Research trip to Iceland, July 2016

I am writing a new string quartet for the Quatuor Danel inspired by Iceland’s incredible geology (which is hyperactive compared to most other places on earth). Can geological processes, such as eruption and effusion of lava, buckling and cracking of rock, erosion by wind, water and ice be represented by music? Can music evoke Iceland’s unique relationship between heat and cold, and the otherworldly atmosphere of its landscape? That is what I am trying to work out at the moment.

From 13-19 July 2016 I visited Iceland, a place I have always been fascinated by, and I walked the Laugavegur trail from Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk, including the ascent to Fimmvörduháls, beneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (infamous for bringing European air travel to a halt in 2010).

Fimmvorduhals lava and ice
Malkarfljotsgljuf cliff
Hot spring, Landmannalaugar
Volcanic gases, Landmannalaugar
Fimmvorduhals lava and ice