Fire & Ice at Gunnuhver!

We’ve had a period of intense chill in Iceland over the past few days, with the temperature dropping to -15°C on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This has led to unique conditions at many of the geothermal areas, where icicles have been forming alongside steaming hot geothermal vents.

This video was taken at Gunnuhver, an area where steam emanates from the boiling geothermal reservoir water beneath the ground, condensing to mix with surface water.

Over the next 24-48 hours, a warm front is expected with strong gales and storms to lash the south of Iceland. A yellow weather alert has been issued for Faxafloi – Southwest Iceland, Southeast Iceland and the Central Highlands – uninhabited part of Iceland.

In addition, an orange severe weather alert has been issued for South Iceland. Strong gales or storms are expected, with a localised violent storm in the eastern part by the mountains. Gusts will potentially reach 45 m/s. There is a risk of damage to property and flying debris can be expected.

During this time, travelling is not advised.

For up-to-date information, please refer to the Icelandic Met Office website.

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