Location: The Bárðarbunga volcanic system eruption (August 2014 -January 2015) to the north of Vatnajökull Ice Cap.
The Bárðarbunga volcanic system is the largest of its kind in Iceland. This volcanic fissure (a long opening in the Earth’s crust) has been its main source of recent volcanic activity. By January 2015, the eruption had produced a lava flow bigger than Manhattan Island, New York. This image is one of 41 photographs taken by Feodor Pitcairn on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s new exhibition, “Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed.”