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Drone Flies in the Mouth of Erupting Volcano in Iceland, Stunning Video Goes Viral

Screenshot from drone footage of Iceland volcano shared by Bjorn Steinbekk.

Screenshot from drone footage of Iceland volcano shared by Bjorn Steinbekk.

After thousands of mild and not-so-mild earthquakes in Iceland, it’s time for volcanoes to take the stage. Fagradals Mountain recently ejected a stream of lava from its belly, spewing the river down its side like a glacier of fire.

While volcanic eruptions are certainly horrifying, some milder eruptions can be a fascinating sight. After thousands of mild and not-so-mild earthquakes in Iceland, it’s time for volcanoes to take the stage. Fagradals Mountain recently ejected a stream of lava from its belly, spewing the river down its side like a glacier of fire. Many people flocked to the nearest road to the mountain to look at the glowing embers but one photographer flew his drone right over to produce the most phenomenal images and videos.

Travel blogger Bjorn Steinbekk took multiple videos of the lava eruption on the mountain in Fagradalsfjall Iceland. According to ABC News, the volcano had been dormant for over 6,000 years. According to local reports, the lava was so bright that its glow could be seen from the outskirts of Reykjavík, which is roughly 32 kilometres away from the site of eruption.

The drone footage caught viral attention when photojournalist and YouTuber Anthony Quintano shared it on his Twitter account.“WOW! FPV drone footage at the volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall Iceland. Definitely watch to the end,” he wrote.

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The footage has over 926K views and over 63K likes.

Steinbekk originally shared this footage on his Instagram Reels with Kings of Leon Sex on Fire song added to enhance the video. The blogger also shared it on his Facebook page.

He shared another version of the lava ejection, this time set to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.

It has over 400K views on the photo-sharing platform. A few drops of red-hot lava spouted by the volcano almost collide with the drone. Many users asked whether the drone survived this brutal trip, to which someone related to the photographer replied it did.

According to Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) an eruption was anticipated in light of the multiple earthquakes. However, the eruption was not severe.

Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption in 2010 had caused flights to be stranded and road traffic halted to due ash-covered skies. This time, the lava simply flowed like a slow-moving glacier without much aerial debris except a little smoke and vapour.

first published:March 23, 2021, 08:30 IST