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Holuhraun eruption - Picture Gallery

08.09.2014 - 09:05
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"You feel the heat and you can taste the sulphur," says Einar Rafnsson, an experienced cameraman and pilot, who took those magnificent photographs last Saturday, while flying over the Holuhraun eruption with a collague from RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Mr. Rafnsson has in recent years flown numerous times over eruptions in Iceland. "I´ve seen the the Fimmvorduhals eruption and the Eyjafjallajokull eruption from the air, as well as the Grimsvotn eruption in 2011. It´s always a majestic experience to witness these forces of nature," he says. "At the Holuhraun fissure, we were 2-300 metres over the lava fountains and the lava field. With the windows of the airplane open, we could clearly feel the heat from the fissure and we could literally taste the sulphur which the magma releases at it explodes," says Rafnsson.

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