Daredevil photographer captures apocalyptic landscape in aftermath of recent Icelandic eruption
A fearless cameraman ventured within 15m of molten lava to capture these apocalyptic scenes from the recent Icelandic eruption’s aftermath.
Despite the fast-flowing lava trickling down from the crater, Valdimar Leifsson, 61, risked his life to get the stunning close-ups.
A giant burning mass of molten remains can be smouldering in the foreground as the lava continues to spurt from the Holuhraun Eruption’s crater behind.
Valdimar said: “You feel very, very small in a moment like this in front of a 100m high melted lava fountain. “I realised acutely how small and insignificant we are, compared to the awesome power of natural forces. “The heat emanating from the lava is much more visible during the night. “Standing close to the margin of the lava field, one realises the unbridled force of the eruption.”
Validmar – who along with his son Arnar Steinn and wife Bryndis – has captured may eruptions on the island, added: “The lava is flooding towards you over the endless black sand and is glowing in the dark.
“You can hear a constant hissing sound from the crater. It is like you are watching the creation of the earth.
And sometimes you think the earth is going to open up under your feet.”
Valdimar travelled from the nearest civilisation to the eruption, a small farming village in Modrudalur.
Describing the trip he said: “It takes three to four hours to get to Holuhraun eruption from the nearest farm village.
“One sees almost nothing but black sand, and at times, you have to rely on small road markers. It’s like being alone on the moon.”