A series of earthquakes caused the Fagradalsfjall volcano, located near Reykjavik, Iceland, to erupt for the first time in over 800 years. FPV pilot and local resident Bjorn Steinbekk took the opportunity to push his DJI FPV drone to the limits.
Miraculously, the drone not only survived the extreme conditions (lava can reach temperatures up to 1,250° Celsius), he also managed to maneuver his unmanned aerial vehicle so that it dodged spurts of hot molten spewing from the crater. Steinbekk confirmed via his Instagram account that his drone did, in fact, survive the flight.
A shout out to the scientists who set up the live webcam and then stopped for a #volcano selfie.#iceland #icelandvolcano #Fagradalsfjall https://t.co/MRuAPlAfon pic.twitter.com/sciM6DSGuS
— Christopher Becke (@BeckePhysics) March 20, 2021
The volcano is relatively small in size and magnitude. As you can see from the tweet above, scientists and bystanders set up camera gear in close proximity to the volcano.
To get even more of an idea, the video video shows you a before and after view of the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupting. Nevertheless, what Steinbekk accomplished by taking a huge risk is quite extraordinary.