For more than 800 years, the volcanic system on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula sat dormant. That is, until March 2021, when a fissure vent appeared south of Fagradalsfjall mountain. A throng of scientists, photographers, and tourists descended on the area to capture the long-awaited eruption, with the first event continuing for six months, followed by a second—and very similar one—that ran for less than three weeks in August 2022.

Two days ago, a new eruption began spewing dramatic currents of lava in an area north of Fagradalsfjall, near Litli-Hrútur. Drone pilot Isak Finnbogaso captured stunning footage of the remarkable landscape as it churned molten earth to the surface. You can see more of his footage of Iceland on YouTube and Instagram. (via Kottke)


An aerial view of an eruption at Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano.

All images © Isak Finnbogason

An gif from an aerial view of an eruption at Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano.

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