A Geyser Named Geysir

Will it blow? Will it blow? Will it blow?, one can’t help but wonder on a trip to see Iceland’s geysers. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Will it blow? Will it blow? Will it blow?, one can’t help but wonder on a trip to see Iceland’s geysers.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A bit of snow and a bus getting stuck in a snow bank slow our visit to Iceland’s Geysir, for which all other geysers are named, for about a minute. Icelandic drivers and tour guides know what to do in the snow; our bus is back on the right track by the end of our visit to Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant, the geothermal plant that provides hot water to all of Reykjavik.

The geyser named Strokkur puts on a good show. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The geyser named Strokkur puts on a good show.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I fret on our way to the geyser that today will be the one when Earth is temperamental, when the geyser just won’t blow. I need not have worried. While the original Geysir is about out of steam, its nearby sibling, Strokkur, erupts reliably and puts on a good show for all of its visitors.

—Lori Tripoli

Lesson #1 when geyser watching: Don’t stand downwind.  Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Lesson #1 when geyser watching: Don’t stand downwind.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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Even a baby geyser is compelling: Seeing boiling water emerge from the Earth is an unusual experience. Wear appropriate boots!  Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Even a baby geyser is compelling: Seeing boiling water emerge from the Earth is an unusual experience. Wear appropriate boots!
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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