Paducah Kentucky quilt show is right around the corner, and it is more than 30 years old quilt show organized in Kentucky. It is a bi-annual quilt show that will be held on April 22 this year. The Paducah Kentucky quilt show is conducted in the months suitable for planning a trip to Iceland.
You can plan a trip to Iceland to witness the northern lights, visit the green farms of Iceland, and have a great Geyser geothermal area tour. If you are one of those tourists who loves traveling and attend quilt shows, it is like shooting two birds with a single arrow. The great Geyser geothermal area tour is located in the southern part of Iceland.
History of the geothermal area of Iceland
The great geyser geothermal area of Iceland has a rich history. Its first-ever accounted description can be found in the books of the early 13th century when many natural geysers were discovered.
Frequent earthquakes in the 17th century led to a massive eruption of the Geysir, the great geyser on hibernation. Since then, it has been a fascinating natural phenomenon to see. Many people got to know about Geysir in the 19th century through books and sometimes visiting the geothermal area.
Iceland has faced many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that can lead to the natural opening and closing of several geysers in Iceland’s geothermal area.
Most Famous Geysers of Iceland
1. The great Geysir
Geysir is the main attraction when you visit the Geothermal areas of Iceland. People across the globe come to visit this tourist attraction. Geysir has a long history and has been active and inactive since the 12th century. Geysir has always been an erratic and unpredictable natural geyser. The Geysir is so famous that tourists often get confused between Geysir and Geyser geothermal area.
For example, in the 1800s, Geysir erupted up to 170 meters and sometimes only 60-40 meters. In 1910, Geysir erupted after every half an hour, but within six years, that time frame increased to 6 hours. After few years, the eruption stopped, though Geysir was forced for the artificial eruption using soap.
The artificial eruption using soaps can only be performed occasionally by government-certified geologists due to environmental concerns. In 2000 an earthquake-induced eruption from Geysir reached up to 400 feet, making it one of the highest eruptions in history.
From 2000 to 2003, Geysir would erupt 2-3 times a day, but the eruptions gradually decreased. So, no one knows when Geysir will erupt again, that is the thrill of visiting Geysir.
2. The Strokkuer Geyser
The mighty Geysir often undermines the magnificence of the Strokkuer Geyser. Strokkuer geyser is one of the most active natural geysers in the world. It erupts after every 4-10 minutes. The height of the eruption is around 15-20 meters. However, the maximum eruption height achieved by the Strokkuer Geyser is 40 meters.
Strokkuer geyser is believed to be of the same age as the Geysir. Due to the unpredictability and eruption height of the Geysir, Strokkuer remained unnoticed by the people till the 18th century. In the 20th century, an earthquake clogged the Strokkuer geyser, but since 1963, Strokkuer geyser has been the most active natural geyser in the world.
Whenever you visit the Strokkuer Geyser, you should always be ready with your camera to capture the eruption of the mighty Strokkuer Geyser.
3. Other Natural geysers
Other than Strokkuer Geyser and Geysir, there are three more natural geysers in Iceland’s geothermal area. They are Blesi, Fata, and Konungshver. These are small natural geysers that erupt up to 2-3 feet.
How to reach the Geothermal Area?
The geothermal area is located in the Haukadalur Valley in south Iceland. It is just an hour and a half drive from the capital city. The geothermal area is not in the remotes places of the Haukadalur Valley, so it is easy to reach there. You can quickly locate the geothermal sites. The area outside the geothermal area is full of restaurants, cafes, and car parking. You can easily spot the erupting geysers from the parking lot.
You don’t have to worry about carrying food with you because the nearby restaurants have it fixed for you. If you want to capture the magnificent eruptions, you should visit the area early in the morning or late afternoon.