This Photographer Defied Death to Capture Images of Iceland’s Most Fearsome Volcanoes

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Image: Skarphedinn Thrainsson
Thrainsson also traveled to the Icelandic Highlands to capture the erupting Holuhraun lava field, seen here next to the aurora borealis.

Naturally, at that time people around the globe tracked updates on the eruption with bated breath. Eyjafjallajökull, meanwhile, also tore a new crater into the volcanic landscape due to its sheer explosive force.

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Image: Skarphedinn Thrainsson
Thrainsson has said that getting so close to a volcano is “the most amazing thing” he has ever experienced.

And while it was more than enough for many to witness the dramatic events on television, for others the idea of standing so close to the active volcano that they could feel its burning intensity was a far more enticing prospect. Indeed, that’s exactly where Thrainsson was during all the action, snapping away with his camera to capture nature in all its awe-inspiring glory. He was also present during the first, smaller eruption of Eyjafjallajökull at Fimmvörðuháls that took place from March 20 to April 13, 2010.

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Image: Skarphedinn Thrainsson
Another viewer comes to see the splendor of the eruption at Fimmvörðuháls.

However, such feats are practically just another day at the office for the Icelandic-born nature lover. After all, Thrainsson’s career in photography concentrates in particular on capturing some of his native country’s most awe-inspiring environmental sights.

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