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Watch: Incredible drone footage of volcanic eruption in Iceland goes viral

Spectacular drone footage of a volcano spewing lava in Iceland on Friday has captivated social media users all over the world.

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Image via: Twitter / @Vedurstofan

A dormant Icelandic volcano, near Fagradalsfjall, erupted for the first time in 800 years on Friday 19 March. It has proven to be quite the attraction – drawing scores of eager visitors. Many simply wish to marvel at the molten rock flowing over the ground, others want to capture and preserve the spectacle in photographs or video footage and one drone pilot accomplished this feat in spectacular fashion.


Bjorn Steinbekk, an Icelandic drone pilot and videographer, sent his unmanned aerial vehicle into the eye of the eruption and surprisingly the drone survived. The risk taken by Steinbekk was well worth it as it resulted in breathtaking footage that seems too good to be true.

Hæ, ég heiti Björn og drónaisti!

Posted by Bjorn Steinbekk on Sunday, March 21, 2021

The footage shows the streams of red lave running from the volcanic fissure and the drone flits past specks of hot lava, which were propelled into the air.

The eruption site is in a valley approximately 4.7 kilometres from the southern coast of the country’s peninsula, the coastal town of Grindavík is the closest populated area — it lies approximately 10 kilometres southwest of the volcano.


The eruption began at 20:45 UTC on Friday, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) and it was first detected by a webcam situated close to the mountain before being confirmed by thermal imaging via satellite.

“The eruption is considered small at this stage and the volcanic activity has somewhat decreased since yesterday evening,” said IMO in an update on Saturday.

The organisation indicated that the eruptive fissure, from the lava that was spewing, was approximately 500 to 700 metres long and that the lava only covered an area about 500 metres wide.

The eruption is believed to have been precipitated by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that struck near Mount Keilir on the outskirts of the capital Reykjavik on 24 February. The area has since been under heavy surveillance for several weeks.

The seismic activity has abated over the last few days but the IMO is still keeping a close eye on the situation and releases regular updates.