The geothermically heated pack of water
found a weak spot in the wall in the 1960s and began escaping, creating a geyser
. Over the years, dissolved minerals created the mound that water now spews up to five metres from.
The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres).
These ponds are forming an ecosystem, with small fish and birds such as swans and mallards enjoying the geyser. Its rainbow colouration comes from the various minerals that are in the water reacting with oxygen in the air.
It is covered with thermophilic algae which as a heat tolerant microorganism that thrives in this sort of hot environment
David Jamison, who gives tours to the geyser said: ‘I’d like to see more people be able to enjoy it.
‘The colours they change constantly depending on the season and how much water is on them
‘When I saw it for the first time it wasn’t this big. This whole area’s kind of magic, there’s no aeroplanes here or cars. It’s just peaceful and quiet, all these beautiful mountains around. And the sound of the water.’
Fly Geyser is located on private land and is locked behind a closed gate and a fence topped with barbed wire. It is rarely open to the public but can be viewed from the road.