Námafjall Geothermal Area – Hverir

The background noise is fumarola, or volcanic exhalation, which usually occurs on active volcanoes. There are several of them in the Námafjall geothermal area. Gases are released from the fumaroles, mainly sulfur dioxide – which causes the yellow color around the fumaroles – and hydrogen chloride. In addition, water vapor, the temperature of which can […]

Icelandic Sheep

By this time of year, sheep should have come off the mountains, pastures and other places where they roam all summer. Due to the fact that Icelandic sheep is quite insensitive to harsh weather conditions, in summer animals are released slowly and only in September they are herded into the farms. Often, all the breeders’ […]

Hotspring in Krísuvík

What Happens When You Feel an Earthquake in the Capital District? Everyone goes to the Meteorological Office website to see where the epicenter was and what the strength of the quake was. Therefore, today the vedur.is website has collapsed. Because the earthquake was so powerful that it was felt very clearly in the capital, in […]

Búrfell (Hafnarfjörður) Lava Cave

Today I am taking you to the Búrfell crater in Hafnarfjörður, specifically the lava cave, which is located in part of the lava canal (Búrfellsgjá). The crater is part of the Krýsuvík volcanic system, the same one that shook so badly a few days ago. Búrfell is an example of a volcanic cone. The cone […]

Dwa języki jeden głos / Tvö tungumál ein rödd

Icelandic women, among others, taught us that women can, should, must and want to protest, and that there is great power in the solidarity OF women and WITH women. Icelanders supported us when the first Black Protests passed through Poland in 2016. And today, in reaction to Constitutional Court ruling, a crowd gathered in front […]


When I talked to the people of Iceland (and they were not only Icelanders) about the sounds from the island, I remembered the question of whether the sounds of the waterfalls could be distinguished. – Of course they can – said the friend – I live near Gullfoss, so I know exactly what it sounds […]

Akranesviti: the noise from the lighthouse

So far I had mostly one memory with Akranes. Near this small town in the west of the island, I spent my first night camping in Iceland. I had never been so cold before, I was convinced that this is how mountaineers feel in the camps near Everest and that I would not survive it. […]

Sólheimajökull: Glacier Face

Sólheimajökull, meaning “the glacier where the sun lives”. In fact, when Reykjavík was bathing in snow, we found the sun on the glacier and spent the whole day there, from sunrise to sunset, i.e. 4 hours. In addition, the weather was almost windless, in short – perfect recording conditions. Now I know that what has […]

The depths of the glacier: Sólheimajökull crevice

As you may know, in the niður/noise/szum project, field recordings are just one form of documenting Iceland’s sound. Apart from that, I talk to its inhabitants, mainly artists, but not only. Recently I had the opportunity to talk about the sounds of Iceland with John Snorri Sigurjónsson, climber, the first Icelandic conqueror of K2, Lhotse […]

First storm in December

I am often asked what the polar night sounds like. For me in Iceland, the darker the louder. In winter, the frequency of storms, not only snowstorms, increases significantly. They occur almost every week. Their frequency and strength is increasing year by year, possibly one of the effects of climate change. I recorded this sound […]