What do you call taking a photo of a volcano together with the Northern lights on a starry night ? - "Once in a lifetime opportunity" doesn't really cover it.
The volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland 2010, causing extensive air traffic disruption, started with an eruption on the east side of the volcano in a place called Fimmvörðuháls. The location provided an opportunity for up-close encounters and with a team of SUV enthusiasts and other photography nerds I was able to travel to the remote site of the eruption. We crossed the glacier Mýrdalsjökull using vehicles specially modified for glacial driving, lucky enough to catch the perfect day in between days of blizzards and poor visibility. At the site of the eruption, we could only humbly watch the power of nature presenting us with a scene of roaring fire and earth's landscaping in action as the lava flowed from the crater to lower grounds. The visual impression got even more intense in the twilight hour, bringing out the vivid colors of the fire, set against the dark blue sky. As we got ready to leave that night and finished getting our obligatory volcano portraits taken, I notice the Northern lights appearing in the starry skies above the volcano for a fleeting moment – the biggest Kodak moment of my life.
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