There are few videos I have clicked on faster than a drone filming itself crashing into a volcano in Iceland. This video shows a DJI first-person view drone as it records the rivers of lava flowing out of Fagradalsfjall before plummeting into a fiery death, all in glorious 4K.
If there's one thing I really appreciate about some photographers and videographers, it's that they're not precious with their gear. To get the truly incredible, singular shots, sometimes you have to put yourself and your equipment on the line and that is exactly what happened here.
Fagradalsfjall is a volcano located just 25 miles from Reykjavik, Iceland. In December 2019, a series of earthquakes hit the area which concerned locals and experts, indicating that an eruption may be on the horizon. In March 2021, the earthquakes were coming thick and fast, with over 40,000 tremors recorded by seismographs. At 8:45pm on 19th March 2021, the eruption started, which is the first to happen in 800 years. Fagradalsfjall is said to have been dormant for closer to 6,000 years. This terrifying but fascinating event attracted locals, tourists, and photographers to see the giant fissures of lava.
However, some took the opportunity differently to others. Joey Helms, a photographer and videographer, took his DJI FPV drone and flew over the winding flows of golden death, but then a little too close to one of the fissures. This saw a quick death for the drone, but the footage lives on and gives us, quite possibly, the first view of its kind.