Icelandic man naked next to erupting volcano

(CNN) – Removing a few layers when things get hot can be the most natural thing in the world.

Few of us, however, would attempt it in front of a crowd of hundreds while we were in front of a volcano spewing lava.

But adventure tour guide Sveinn Snorri Sighvatsson went viral for doing just that during a visit to Geldingadalur, on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland.
His makeshift striptease took place while revelers gathered at the site of the erupting volcano to watch the remarkable display, which began last Friday.
Sighvatsson, who works for the tour company I Am Iceland, was asked to model Pit Viper curtains as a favor and decided to use equipment to ensure maximum exposure.

A volcano in Iceland erupted after tens of thousands of earthquakes disturbed the underground magma.

“My friends and I were playing about nude photos in the lava field,” he told CNN Travel. “One of my friends is a photographer and he was telling me about these sunglasses. So I said, ‘get your camera ready, I’m going to take my clothes off’.”

The photographer who captured the moment was Norris Niman, who said he knew Sighvatsson was “the perfect man for a photo in the newly formed lava field”.

“A festival is not a real festival unless someone gets naked,” adds Niman. “And this, of course, was no exception.”

Maximum exposure

Sveinn Snorri Sighvatsson says the heat was “grabbing his skin” while he was posing nude near Geldingadalur.

Courtesy Norris Niman

But conducting an impromptu photo session next to a rash site was not an easy task and should definitely not be recommended. In fact, visitors were instructed not to gather too close to the lava sources.

“It was like being too close to a big fire,” adds Niman. “So, we had about a minute to capture this collection as we spun around so as not to bake either side too much and with a large crowd watching.”

Although his experience as an adventure guide meant that he was able to assess danger and “get in and out” quickly, Sighvatsson emphasizes that anyone who “does not know what he is doing” should stay on higher ground and avoid getting close to the fields. of lava.

“People are not aware of the gases that are there,” he says. “It’s okay to be above that [the volcano] on the highest ground, you are completely safe. But diving into it can be very, very dangerous.

“A strong wind was blowing on Sunday, so the gases went in the opposite direction and we were fine getting close to the lava field. But if there is no wind, you don’t go down there.”

Although filming took less than a few minutes, hundreds of people were there to testify and the moment came to the Internet.

‘This rash is something else’

Huge crowds flock to Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano, which began spewing lava on March 19.

Huge crowds flock to Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano, which began spewing lava on March 19.

JEREMIE RICHARD / AFP / AFP via Getty Images

Sighvatsson and Niman seem to be enjoying the attention brought by their eruptive photo shoot, and although commentators have not focused much on sunglasses, their anonymous friend is also very pleased with how things turned out.

“In fact, he sent a message saying that this was the image he was hoping for,” said Sighvatsson, who has come back to see the volcano a few times in the past few days.

“I have seen all the eruptions here on the island since 1991, but that is something else.”

As the crowds continued to gather at Geldingadalur, which still spews lava, Icelandic authorities have created a hiking trail to control the large number of visitors and the area is regularly patrolled to ensure everyone is safe.

“With the warning, however, don’t get too close.”