A daring pilot flies his plane over a volcano as red-hot lava bursts into the sky. The scorching lava, which is 850 degrees Celsius hot, erupts in the air up to heights of almost 200 feet.

On board the little blue and white plane are sightseers, who get an up close view of the spectacular volcano, as they were just 300 metres away. These stunning pictures were taken by photographer Baldur Sveinsson, who was in another plane flying around the volcano.