Transcript for Iceland’s active volcano becomes a tourist hotspot
department I guess is what it says. Celebrating Earth day and one of the most spectacular places on the planet, an erupting volcano in Iceland and with the country opening its borders to vaccinated travelers, we sent our will reeve there to bring us up close and get a little personal, will. How is it going? Reporter: Michael, it's going so well, man. This is literally a new tourist hot spot. This volcano behind me has been erupting for a month and as you look at our drone view above you can see why, people have been flocking here by the thousands, it's just unbelievable, that 2,000-degree lava, people hiking in and doing all this amazing, amazing traveling into this beautiful place in Iceland. It's really worth a watch. This is why we're here. Iceland's latest lava laced volcano located near the mountains 20 miles from the capital of Reykjavik erupting for the first time in 800 years. Just over a month ago none of this was here but then that carter erupted and more fissures have opened. It will keep growing and filling this valley for months and years to come. Not easily accessible. You might wonder how do you get so close to a volcano? Well, a helicopter help answer the fact this is an effusive volcano meaning that the lava does not explode but rather seems into valleys. Nearly 45,000 have visited. Some hiking more than 90 minutes from the nearest road to take it all in. We know they're going around and trying to find water while they're working around. They may be encountering one of these small ponds with potentially polluted water and these might be dangerous for them. I see a lot of amazing stuff in the world but this is the best one. You can see that it is alive. Reporter: Its natural beauty beckoning professional photographers, instagramers and would-be chefs. There is even a volleyball game you got to stay hungry Reporter: And this music video by Icelandic blues rock band performing their song "Skinny" viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube. Burn you all out yeah, whoo Reporter: It is not easy 20 get here. You have to drive a bit then you hike in. But it is well worth it when you get here. You see that scraggly looking wall in the middle of that exploding lava. That just fell. This is unbelievable. That's why you come here. That is why people are flocking to Iceland by the thousands. You never know what you'll see. This landscape is constantly changing. It is unbelievable here, guy. Definitely looks worth the trip, will. With this volcano, will it give us a window into what it's like on Mars? Reporter: That is what they that apparently the tiny like microscopic biomes and organisms that live in Icelandic volcanic, you know, situations here is exactly what they think could exist on Mars, so there are a lot of similarities, not just in appearance here in this lava feel, Michael. Will, what's the atmosphere like? The air, the heat, what's it like? Reporter: It is -- smells a bit like rotten egg, that toxic gas we're protected from with these masks. It's smelly. It's hot too. If I turn around feel like I'm basking in the sun, that lava 2,000 degree also warm you up. I want to show you quickly as I bend down here, this lava is really light. I was going to break this in half for you on camera but I broke it while I was waiting to talk to you, guys so now I just have -- still pretty cool. Will, I love your enthusiasm. You can see how much you're enjoying witnessing this. Has there been something that's more memorable than others? What is the most memorable part of your experience? Reporter: I mean the whole thing has been truly one of the best experiences I've had professionally or personally but I will say getting to fly up in a helicopter yesterday and to be above that and to see a bird's-eye view with this lava spewing is something I won't soon forget. I know you guys won't soon forget how to pronounce where I am. What's that cool volcano in Iceland, you say fagradalsfjall, I think. No, you say that. What he said. Hey, will, it looks incredible. It looks incredible and your description makes us really wish we were there with you, my friend. Well done.
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