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Photo: Daníel Páll Jónasson.

‘Like Standing Beside an Orange Dettifoss’

Those fortunate enough to be present at the Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption site on Thursday morning were treated to an awesome sight: a glowing wave of lava tumbling down a hillside. Luckily for the rest of us, the spectacle was captured in a video by geographer Daníel Páll Jónasson.

“It was like standing beside an orange Dettisfoss,” Daníel Páll remarked in an interview with Vísir, likening the flow to one of Iceland’s most magnificent waterfalls, reputed to be one of the most powerful in Europe.


Daníel Páll has been a regular visitor to Fagradalsfjall since the eruption began in March 2021. He filmed the video above on his 27th visit to the site and has also taken tens of thousands of photographs of it. But he still finds the experience of witnessing the eruption moving. “It was amazing to stand there next to it. Absolutely wild.”

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