Stunning Images of Iceland’s Volcanic Eruption, March 2021

Sunday, 21st March 2021

Pam Forrest

iceland rth sigurdsson in front of fagradalsfjall eruption site 20mar2021

On Friday 19 March 2021, a volcanic eruption started in the Fagradalsfjall area of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The first eruption here in 800 years, it was in fact ‘due’ and after weeks of earthquakes and intense monitoring by scientists, the main event finally began on Friday evening with a fissure around 500 – 700 metres long opening up releasing red hot lava flows. This dramatic spectacle has been captured by photographer Ragnar TH Sigurðsson.


Ragnar Thor Sigurðsson

Ragnar is one of Iceland’s foremost photographers and has been shooting most of our images in Iceland for almost 30 years.  He has special permission to visit active volcanic sites which are off limits to all but a few scientists and his material has been used in prestigious publications all over the world. Ragnar is able to capture the magic of the ever changing tapestry of Iceland’s magic landscape like nobody else, and we are extremely proud to have him working with us.

iceland fagradalsfjall eruption site 20mar2021 by rth sigurdsson
iceland fagradalsfjall eruption lava flow 20mar2021 by rth sigurdsson
iceland fagradalsfjall lava 20mar2021 by rth sigurdsson
iceland lava at fagradalsfjall by rth sigurdsson
iceland fish eye view of helicopter over fagradalsfjall eruption rth sigurdsson
iceland helicopter flying over fagradalsfjall eruption site rth sigurdsson
iceland fagradalsfjall eruption site mar21 by rth sigurdsson
iceland lava at fagradalsfjall2 by rth sigurdsson
iceland lava at fagradalsfjall3 by rth sigurdsson

All images copyright RTH Sigurðsson, www.arctic-images.com


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