The Power of the Atlantic

The Power of the Atlantic

by Glenn Strypsteen, KU Leuven, Bruges, Belgium

During a fierce storm that hit Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, with winds gusting over 130 km/h, huge waves and swell pounded the coast. The storm was caused by a low-pressure system that moved over the area, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain.

The Reykjanes Peninsula is a region located in southwestern Iceland that is well-known for its geothermal activity, volcanic landscapes, and unique geological features. The peninsula is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. As a result, the Reykjanes Peninsula is a hotbed of geological activity and an ideal location for studying various earth sciences.

I had this image on my mind for a long time, and it finally happened right before I had to leave the country. Capturing the image was challenging, as the conditions were harsh and the waves were powerful, but the resulting photograph is a testament to the beauty and power of nature.

Winner in the EGU Photo Competition 2023