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Photographer captures extraordinary images of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupting as airplane flies by
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows a plane flying over the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows a plane flying over the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Lava fountains from the volcanic eruption between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers during March 2010 in Fimmvorduhals, Iceland. Bursting out from the icy ground these spectacular images show a dormant volcano coming to life after 200 years. Located near the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland, has attracted scientists, tourists and photographers from all over the world since it started erupting on March 21 2010. Ripping a 1-km-long fissure in a field of ice, the eruption was about 120km (75 miles) east of the capital, Reykjavik. Dutch expert volcano photographer Patrick Koster spent the last four days capturing these amazing images. (Photo by Patrick Koster / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
FIMMVORDUHALS, ICELAND - MARCH 2010: One of two cabins on the glaciers near the eruption site named Baldvinnskali by the volcanic eruption between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers during March 2010 in Fimmvorduhals, Iceland. Bursting out from the icy ground these spectacular images show a dormant volcano coming to life after 200 years. Located near the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland, has attracted scientists, tourists and photographers from all over the world since it started erupting on March 21 2010. Ripping a 1-km-long fissure in a field of ice, the eruption was about 120km (75 miles) east of the capital, Reykjavik. Dutch expert volcano photographer Patrick Koster spent the last four days capturing these amazing images. (Photo by Patrick Koster / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
A new fissure on top of Fimmvorduhals between Eyjafjallajoekull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers seen from Fljotsdalur in 30km distance on March 24, 2010 in Fljotsdalur, Iceland. Martin got to withing 250 metres of the lava fountains to achieve these stunning pictures. Bursting out from the icy ground these spectacular images show a dormant volcano coming to life after 200 years. Located near the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland, has attracted scientists, tourists and photographers from all over the world since it started erupting on March 21 2010. Ripping a 1-km-long fissure in a field of ice, the eruption was about 120km (75 miles) east of the capital, Reykjavik. Volcano photographer Martin Rietze spent the last seven days capturing these amazing images. (Photo by Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
1965: Earth steaming in the early morning from the lava of the previous night's eruption on Surtsey, a volcanic island off the southern coast of Iceland, the year the island was born. Creation Book (Photo by Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows lava flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows fire and smoke rising from the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows lava flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows lava and smoke flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows lava flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows fire and smoke rising from the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. (BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
In this aerial view, fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The alert warning for the area surrounding Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano remained at orange on Tuesday, indicating that it is showing increased unrest with greater potential for an explosive eruption. (AP Photo/Stefano Di Nicolo)
In this aerial view, fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The alert warning for the area surrounding Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano remained at orange on Tuesday, indicating that it is showing increased unrest with greater potential for an explosive eruption. (AP Photo/Stefano Di Nicolo)
ICELAND SEPTEMBER 6: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) A satellite view showing the Bardarbunga volcano on September 6, 2014 in Iceland. This is a Shortwave Infrared (SWIR), which also shows the lava flow. The heat is visible as a bright red and fresh lava is bright yellow, vegetation green, rock brown, ice/snow in blue and water plane blue. The volcano erupted on August 31, 2014. (Photo by NASA Landsat data processed by Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
This image provided by NASA shows an image taken by a NASA MODIS satellite acquired at 1:15 a.m. EDT on May 22, 2011 shows the ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano casts shadow to the west. The Grimsvotn volcano began erupting on Saturday, May 21 sending clouds of ash high into the air. The amount of ash spewing from the volcano tapered off dramatically on Tuesday, however, said Elin Jonasdottir, a forecaster at Iceland's meteorological office. The blue dots are data dropouts probably caused by the very bad light in the shadow of the plume. (AP Photo/NASA)
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier, about 120 miles, (200 kilometers) east of the capital, Rejkjavik, which began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004. Iceland closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights Sunday as a powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles (20 kilometers) into the air. (AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson)
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier, about 120 miles, (200 kilometers) east of the capital, Rejkjavik, which began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004. Iceland closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights Sunday as a powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles (20 kilometers) into the air. (AP Photo, Jon Gustafsson)
A plume of ash rises from a volcano erupting under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, near Hvolsvollur, Iceland, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. A new wave of dense volcanic ash from Iceland snarled air traffic Wednesday in Ireland and Scotland, stranding tens of thousands of people and threatening to spill into the air space of England. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)
Lava erupts from the volcano under Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier in central Iceland, Monday, April 19, 2010. Europe began to emerge from a volcanic cloud Monday, allowing limited air traffic to resume and giving hope to millions of travelers stranded around the world when ash choked the jet age to a halt. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)
Smoke and steam hangs over the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, Wednesday April 14, 2010, which has erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters. Volcanic ash drifting across the Atlantic forced the cancellation of flights in Britain and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe, stranding thousands of passengers. Flights in and out of London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, were halted, and the shutdowns and cancellations spread to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. The volcano's smoke and ash poses a threat to aircraft because it can affect visibility, and microscopic debris can get sucked into airplane engines and can cause them to shut down.(AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson)
In this image made available by the Icelandic Coastguard taken Wednesday April 14, 2010, smoke and steam rises from the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, which erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters. Authorities evacuated 800 residents from around the glacier as rivers rose by up to 10 feet (3 meters). Emergency officials and scientists said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than one last month, and carried a much greater risk of widespread flooding.(AP Photo/Icelandic Coastguard)
In this aerial photo, showing molten lava as it vents from a rupture near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, as a volcano erupts early Sunday March 21, 2010. Some hundreds of people have been evacuated from a small nearby village in southern Iceland on Sunday after a volcanic eruption which shot ash and molten lava into the air, the first major eruption here in nearly 200-years. (AP Photo/Ragnar Axelsson)
A cloud of ash erupts from Grimsvotn, a lake in the middle of Vatnajokull, the biggest glacier in Iceland, Thursday Nov. 4 2004. The Icelandic Meteorological Office reported a steady stream of ash and lava, with explosions Wednesday sending ash as much as 40,000 feet (12,000 meters) into the air. The volcano first erupted late Monday, sending a column of ash drifting toward continental Europe, landing in Norway, Sweden and Finland on Wednesday, disrupting airline flights but posing little danger, meteorological and airport officials said. (AP Photo/ Pll Stefansson)
GRIMSVOTN, ICELAND - MAY 23: The eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano sends thousands of tonnes of volcanic ash into the sky on May 23, 2011 above Iceland. The cloud has forced the closure of Icelandic airspace and spread fears of a repeat of the global travel chaos that was caused by last year's Icelandic eruption, although authorities inisist that this Grimsvotn poses a lesser threat. (Photo by NordicPhotos/Getty Images)
GRIMSVOTN, ICELAND - MAY 23: The eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano sends thousands of tonnes of volcanic ash into the sky on May 23, 2011 above Iceland. The cloud has forced the closure of Icelandic airspace and spread fears of a repeat of the global travel chaos that was caused by last year's Icelandic eruption, although authorities inisist that this Grimsvotn poses a lesser threat. (Photo by NordicPhotos/Getty Images)
GRIMSVOTN, ICELAND - MAY 23: The eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano sends thousands of tonnes of volcanic ash into the sky on May 23, 2011 above Iceland. The cloud has forced the closure of Icelandic airspace and spread fears of a repeat of the global travel chaos that was caused by last year's Icelandic eruption, although authorities inisist that this Grimsvotn poses a lesser threat. (Photo by Jon Magnusson/Getty Images)
GRIMSVOTN, ICELAND - MAY 22: The ash plume seen at sunrise 60km away from the eruption on May 22, 2011 in the central highlands of Iceland. These dramatic aerial pictures show ash spewing 12 miles into the air from the largest volcanic eruption in Iceland in 100 years. As soon as he heard the volcanic explosion photographer, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson flew into the dark ash cloud. The Grimsvotn eruption started on Saturday and the brown ash cloud is expected to reach the UK this week. This latest eruption is ten times more powerful than the Eyjafjallajskull eruption but because the ash is not as fine it is hoped UKL air traffic will not be affected. (Photo by Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson / Barcro / Getty Images)
ICELAND - APRIL 17: Horses grazing with the Eyjafjallaj¿kull eruption in the background on April 17, 2010 in Iceland. Spectacular images show the results of Lava Lady Kerstin Langenberger's brave solo journey on foot into the Icelandic wilderness - to capture on camera the stunning eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. Included in her spectacular collection are the awesome Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights - over the red-hot lava flows, a perfect reflection of the smoking cone mirrored in one of the areas many lakes, and geothermal lightning sparking inside the ash cloud billowing from the crater. All of her images were taken on foot after 28-year-old dog handler Kerstin hiked to the best viewpoints alone. Stripping off to wade through freezing river sand trekking miles over mountains and hopping crevices through the country's near-Arctic conditions alone, the amateur photographer captured some of the most stunning images ever seen of the event that brought European airspace to a standstill through flight disruptive ash. (Photo by Kerstin Langenberger / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
ICELAND - MAY 10: Eyjafjallajokull continues to erupt, producing a cloud of vapour on May 10, 2010 in Iceland. Spectacular images show the results of Lava Lady Kerstin Langenberger's brave solo journey on foot into the Icelandic wilderness - to capture on camera the stunning eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. Included in her spectacular collection are the awesome Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights - over the red-hot lava flows, a perfect reflection of the smoking cone mirrored in one of the areas many lakes, and geothermal lightning sparking inside the ash cloud billowing from the crater. All of her images were taken on foot after 28-year-old dog handler Kerstin hiked to the best viewpoints alone. Stripping off to wade through freezing river sand trekking miles over mountains and hopping crevices through the country's near-Arctic conditions alone, the amateur photographer captured some of the most stunning images ever seen of the event that brought European airspace to a standstill through flight disruptive ash. (Photo by Kerstin Langenberger / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
ICELAND - MAY 10: Eyjafjallajokull continues to erupt, producing a cloud of vapour on May 10, 2010 in Iceland. Spectacular images show the results of Lava Lady Kerstin Langenberger's brave solo journey on foot into the Icelandic wilderness - to capture on camera the stunning eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. Included in her spectacular collection are the awesome Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights - over the red-hot lava flows, a perfect reflection of the smoking cone mirrored in one of the areas many lakes, and geothermal lightning sparking inside the ash cloud billowing from the crater. All of her images were taken on foot after 28-year-old dog handler Kerstin hiked to the best viewpoints alone. Stripping off to wade through freezing river sand trekking miles over mountains and hopping crevices through the country's near-Arctic conditions alone, the amateur photographer captured some of the most stunning images ever seen of the event that brought European airspace to a standstill through flight disruptive ash. (Photo by Kerstin Langenberger / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - MAY 15: Ash plumes from Eyjafjallajokull's crater during it's eruption, spewing tephra and ashes that drift toward continental Europe on May 15, 2010 near Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - MAY 10: Towering ash plume from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull crater during it's eruption, spewing tephra and cloud of ashes that drift toward continental Europe on May 10, 2010 near Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
EYJAFJALLAJOEKULL, ICELAND - APRIL 24: Amazing pictures of Northern Lights over the the Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano eruption on April 24, 2010 in Iceland. Eruptions under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area seem a long way away but the smokey fallout caused by the eruption interacting with ice and water hundreds of miles away has caused disruption to many flights and left hundreds holidaymakers stranded abroad. (Photo by Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Smoke and ash billow from Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it is seen from Hvolsvollur, Iceland, on April 23, 2010. Ash from a volcano in Iceland which caused Europe to lock down its skies forced the country's main airport to shut Friday, as tourism chiefs said the crisis had cost the industry 1.7 billion euros. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A pony grazes as smoke and ash below from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano near Porolfsell, on April 21, 2010. A vulcanologist advising the United Nations said today that European authorities had no choice but to close much of their airspace last week after a volcanic ash cloud swept in from Iceland. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Ash and smoke bellow from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as the volcano is seen from Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, on April 20, 2010. The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to change directions and head towards the Arctic when the weather changes towards the end of the week, the World Meteorological Organization said. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke and ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano make their way across a field on April 19, 2010 near Nupur. Lava is shooting for the first time from Iceland's erupting volcano and the ash cloud has dramatically reduced. European governments opened up the continent's airspace to new flights from April 20 giving hope to hundreds of thousands of passengers around the world trapped by a cloud of volcanic ash crippling airlines. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
EYJAFJALLAJOEKULL, ICELAND - APRIL 16: Amazing pictures from April 16, 2010 of the Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano eruption in Iceland. Eruptions under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area seem a long way away but the smokey fallout caused by the eruption interacting with ice and water hundreds of miles away has caused disruption to many flights and left hundreds holidaymakers stranded abroad. (Photo by Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, ICELAND - APRIL 18: Lightning is seen within a cloud of volcanic matter as it rises from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano April 18, 2010 Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland. A major eruption occurred on April 14, 2010 which has resulted in a plume of volcanic ash being thrown into the atmosphere over parts of Northern Europe. Air traffic has been subject to cancellation or delays, as airspace across parts of Northern Europe has been closed. (Photo by David Jon/NordicPhotos/Getty Images)
EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, ICELAND - APRIL 17: A cloud of volcanic matter rises from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano April 17, 2010 in Eyjafjallajokull , Iceland. A major eruption occured on April 14, 2010 which has resulted in a plume of volcanic ash being thrown into the atmosphere over parts of Northen Europe. Air traffic has been subject to cancellation or delays as airspace across parts of Northern Europe has been closed. (Photo by Hallgrímur Arnarson/NordicPhotos/Getty Images)
EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, ICELAND - APRIL 17, 2010: The continued eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano has brought closed European airspace for a third day and looking at these incredible pictures it may continue to do so for some time. Full time comet scientist and part time volcano photographer Marco Fulle flew at sunset over the volcano to shoot these incredible images. (Photo by Marco Fulle / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Smoke billows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull on April 16, 2010. Iceland's second volcano eruption in less than a month has sent plumes of ash and smoke billowing more than 20,000 feet (6,000 metres) into the sky. The massive ash cloud is gradually sweeping across Europe and forcing the continent's biggest air travel shutdown since World War II. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke billows from an erupting volcano by the Eyjafjallajokull glacier on April 14, 2010 near Reykjavík. Iceland's second volcano eruption in less than a month melted part of a glacier and caused heavy flooding yesterday, forcing up to 800 people to evacuate and grounding flights. (ARNI SAEBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on March 27, 2010 shows lava spurting out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Fimmvorduhals volcano near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier some 125 Kms east of Reykjakic. With lava still gushing, a small Icelandic volcano that initially sent hundreds fleeing from their homes is turning into a boon for the island nation's tourism industry, as visitors flock to catch a glimpse of the eruption. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on March 27, 2010 shows lava spurting out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Fimmvorduhals volcano near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier some 125 Kms east of Reykjakic. With lava still gushing, a small Icelandic volcano that initially sent hundreds fleeing from their homes is turning into a boon for the island nation's tourism industry, as visitors flock to catch a glimpse of the eruption. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)
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By ANDREW TAVANI

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has been erupting since mid-August and providing photographers with rare opportunities to capture incredible imagery of the natural phenomenon. On Sunday, AFP/Getty photographer Bernard Meric snagged a pair of breathtaking aerial shots showing an airplane flying over Bardarbunga as it spewed lava and smoke.

Click through the slide show above and check out the spectacular photographs.

Earlier this month, Iceland-based photographer Gísli Dúa Hjörleifsson discussed some extraordinary images he shot of the volcano erupting under the Northern Lights. And the Telegraph managed to acquire some amazing footage of eruptions occurring beneath the Northern Lights.

The eruptions have been causing earthquakes around Bardarbunga and, according to The Age, seismologists think the volcanic activity exhibited by Bardarbunga may augur an even bigger eruption in the not-too-distant future. They say a massive eruption could rival the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, which notably disrupted air traffic across Europe.

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