Epic Photos of the 2010 Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland


Back in 2010, a series of volcanic eruptions in Iceland captured the world’s attention. Although they were relatively small in scale, the ash that was spewed into the air disrupted air travel across Europe for a number of days. Photographer Sigurdur Stefnisson witnessed the eruptions first hand, and was able to capture a series of jaw-dropping photographs showing the power and scale of the ash clouds, lightning, and lava.

Stefnisson tells us that the eruptions started off with a small lava fountain eruption on the side of the volcano (something the locals call a “tourist eruption.”) Just days later, the top crater of the volcano went off with an explosive ash eruption.

Once the activity started, Stefnisson drove over glaciers to capture lava eruption shots, setup his camera 7 kilometers away to capture lightning shots, and visited the south coast to snag some wide-angle shots of the ash cloud floating over the horizon toward Europe.









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These resulting photographs have been featured in many publications, including on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site. You can find a larger set of the images on Flickr here and here.

P.S. Be sure to check out this amazing time-lapse video of the same eruption.

Image credits: Photographs by Sigurdur Stefnisson and used with permission

  • OtterMatt

    These weren’t taken from atop the wing of a biplane in flight. Fail.

    (seriously though, these are the definition of epic.)

  • Ashton War

    Michael, please come back! It was awesome when you were posting the majority of content here. PetaPixel is just an average photography blog without you.

  • Brooks

    You can see how Greek myths came about. Imagine a member of early civilization trying to make odds and ends of this sight??

  • kirsten863

    My Uncle Jacob got a year 2013 Audi TT RS
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