These Photographers Captured the Dangerous Iceland Volcano Eruption

Instead of running away from the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland, this photographer duo decided to rush towards it instead and capture some immense photographs.Situated near the west coast of Iceland, the Geldingadalsgos volcanic eruption started just a few days ago and marks what is likely to be the first volcanic eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula for almost 800 years. While the rest of the world looks on in anticipation since the last big eruption (at Eyjafjallajökull) caused widespread upset, grounding planes and stopping international travel for weeks. However, in contrast, the Icelanders are excited.

Despite the danger posed by a volcano, the photography duo Gudmann and Gyda had planned to be nearby when the volcano started eruption. After a long, perilous journey through the lava fields and provisions stashed away in their camera bags to keep them going, they finally found the eruption, spewing hot molten rock onto the earth's surface.

But faced with dangerous gases, sweltering temperatures, and no safety rope in sight, these photographers were heading straight towards one of the most dangerous natural events the earth can give out. At one point Gudmann describes just how hot it is standing there taking photos and feels like his camera could be about to burn up. It's no surprise to learn that rescue teams had to search and pick up hikers that were ill-prepared for the extreme conditions that faced them on the journey to the volcano. Armed with their Nikon D4 and D850 cameras they managed to capture some truly out-of-this-world imagery at Geldingadalur. Find out how they got on when face-to-face with this fiery furnace in the land of fire and ice.

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Jason is an internationally award-winning photographer with more than 10 years of experience. A qualified teacher and Master’s graduate, he has been widely published in both print and online. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014.

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