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a plane flying over the Holuhraun lava field in Iceland
December 10, 2014

Fiery Flyby

“Every Icelander has watched this from the day that the earthquakes under the Bárðarbunga volcano on the Vatnajökull glacier started,” writes Your Shot member Baldur Sveinsson, a retired teacher who’s been photographing aircraft for the past 40 years, the most exciting part of which, he says, is photographing from another aircraft. “A pilot friend of mine wanted to have a look at the eruption, which is about an hour from Reykjavík. We weren’t able to find any other aircraft to accompany us but decided to go anyway, as there are almost always some in the vicinity for sightseeing. We found one doing its passes from north to south. It’s at least 300 meters [984 feet] in front of the lava spout.” This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe. Watch: Iceland's volcanoes from above and below »
Photograph by Baldur Sveinsson, National Geographic Your Shot

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