I tried to film a volcano and it was a complete disaster

Iceland has a new volcano, Fagradalsfjall: I wanted to visit, to talk about the infrastructure around it, and work out how the country deals with a new and dangerous tourist attraction. It didn't go well.

Thanks to Bjorn Steinbekk, who I thoroughly recommend if you need a fixer or drone pilot in Iceland! www.steinbekk.com/ He's also the person who flew a drone into the lava: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmGKL...

The quote is from Sam Hughes' Ra, which is free online. I thoroughly recommend it: qntm.org/ra

Filmed safely: www.tomscott.com/safe/

I'm at tomscott.com
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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    2 mánuðum síðan

    In case you're wondering, "Icelandic-Mexican fusion cuisine" was a lamb-potato-and-cheese burrito with a skyr-based sauce and it tasted amazing.

    • nalrom rolyat

      nalrom rolyat

      3 dögum síðan

      Oooohhhhhhh that sounds g o o d

    • RWBHere


      25 dögum síðan

      Yep. Nature is THE BOSS!

    • Gad Nac10

      Gad Nac10

      Mánuði síðan

      I see tom scott is a bit of a foodie! That does sound quite amazing

    • BeeBarb28


      Mánuði síðan

      Thanks for letting us know

    • Pizza Lover

      Pizza Lover

      Mánuði síðan

      Fisherman got a sayin, gain an inch, lose a foot

  2. Christopher Hein

    Christopher Hein

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    I love this video because it shows real live. Great improvisation!!

  3. Not 2 busy

    Not 2 busy

    Degi Síðan síðan

    If you hurry, you can still go to La Palma in the Canary Islands and stop that volcano too !!!

  4. leon witteman

    leon witteman

    2 dögum síðan


  5. MrWayne1Fan


    2 dögum síðan

    hxejtli hini. u hin haddihor. grazzi. barri.

  6. brewer312


    4 dögum síðan

    Disappointed tourists? Why would they be disappointed, it would still very very interesting and cool to see.

  7. Winter’s Ghost

    Winter’s Ghost

    4 dögum síðan

    If you leaned something then you’ve become wiser and if you told others then you’ve given a sacred gift of education. So it wasn’t a failure. Every project can’t work out perfectly. I’ve built a lot of experimental projects. I only succeed about half the time. But when I fail, I always learn much so I become wiser. What’s important is doing projects to help others. Then it’s fun even if it fails and it’s good karma.

  8. Agent Coxack

    Agent Coxack

    4 dögum síðan

    Earth: “Behold. Danger, in all its forms. This can destroy you in an instant.” Humans: “purty”

  9. JJ


    5 dögum síðan

    Tom's such a n00b - I went to the volcano twice and it was all good. :/

  10. Edo MA Guaiota

    Edo MA Guaiota

    6 dögum síðan

    @Tom Scott dont be late for La Palma, is very nice here right now.

  11. Joshua Tay

    Joshua Tay

    7 dögum síðan

    "don't walk on the damn lava"

  12. Deputy Nordburg

    Deputy Nordburg

    8 dögum síðan

    T shirt slogan idea: I guess ice Icelandic Mexican fusion cuisine was a bad idea!

  13. Piyush Jha

    Piyush Jha

    8 dögum síðan

    I have huge respect for you Tom

  14. SnowChains


    11 dögum síðan

    Imodium, always take a family pack of Imodium.

  15. Nic Vulcano

    Nic Vulcano

    11 dögum síðan

    You should’ve watched ClickHole’s Learn Attack video on volcanoes, you’d learn that they correlate perfectly with the Chinese stock market and could’ve gone by those trends

  16. Angela Lovell

    Angela Lovell

    11 dögum síðan

    "It is very late and we are so tired but it's time to climb the volcano a second time." Famous last words.

  17. AH Tea

    AH Tea

    12 dögum síðan

    This is fascinating - it ain't all about lava. 100% this is my favourite video of yours. (SO sorry about the food poisoning - that is awful for your video and for you) I read all the management bits. Don't care if there was lava flowing - the cooled lava (basalt?) was the best thing I've seen. And the Sam Hughes quote! Sometimes you just have to look at what you have instead of what you wanted. Not a failure. Thank you.

  18. Harris Keeley  👉 Maskoffweb,com 👈

    Harris Keeley 👉 Maskoffweb,com 👈

    12 dögum síðan

    M a s k o f f w e b made me happy

  19. Harris Keeley  👉 Maskoffweb,com 👈

    Harris Keeley 👉 Maskoffweb,com 👈

    12 dögum síðan

    M a s k o f f w e b. made me happy

  20. Holy Khan

    Holy Khan

    12 dögum síðan

    This is the greatest failure turned success I've seen since Stuart Ashen went looking for Jar Jar Bink's tongue candy.

  21. Life = 42

    Life = 42

    12 dögum síðan

    Great video! I love how you create them!

  22. Kiel Meakin

    Kiel Meakin

    19 dögum síðan

    Don’t you documentary types ever feel a little strange about traveling al over for non essential means (entertainment) while usually complaining about climate change? Always strikes me as odd how you can do so with a clean conscience

  23. Tess


    19 dögum síðan

    Tbh, I kinda like the off-the-cuff style of this vid

  24. nuke583


    19 dögum síðan

    I love that instead of filing this away you showed your process. It takes an amount of humility and respect to put a "failure" up anyway.

  25. Troutmaan


    19 dögum síðan

    I went there a month ago

  26. sylentny


    21 degi síðan síðan

    Yup yup. This was us.

  27. R. B. M

    R. B. M

    22 dögum síðan

    Love Tom’s videos! I could watch Tom read the phone book and it’d be entertaining

  28. Bob


    24 dögum síðan

    too much volcano

  29. Sarah Miller

    Sarah Miller

    24 dögum síðan

    It takes a lot of bravery to admit to yourself and the audience that a shoot didn't go the way you wanted it to, and to take a different angle for the video. I admire you for that.

  30. B Rumm

    B Rumm

    24 dögum síðan

    6:47 I'm actually surprised there is Polish text on that sign.. and there is a typo in it. (eupcji -> erupcji)

  31. m w

    m w

    24 dögum síðan

    Island life in a nutshell honestly

  32. noxious89123


    25 dögum síðan

    Haha, atleast your microphone WAS plugged in, eh? ;)

  33. Герасим Кацман

    Герасим Кацман

    25 dögum síðan

    Mad respect to bjorn

  34. Peter Andreas Kristoffersen

    Peter Andreas Kristoffersen

    26 dögum síðan

    You're amazing. You make a failed video super-interesting!

  35. Serenity


    26 dögum síðan

    whoever owns that volcano must have a nice life

  36. Joshua Adam Stith AKA YouTube Librarian

    Joshua Adam Stith AKA YouTube Librarian

    26 dögum síðan


  37. Tim Karlsson

    Tim Karlsson

    26 dögum síðan

    sir. you are not dressed for volcano-surfing

  38. Emanuel Landeholm

    Emanuel Landeholm

    26 dögum síðan

    Shoutout to everyone else who's been watching those exact IMO graphs since the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

  39. FJRBoersma


    26 dögum síðan

    I love how you show your proces with these kinds of video's, i mean, cool subject and would have been awesome, but still you made it into a cool video and good content! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Soganox


    26 dögum síðan

    This was interesting in its own right! Thank you for sharing the experience :)

  41. Cormac McCreary

    Cormac McCreary

    27 dögum síðan

    One could say it was a "natural" disaster

  42. KAY B 14

    KAY B 14

    27 dögum síðan

    1:27 Sam Porter Bridges

  43. Alex Rawlings

    Alex Rawlings

    28 dögum síðan

    Bruh Tom doesn’t even know how to go down skree. Also he’s hiking, not climbing. To be fair, I only know these terms because I live an hour from the Rockies and am surrounded by outdoorsy folk

  44. Samuel Sägesser

    Samuel Sägesser

    29 dögum síðan

    Points for effort!

  45. senna krijtenburg

    senna krijtenburg

    Mánuði síðan

    i have been watching every video and this is my fave.. but brooooo.. a volcano

  46. Juan Garay

    Juan Garay

    Mánuði síðan

    I'm here at nothing

  47. are you traumatized?

    are you traumatized?

    Mánuði síðan

    Fagradalsfjall sounds like a spam message in xbox live

  48. Keeleon Ohms

    Keeleon Ohms

    Mánuði síðan

    Even Tom's "failures" are better than 99% of the content on youtube.

  49. tichu7


    Mánuði síðan

    This is why I love the content creation on ISboths. The story about why this was a failure was just as enthralling as the original story.

  50. xrrxy vvoi

    xrrxy vvoi

    Mánuði síðan

    "Iceland has a new volcano!" is an unexpectedly very scary sentence.

  51. unidentified ideas

    unidentified ideas

    Mánuði síðan

    title should've been natural disaster, just for the wordplay i tried to film a volcano and it was a natural disaster, but also a regular disaster.

  52. Carrie-Anne Thomas

    Carrie-Anne Thomas

    Mánuði síðan

    I think that story was much more interesting than the original planned video. One of those things that are fun to hear about even though they were terrible to experience.

  53. Ilkanar


    Mánuði síðan

    "I didnt got footage so i'm angry as fuq" CGP Grey: Am i a joke to you? But vid seems like you vented a bit of that 2021 year anger haha

  54. The Ludonarrian

    The Ludonarrian

    Mánuði síðan

    Even in "failure" your videos are still funny, entertaining, and informative. And the fact that you publish them when they go wrong is admirable.

  55. Liz C. Fry

    Liz C. Fry

    Mánuði síðan

    OK, so you're not Steven Speilberg - but it was fun watching your video - Monty Python, eh?

    • bofooit gojo

      bofooit gojo

      Mánuði síðan

      i think this is the only person who actually earns the revenue

  56. bodoti qwiu

    bodoti qwiu

    Mánuði síðan

    "Iceland has a new volcano, and it's close to the airport, easy to get to-" EXCUSE ME ARE WE TALKING ABOUT AN AMUSEMENT PARK

  57. Attack Helicopter

    Attack Helicopter

    Mánuði síðan

    Those shots of lava look cool even if it was cloudy and just fell in a hole

  58. Avenire


    Mánuði síðan

    I just visited iceland for a 2 week long trip and I hiked up the same volcano on my second day there and recognized the view instantly. Cool to see a video about it

  59. Kabegami The Great

    Kabegami The Great

    Mánuði síðan

    That is not reykjavik's airport

  60. Haraldur Karlsson

    Haraldur Karlsson

    Mánuði síðan

    Nature is predictably unpredictable...

  61. Hulax


    Mánuði síðan

    Volcanos are so cool and scary at the same time

  62. Jan Brož

    Jan Brož

    Mánuði síðan

    Thanks for sharing this, i thougt I was the only one who gets underwhelming conditions when I go somewhere

    • bodoti qwiu

      bodoti qwiu

      Mánuði síðan

      once in a while ground yourself. And be it by reporting about mishaps or inaptitudes. Thanks, heads up (and feet down)!

  63. Shawn W

    Shawn W

    Mánuði síðan

    Greetings from Alberta, Canada, North America, Earth, Sol System. Thank you, Thomas. We appreciate you, Thomas.

  64. The Quintessential Gamer

    The Quintessential Gamer

    Mánuði síðan

    Tom I only have one question and that is: When are you growing back the pony tail?? I DEMAND PONYTAIL!!!

  65. RGX


    Mánuði síðan

    Tom scott: The tourists are walking on top of the stoned lava. Don't do that! Also tom scott: Sits right on top of it for minutes

  66. Cassie


    Mánuði síðan

    "Don't walk on the damn lava" is a very good point to take away from this.

  67. stephen ivey

    stephen ivey

    Mánuði síðan

    Well there was an eruption you saw and that was from your own body it seems

  68. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhh

    Mánuði síðan

    "Don't walk on the damn lava" is a very good point to take away from this.

    • Cassie


      Mánuði síðan

      Can't see a disaster here ... Those drone shots are amazing! Show the drone footage! Where are the interesting interviews!?

  69. ShikamaruXT


    Mánuði síðan

    This is to be expected. Also, you are "only" a human - there are things outside your control. You did your best, i don't blame you. Keep your honest videomaking, get some rest and good luck on your next project!

  70. Yan Sulin

    Yan Sulin

    Mánuði síðan

    i think this is the only person who actually earns the revenue

    • fouoii gyhh

      fouoii gyhh

      Mánuði síðan

      It's OK sometimes videos are just disaster.

  71. dk Pluto

    dk Pluto

    Mánuði síðan

    I went there and i live in Iceland

  72. Jeff Carrol

    Jeff Carrol

    Mánuði síðan

    This is why nature documentaries can take years to produce. Patience is mandatory. That said, I think you pulled it off!

  73. Gamey Vibes

    Gamey Vibes

    Mánuði síðan

    Lets be honest, Iceland is that one country yoy forget exists when you think about europe

  74. Ryan Silver

    Ryan Silver

    Mánuði síðan

    Thank you for putting in the effort Tom!

  75. Ben Duncan

    Ben Duncan

    Mánuði síðan

    "Good effort" seems insufficient, but you know. I certainly appreciate the attempt!

  76. David


    Mánuði síðan

    Are u ok Tom?

  77. t0nda


    Mánuði síðan

    Tom, you seem to have grown a wee bit whiny this time. I, for my part, prefer such videos where there is no (emerging) egomaniac attitude to videos entertaining an »I need to have a shot of the lava and MYSELF« or »Oh, that Stephen Fry -- so I need to lift Tower Bridge as well« attitude. There has been quite a lot of vanity on ISboths so far, and I am afraid you (who has made some rather high-quality informative videos indeed) will finally fall victim to the ever the same ISbothsr's illness. So please do not shy back, but every once in a while ground yourself. And be it by reporting about mishaps or inaptitudes. Thanks, heads up (and feet down)!

  78. macronencer


    Mánuði síðan

    There's no fighting Mother Nature. As a (recovering) time lapse photographer, I feel your pain!

  79. kate


    Mánuði síðan

    psst. tom. i got an active volcano not too far from where i am. aloha from hawai'i!

  80. mllop aeet

    mllop aeet

    Mánuði síðan

    I'm just happy that you're committed to such integrity and almost "anti hype" with your stories. Transparency = credibility.

  81. DJ matexx

    DJ matexx

    Mánuði síðan

    6:47 made me wonder: why is Polish one of the main languages on that sign? Is there a large minority of Polish speakers over there?

  82. Sayan Goswami

    Sayan Goswami

    Mánuði síðan

    The videos that did not work are more insightful than the ones that did, so glad that Tom, you posted this. Thanks!

  83. Necate


    Mánuði síðan

    Can't see a disaster here ... Those drone shots are amazing! Show the drone footage! Where are the interesting interviews!?

  84. AboveEmAllProduction


    Mánuði síðan

    It's OK sometimes videos are just disaster.

  85. damn Daniel

    damn Daniel

    Mánuði síðan

    the words volcano and disaster should not be together

  86. starstrukk723


    Mánuði síðan

    Icelandic-Mexican cuisine? That exists? As a Mexican myself I want to try this.

  87. RanOutOfSpac


    Mánuði síðan

    Getting food poisoning on top of it all is just cruel.

  88. Tony B

    Tony B

    Mánuði síðan

    Very good....

  89. Raid


    Mánuði síðan

    "Icelandic Mexican fusion cuisine"

  90. MrObzai


    Mánuði síðan

    Even when things don't go your way, Tom, you still manage to make stuff that is fun to watch mate. Thanks for your efforts

    • bodoti qwiu

      bodoti qwiu

      Mánuði síðan

      How old are you, you look old an young at the same time

  91. Kristján Oddsson

    Kristján Oddsson

    Mánuði síðan

    That’s Keflavík Airport not Reykjavík Airport.

  92. Madhava Kinnicutt

    Madhava Kinnicutt

    Mánuði síðan

    i guess in this case there was not "too much volcanoe"

  93. John Carlo G. Villamor

    John Carlo G. Villamor

    Mánuði síðan

    5:43 I Almost fell out of my bed

    • bodoti qwiu

      bodoti qwiu

      Mánuði síðan

      This would have made an excellent park bench video, RIP

  94. Chloe Korzh

    Chloe Korzh

    Mánuði síðan


  95. Phil Mace

    Phil Mace

    Mánuði síðan

    You don't hear David Attenborough moaning like this.

  96. atlys


    Mánuði síðan

    It may not have turned out how you wanted, but it was still incredible content. Thank you, Tom.

  97. Anthony Wolf

    Anthony Wolf

    Mánuði síðan

    I love how real these videos are. No BS. No glamor.

  98. For The Love of Gaming - FTLOG

    For The Love of Gaming - FTLOG

    Mánuði síðan

    Ah you poor bugger. Good recovery on the video creation though 😁

  99. Moondog


    Mánuði síðan

    "Talking to Hughie on the big white telephone" classic... Nice efforts, thumbs up.

  100. Dave Cooke

    Dave Cooke

    Mánuði síðan

    Ummm, when is a volcano NOT a disaster?