Gossa is Icelandic for soda and also refers to a volcanic eruption and a geyser eruption.. The word is also related to our word Gush and is a relative of Geysir. Geysir is an Icelandic word meaning “Spouting”. Strokkur is the only regularly erupting Geyser in Iceland and can be seen at Geysir. Strokkur’s eruptions only last a second, but there is only 4 – 7 minutes between eruptions.
This was an unusually long exposure of Strokkur. Half a second was the shutter speed at a subject I normally like to use a fast shutter with. This long exposure captured a blend of the blue bubble and the movement of the eruption. I usually capture the full eruption with a vertical frame and the bubble with a horizontal frame. As this was traveling upwards, I felt that a vertical frame was the best way to compose this geyser photo.
The dawn is not a quick affair in Iceland. The colours can be good for many hours especially on a mid-Summer night.
The black sand beach with magical chunks of glacial ice is where the Atlantic Ocean interacts with Europe’s largest glacier.
This is a very popular ice cave and is normally full of tourists. On this morning, we were in there hours before the tourists.