Exciting Geothermal Energy!

geothermal activity

I have made my journey to the Hellnar Area, a land filled of geothermal activities!

The Icelandics have made a proud of controlling this great renewable source of energy! 85% of all eclectricity in Iceland is provided by renewables!
I went to the geothermal plant to explore the sound of these steams and pipes.

Then I sought for mud pots and hot springs!  I really like the natural crepitation and bubbling sounds coming from our earth. It is so exciting!

I eventually found out  that it even exists a geothermal cuisine!

This was my last stop in Iceland! I still want to record more, as this island hasn’t revealed all its power!
I am really impressed by how the Natural Forces (Wind, Earth, Fire, Water,..) are inherent of the landscapes and shaped the way human cultures developed!

Stealth Recording in Reykjavik!

Going through parks, the Kolaportið market, the Hallgrimskirkja tourist crowd,   and random streets…

after many nights of not sleeping well in hostels

I think only the cat has discovered my disguise!

Songhellir, the singing cave

On the trail to Snaefellsjoküll, I passed through a place called “Songhellir” or “Singing Cave”  in English.
I walked up from the road intersection since there was no way to continue by car because of the ice and snow (winter time!)


I arrived in front of the entrance of the cave but unfortunately it was obstructed by a lot of snow.


Anyway, I was able  to climb up the snow and the icy rocks.
Hopefully I had train climbing last year, so I  had some assurance doing it!
A the top of my climbing I could enter some cavities where the wind was funneled and this made really cool swooshing sounds.


So, even if I couldn’t get into the cave, I had some nice recordings of wind!

Abandoned Shelters

I have always been attracted by abandoned house and places,
It is still mysterious to know that people used to lived there or some activities took place at this particular location.
The remains of another time, makes us travel in our imagination, and still sound can have some interesting particularities at those places.

In my trip to Iceland I stumble on 3 different shelters: 2 abandoned houses and 1 fish shed.

Since wind was an inherent part of the trip, the air passing by the remaining architecture and the holes made interesting recordings.

The Road to Borgarnes

On the road to Bogarnes,
I found this little town calles Akranes on the seaside of the west coast of Iceland.


The village in itself was not extraordinary but at the end of the town lays a nice lighthouse.


This particular day is very windy and hazy, it is difficult to stay outside. The rushing waves breaks loudly on the shore.

The scenery is grandiose, and I was figuring out how am I gonna record anything with this wind?
I figured out that this was a great occasion,
and I should take the opportunity to indeed record “wind”!

I started to compile a lot of wind sounds with obsession but this is kind of fascinating!

Borgarnes

Surprising Steaming Earth!

I have been driving around Reykjavik onto the golden circle.


Past the Thingvellir park, I saw steam coming from earth, thus intrigued me.
I realized this was the Geysir area, with many hot pots and geyser.

The geyser ‘Geysir’ is well-known and it is considered the mother of all geysers, since its name gave the name for all geysers on earth.

The Geysir is not spurting at this time, but smaller but nice one just next to Geysir, called Strokkur, spurts a lot more.

For recording the geyser, I used the mkh418 and Sanken C0-100k.
This would make nice watery explosion sound!

What an amazing show from our planet! This is stunning.
The whole area is full of geothermal activities.

Along the trail, I found Smoking River too!

Next, direction Snaefellsness Peninsula….