There are around 130 volcanoes in Iceland. Most of them are inactive, but the country has recently experienced a rare volcanic eruption in the southwest area of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
A series of earthquakes erupted the Fagradalsfjall volcano, located near Reykjavik, Iceland, for the first time in more than 800 years. Photographer Garðar Ólafs is one local who may have let his drone get a little too close.
Ólafs managed to fly his drone directly over the top of the volcano and capture footage that looks straight down into the fiery mouth of the fissure. The amazing shot came at a cost, though; the extreme heat caused Ólafs’s drone to melt!
“I was flying my drone around the eruption and decided it would be cool to see it from straight above,” the photographer says. “I slowly lowered the drone until all I could see was erupting lava, and when I looked up, I didn’t see the drone anymore. Basically, I was inside the crater of the volcano.”
His images and videos reveal just how beautiful the fiery scene is!