The Iceland Review team left for the eruption early this morning with Páll Stefánsson, Iceland Review editor and photographer leading a group of four: journalist Zoë Robert and photographers Elisabetta Rosso from Italy and Louis Emile Robert from Australia.
Photo: Páll Stefánsson.
They landed in Akureyri shortly after 9 am and bought some food and, of course, a gas mask for Elisabetta. Gas masks are hard to come by so that took a while, but everyone lent a helping hand, including a guy who overheard that they were looking for a gas mask and told them he had one at his store. On their way to the eruption site they encountered a small herd of horses and goats.
Winter is arriving in Iceland and the team drove through snow to reach the site. At 5:13 pm they passed the hut at Drekagil, which the guards and scientists use as a camp.
Photo: Zoë Robert.
About 40 minutes later (24.8 kilometers) the team arrived at the site.
Elisabetta put together her drone and had it flying in less than half an hour.
Photo: Elisabetta Rosso.
The conditions at the volcano were nice but cold. The temperature was about -3°C with light wind and light snow: excellent for photographing.
The team will stay in the area tonight and will return to the eruption site early tomorrow morning.
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