Forces of Nature - Eyjafjallajökull Eruption

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Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
Finally it cleared up in Iceland and the latest eruption in Eyjafjallajökull was clearly viewable from the ground. Went there with my wife, Skarpi and Gunnar Gestur.

We got pretty close to the eruption about 10km away from crater. Seeing these huge columns blast kilometers into the air was just unbelievable. The size of this thing can not be portrait by a image. You have to see it by your self. One feels where little in comparison with forces of this size.

Every night before dark (around 10pm now) the area is evacuated because of flood risk. At night one can not see if there is a flood coming your way. We however got a special permission to stay inside the safety zone. This is the time when the forces of the eruption really become evident. We saw lava fountains probably 500-700m high through the ash cloud. This lava fountain and ash cloud was followed by severe lightning activity.

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  1. oneworldmj 46 months ago | reply

    Wow!!!!!! That's incredible! I see a monster!!! Amazing image - awesome work!

  2. I am marlon 44 months ago | reply

    Your shot is hard to duplicate. Please post your shot at
    Hard to Duplicate Group.

  3. Laura_GD 43 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Hidden Journeys run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    The group explores the amazing landscapes underneath international flight paths and we'd love to have your photo as part of the group.

  4. Yannick Lefevre 43 months ago | reply

    impressive again with this one !!!

  5. Jared Ropelato 43 months ago | reply

    This is one of the cooler photos I've ever scene. Amazing work of an amazing subject.

  6. Acaiene 43 months ago | reply

    I want to be when you grow up!
    What image, what a fine job

  7. sunset_man 42 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful beast!

  8. kristoffw 38 months ago | reply

    unbelievable capture! I love how beautiful and powerful this is. fantastic work.

  9. Pan.101 37 months ago | reply


  10. Jamandra 37 months ago | reply

    The lighnings are spektacular.
    Seen in your Most Interesting set. (?)

  11. xMERLINx 37 months ago | reply

    wow, great picture, looks like an evil wizard! Can see the wolf too.

  12. woof336699 32 months ago | reply

    Wow, distructive but at the same time, beautiful. It looks like that eruption has a soul. It almost makes me think of it as a living entity.

  13. Edson_Matthews 32 months ago | reply

    These photos are simply mind-blowing!

  14. andrew.s87 31 months ago | reply


  15. Le.Sanchez 21 months ago | reply

    wow this is amazing

  16. coach48 20 months ago | reply

    OUT OF THIS WORLD !!!..........
    great light and colour…….....
    fantastic shot .......!!!

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