Storm Chaser Captures Incredible Footage of Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Lava Pouring from Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland by Brian Emfinger

Arkansas-based storm chaser and photojournalist Brian Emfinger loves getting close to Mother Nature. So it made perfect sense that he would travel to see one of nature's most incredible phenomenon—a volcanic eruption. And this eruption just happened to be in Iceland, where the Fagradalsfjall volcano has been active since March. Emfinger made the long journey to Iceland to document the event and came away with some breathtaking images.

Perhaps one of his most memorable photos is an aerial view showing a pool of lava spilling across the earth. At the perimeter stands a crowd of people, watching in awe. As the lava moved slowly, people, including Emfinger, were using its heat to warm themselves up in the snowy environment. “I’ve seen lots of comments on how everyone who was there close to the lava was absolutely crazy…but for nearly all of us who were there, it didn’t feel crazy,” Emfinger tells My Modern Met. “It was amazing and serene and simply unbelievable.”

Emfinger, who told us that he loves seeing “Mother Nature at her most angry which oftentimes also is when she is at her most beautiful,” took full advantage of his time in Iceland. This not only included taking photos of the slow-moving lava, but also photographing Fagradalsfjall as it bubbled and erupted. In addition to his still images, he recorded some spectacular video which he made into an epic 45-minute volcano supercut.

The photojournalist's trip took place early in Fagradalsfjall's eruption, but the volcano hasn't slowed down. The eruption is ongoing, with lava still flowing from some fissures. Thankfully, the volcano doesn't pose an imminent threat to people, as the surrounding location is largely uninhabited. But as long as Fagradalsfjall continues its activity, it's sure to continue to attract adventurers.

Storm chaser Brian Emfinger traveled to Iceland to photograph the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland Erupting

Iceland Volcano Eruption

The photojournalist took incredible aerial photos of the crowds watching as lava slowly made its way across the snow.

Lava Pouring from Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland by Brian Emfinger

Lava Pouring from Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland by Brian Emfinger

Close Up Photo of Lava

The volcano has been active since mid-March.

Iceland Volcano Eruption

Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland

Its accessible location has made it a destination for locals and tourists.

Fagradalsfjall volcano Erupting

Emfinger also took some spectacular video footage of the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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