Drone Melts While Capturing Volcanic Eruption From Above

When most people think about Iceland, the first thing that comes to their mind is ice. After all, it’s built right into the name of the country! That being said, there is also plenty of fire, with well over 100 volcanoes in Iceland.

Most of the volcanoes don’t make much of a fuss but one decided to erupt on March 20, 2021, on the Reykjanes peninsula. Geldingadalur erupted and started releasing hot lava up to the surface. Although the volcano is not thought to be a threat at this time, it is being monitored and there are plenty of people who are coming to watch the show.

PHOTO: Instagram / gardarolafsphotography

Most people tend to stay a safe distance but Garðar Ólafs decided to get a little closer. He is a photographer from the local area and he flew a drone over the top of the volcano to capture footage of the lava.

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PHOTO: Instagram / gardarolafsphotography

When you see the footage in the video below, you will have to admit that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Unfortunately, the drone paid the price because it melted from the heat. He said: “I was flying my drone around the eruption and decided it would be cool to see it from straight above. “I slowly lowered the drone until all I could see was erupting lava, and when I looked up, I didn’t see the drone anymore. Basically, I was inside the crater of the volcano.”

PHOTO: Instagram / gardarolafsphotography

Ólafs could tell that the drone was getting too close so he had it return. It came back, but it was damaged due to the heat. Although it was likely a frustrating and potentially expensive mishap, he feels that the video was well worth it.

Watch his video for yourself below:


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