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Geysir Erupts to Loud Applause

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Geysir Erupts to Loud Applause

Geysir

Archive photo of Geysir. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Geysir, Iceland’s most famous geyser (and the source of the word) appears to have woken up from a long rest. For the second time in a month, it erupted yesterday to the immense delight of bystanders, according to RÚV.

Guide Ása Björk Þorleifsdóttir heard loud rumbling behind her, turned around and witness an unforgettable sight: a tall and wide plume of water—much larger, she said, than ever erupts from the nearby geyser Strokkur.

Her group of tourists thought she was losing it when she screamed to bring their attention to the spectacle.

In the old days, an eruption from Geysir was sometimes produced at the arrival of kings and queens by pouring soap into it. Such event planning, though, is no longer practiced. This time, Geysir simply needed an outlet for its energy.

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