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Stunning and Scary Aerial Photos of Erupting Volcano in Iceland Shooting Lava 500ft in the Air

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In case you don’t watch the news, you should know: there’s currently a volcanic eruption in progress in Iceland. Earlier this week, the Bárðarbunga volcano in the Holuhraun lava field began spewing hundreds of cubic meters of lava, providing a perfect photo-op for Icelandic photographer and Guide to Iceland co-founder Iurie Belegurschi.

The photos below were taken from a helicopter yesterday, and show a fissure nearly 2 miles in length spewing lava as high as 150m (~500ft) in the air. Even from the air, it was an intense experience.

“I […] came very close to [the volcano],” Belegurschi told us when we asked permission to share the photos. “We took the doors off, so we could actually feel the heat from the volcano! My face was burning :).”

Only an Icelandic photographer with a thing for volcanoes would put a smiley face after the phrase “my face was burning,” and we love him a bit more for it. Here are the rest of the images he shot while in the air over the volatile volcano:

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You can see all of these photos in higher resolution at Guide to Iceland by clicking here. And if you’d like to see more from Belegurschi, you can head over to his website, sign up for his newsletter, or give him a follow on Facebook.

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Image credits: Photographs by Iurie Belegurschi and used with permission

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