Watch This Jaw-Dropping 360° Drone Footage Of Iceland’s Epic Eruption


Beginning with the opening of a lava-spewing fissure within the Geldingadalur valley on March 19, and now numbering at least six different hellish chasms, the ongoing eruption over on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula continues to impress. The nature of this sort of effusion makes it relatively safe to approach, and from the moment it began, lava watchers from across the country flocked to the sight of Earth’s youngest land being born. Several marriage proposals have taken place there, as well as the filming of a music video and even a full-blown wedding.

Quite understandably, the photography of the eruption has been nothing less than stunning. Drone pilots have also taken the opportunity to film the magmatic machinations from above. These include Bjorn Steinbekk, who early on flew a drone over a river of molten rock before zipping over the top of the lava-spitting spatter cone.

Most recently, he flew a drone right into the middle of some lava fountaining, where it promptly melted.

Now, courtesy of Insta360’s drone flight over the multi-fissure eruption, you can gawp at the pyrotechnics in glorious 8K. If you have a VR headset, plug it in and enjoy a 360° performance of nature’s greatest fireworks display. And even if you don’t, the panoramic footage recorded by the drone means that you can change the view while watching the flight on your computer: simply click on the video and drag the frame about with your mouse or touchpad. Neat, eh?

Unlike Steinbekk’s (perhaps intentionally?) sacrificed drone, this one – a DJI Matrice 600 drone with an Insta360 Pro 2 camera, for those wanting to nab the same set up – survived the flight, despite the scorching-hot, turbulent air above the lava. Many thanks indeed to photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson and drone pilot Arnar Þór Þórsson, who shot this undeniably epic footage.

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