Lava-ly view: photographer stands in front of violent volcano with 140 metre high lava waves
A brave photographer managed to get within metres of an active volcano despite it spewing out lava waves over 140 metres high.
Silhouetted against a fiery fountain of red, Icelandic photographer, Tómas Freyr Kristjánsson, 37, braved blistering temperatures to get as close the volcano as possible.
Captured at the Holuhraun volcano in the heart of Iceland, the incredible photographs show craters of magma exploding high into the air.
In fact, the volcano became so violent that whilst Tómas was visiting the site, Icelandic national security were forced to close the site to tourists to ensure their safety.
Although very few were brave enough to get so close, Tómas managed to photograph nearby tourists to give some scale to the spraying molten rock, including that of a nearby motorcyclist.
Tomas said: “I got very close the volcano as it erupted only a few days earlier.
“It was quite amazing to be this close as the sound from the lava is quite spectacular, it makes a clinking sound that is similar to that of breaking glass.
“The heat was incredible, I could have roasted hot dogs over some of the lava if I had wanted to.
“It was really hot and we could feel the earth trembling beneath our feet in the constant earthquakes.
“When we got close to the flowing lava the heat was so intense, it is like standing near a big campfire as you can feel your skin burning and becoming red.
“The biggest crater, Baugur, was spewing lava up to 140 metres high in the air, I took photos of people nearby to show its height.
“There were times when we got a bit scared as the area was evacuated by the national security because of volcanic activity under the Vatnajökull glacier.
“It was the most incredible thing I have ever seen, the forces of nature were massive.
“It was awesome, magnificent and beautiful all in one.”