Incredible images of the Bárðarbunga eruption

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

Destination Specialist

iceland bardarbunga volcanic eruption from air2 rth

Ragnar TH Sigurdsson, an Icelandic photographer and long-time friend of Discover the World, photographed the Bárðarbunga eruption at the Holuhraun lava field in the highlands of Iceland in autumn 2014.

Ragnar took a sightseeing flight over Bárðarbunga and has captured some incredible images from the air.

iceland bardarbunga volcanic eruption from air rth

The Bárðarbunga volcanic system is one of the largest of its kind in Iceland. A large sub-glacial volcano with a 10km-wide caldera, it is covered by ice up to 700m thick and forms the northwestern part of the Vatnajökull ice cap.

iceland Bardarbunga RTH HiRes Eruption RE CREDITED

After an intial eruption occured on Friday 29th August 2014, a second fissure opened up in the early hours of Sunday 31st August at Holuhraun, north of the Dyngjujökull glacier. It is this images of this eruption that Ragnar has captured.

 

iceland bardarbunga RTH HiRes Lava close up RECREDITED

Discover the World was in communication with renowned geologist, volcanologist and author Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, who provided us with updates and expert analysis throughout the eruption.

iceland bardarbunga RTH Lava RE CREDITED

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