It has been 104 years since Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano last erupted. However, on August 29 that long streak was broken when the Holuhraun field began releasing so much lava that by the beginning of September there was hundreds of cubic meters of it. Viewers all over the world were able to experience this natural and excitingly dangerous beauty through photos taken by Icelandic photographer and Guide to Iceland Co-Founder Iurie Belegurschi.

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The photos show intense orange and red. fiery lava reaching heights around 500 feet in the air, incredibly dark rocks surrounding the lava and an extreme amount of thick, white smoke surrounding the area. Belegurschi was so close to this action that he could feel the heat from the volcano on his skin as he dangled his feet over a ledge in order to capture these astounding photos of mother nature taking it’s course.

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 The risks Belegurschi took being on the”front line” even with danger  near were well worth it because we are able to be reminded just how powerful and wondrous this Earth we live on can be, something people may often forget as they live their daily lives.

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Images via Guide to Iceland

Iurie Belegurschi is a landscape photographer located in Iceland, where he has been a resident since 2006.  With a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Belegurschi also manages re-occurring photo tours and workshops in Iceland. His incredible images have been published worldwide on the internet and in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and also some of the most well known newspapers such as The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Independent.

To see much more of Iurie Belegurschi’s photographic works and remain up-to-date with tours and his up-coming adventures visit his website.

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