Drone fitted with GoPro captures blistering footage of a volcano erupting

For more than a month, Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has been steadily spewing lava into the air, covering the region in a blanket of ash.

And while most people are being advised to stay away, a film director and photographer have not only travelled as close to the heart of the eruption as they could, they’ve managed to capture its volcanic activity in stunning high-definition.

Using a drone, fitted with a GoPro action camera, the pair were able to record footage in the centre of the area’s Holuhraun lava field, and provide an incredible view of its violent and blistering core. 


  • The footage was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter drone fitted with a GoPro Hero3 action camera
  • It was captured by Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for DJI, and photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
  • The eruption began in August and the footage was recorded in the Bardarbunga region of Iceland on 20 September
  • Mr Cheng and Mr Sigurdsson got as close to the eruption as they could by walking in boots and gas masks
  • The GoPro camera didn’t survive the trip – but its memory card did and the footage was recorded wirelessly 



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