Photographer Thrainn Kolbeinsson managed to capture breathtaking shots of an eruption in Iceland.

Thrainn Kolbeinsson is a full-time photographer based in Iceland. He is passionate about exploring unique landscapes and creating visual stories of adventures in the outdoors. In March 2021, Thrainn Kolbeinsson managed to capture breathtaking shots of an eruption in Iceland.

Thrainn Kolbeinsson says: “It has begun. After weeks of earthquakes and threats of an eruption, everything became relatively quiet for a few days. Then on Friday evening, 19th of March, at 8:45 pm the earth suddenly opened up and the night sky turned red. The Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters were the first on scene and it was hard to tell how big it was, only that it was moving fast. The eruption happened just short of 10km (6 miles) from the nearest town. The day after, I hiked to the site to document this unique event as closely as possible. Even though it might look terrifying, it was actually a beautiful experience watching the violent spits from the volcano quickly turn into smooth streams of glowing lava as new earth was being born. Every day the area has changed and at this pace, the whole valley will fill up in about 10-20 days. After that, it’s unclear how the process will unfold. I have spent that last 6 days at the eruption site and here is a short series from the first few days after the eruption.”

Below you can see some of his shots. For more, please visit his website or follow this talented photographer on Behance and Instagram.

NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson
NEW EARTH—eruption in Iceland photographed by Thrainn Kolbeinsson

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