ANTURUS ICELAND

On the 20th of October 2016 an Anturus team travelled to 64º north to explore the land of fire and ice to create amazing resources to teach children worldwide about its glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and fissures.

Meet the team

Dr. Vivien Cumming is an earth scientist, writer and photographer with a PhD in Early Life and Climate. She joined the team for Anturus Iceland to experience the volatile landscapes of the island first hand.

Joby Newson is an adventure filmmaker and photographer who travels the world to document the work of science communicators.

Naomi Moore is a passionate geographer and KS4&5 teacher, who joined the Anturus team to share her experiences of geography in action.

Fran Scott is a TV presenter, science communicator and a new member of the Anturus team. Fran was drawn to working with Anturus through her love of adventure and new experiences.

Dr. Melanie Windridge is a Plasma Physicist with a taste for adventure. Melanie wrote the book (literally) on the Aurora Borealis and has been involved with Anturus since 2015.

Neil Monteiro is a Physicist and Science Communicator. His love is for curiosity, amazement and experimental intermedia. Neil has been on every Anturus expedition and loves exploring the natural world

Huw James is the founder of Anturus. A passionate science communicator and educator, Huw chose Iceland for this trip for its fascinating geology and unusual climate.

First stop of the trip was the awesome Strokkur geyser, a geothermal vent that spews boiling water 30m in the air.

Not far from Strokkur lies Gullfoss, the first of many enormous waterfalls the team encountered.

The quest for the fabled Icelandic Banana took the Anturus team to Friðheimar Tomato Farm. No bananas here, but some delicious tomatoes grown using geothermal energy.

Next up was the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which cascades over 60m to the plunge pool below. Seljalandsfoss is one of many waterfalls fed by the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, which sits atop the infamous volcano.

It's no mean feat filming underneath one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. The constant spray pushed the team's camera gear and clothing to the limits!

The journey then took the team to another of Iceland's awesome waterfalls, Skogafoss.
The road to Jökulsárlón was full of surprises.
The world famous Jökulsárlón is where the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier meets a large lagoon, formed when the glacier started to retreat from the Atlantic Ocean. Now it sits almost 1.5km away from the ocean's edge and covers nearly 18 square kilometers.

It was returning from Jökulsárlón that the team were treated to an amazing display from the Northern Lights.

The next day the team visited the Agricultural University of Iceland and at last found the fabled Icelandic bananas. In these geothermally heated greenhouses Börkur and his team are testing different wavelengths of light to perfect their produce. In one greenhouse everything from coffee trees to cocoa are grown using Iceland's natural heat energy.
Not far from the Agricultural University lies the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Station, the second largest of its kind in the world. Here they have pioneered a new carbon capture technology; the carbon produced by the power station is pumped back underground and is reabsorbed by the basalt rock below.

Over the next few days the team visited some of Southern Iceland's most geothermally active areas

The Gunnuhver mud pools are the largest in Iceland

For the last two days of the trip, the team ventured onto the massive Sólheimajökull Glacier.
Iceland is around 11% covered with permanent ice, but this is shrinking at a rate of almost 11 billion tonnes per year, and the Solheimjokull is one of the country's fastest receding glaciers.

Feb by the mighty Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, the Sólheimajökull glacier is over 11km long and 2km wide in parts. That's around 7,700,000,000 cubic metres of ice forcing their way through the landscape.

Created By
Joby Newson
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Credits:

Huw James, Vivien Cumming, Naomi Moore, Fran Scott, Neil Monteiro, Melanie Windridge & Joby Newson

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