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Holuhraun fissure eruption (Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland) - lava fountains 13 Sep 2014

The following photos were taken on 13 Sep, a day after the first set of pictures. Very different wind conditions (no wind!) allowed some spectacular approaches by helicopter.
Approaching the Holuhraun fissure from the Dyngjujokull glacier. A rare day on Iceland with no wind lets the steam plume rise vertically. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Approaching the Holuhraun fissure from the Dyngjujokull glacier. A rare day on Iceland with no wind ... [info]
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A small airplane surveys the eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small airplane surveys the eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of the main lava fountain across the still hot lava field to the west. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the main lava fountain across the still hot lava field to the west. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Close-up of the lava fountain, a sustained jet of liquid hot lava ejected from the main vent to heights of 100-200 meters. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Close-up of the lava fountain, a sustained jet of liquid hot lava ejected from the main vent to heig... [info]
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Baugur, a new cinder cone being born around the main vent on the eruption fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Baugur, a new cinder cone being born around the main vent on the eruption fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
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The shadow of the eruption plume forms a dark stripe over the endless plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The shadow of the eruption plume forms a dark stripe over the endless plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A river of lava snakes from the main vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A river of lava snakes from the main vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The main vent is actually a cluster of several vents very close by. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The main vent is actually a cluster of several vents very close by. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The lava fountains from the main vent seen from the SW. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava fountains from the main vent seen from the SW. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The perfect wind conditions allowed the helicopter to fly very low, giving us a view onto the lava fountains from the same height as the vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The perfect wind conditions allowed the helicopter to fly very low, giving us a view onto the lava f... [info]
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Sometimes the lava fountain consists of several jets in multiple directions at once. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sometimes the lava fountain consists of several jets in multiple directions at once. (Photo: Tom Pfe... [info]
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View from the NW. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from the NW. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Kverkfjöll volcano and part of the Vatnajökull glacier in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Kverkfjöll volcano and part of the Vatnajökull glacier in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Row of lava fountains from the central fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Row of lava fountains from the central fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava fountains and lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountains and lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The lava fountain from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava fountain from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The central section of the eruption fissure with several fountains in a row. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The central section of the eruption fissure with several fountains in a row. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The main vent feeding a true river of lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The main vent feeding a true river of lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The same seen from higher above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The same seen from higher above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Exploding red hot lava - even from several hundred meters distance, the heat radiation was intense to feel through the helicopter's open window. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Exploding red hot lava - even from several hundred meters distance, the heat radiation was intense t... [info]
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As it gets darker at dusk, the lava fountains become brighter and brighter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As it gets darker at dusk, the lava fountains become brighter and brighter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Last view onto the lava fountain from the western side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last view onto the lava fountain from the western side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava fountain and lava flow behind on the eastern side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountain and lava flow behind on the eastern side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Intense heat blurs the air above the lava fountains. Vatnajökull glacier in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Intense heat blurs the air above the lava fountains. Vatnajökull glacier in the background. (Photo: ... [info]
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