YouTuber Crashes Drone Directly Into Center Of Erupting Volcano And Captures Last Moments


Jack Dunhill

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clockJun 2 2021, 15:05 UTC
Mt Fagradalsfjall

Mt Fagradalsfjall in March 2021. Image Credit: DanielFreyr/

In an attempt to get incredible footage of the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, photographer Joey Helms flew a state-of-the-art drone right over the boiling rivers of lava and into the crater. Unfortunately for Joey, the drone got a little bit too close and soared for the last time as it crashed into the spewing volcanic material, cutting the footage. 

Watch as the drone plummets into the spewing lava. Video Credit: Joey Helms/YouTube


 A true volcanic photographer and avid drone flyer, Joey isn’t disheartened. “FPV drones are notorious for crashing, it is part of the hobby,” he states in the description of the video. 

“Was it worth it? You tell me! – People crash and lose FPV drones all the time, at least we got an epic final view.”

Joey’s spirits are high considering the DJI FPV system costs a cool $1,765 (£1,249). Capturing footage of one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet comes at a price. 

The Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted for the first time in 800 years on March 19 and has been putting on spectacular shows for residents ever since. It was not a violent eruption and is expected to slowly decrease in intensity until it comes to a halt. As a result, visitors have been very confident in approaching the volcano and getting far closer than most would — some scientists even cooked sausages on the flowing lava.  

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