Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand at the edge of a lava lake?

Perhaps this is not the wish of the average person, but for filmmaker and explorer Sam Cossman, this is exactly what he set out to do.

Sam Cossman Suspended Over a Lava Lake

Source: Sam Crossman

In 2014, Cossman set out on an expedition to document Marum, an active volcano, on the island of Ambrym in the archipelago nation of Vanuatu.

On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we take you along for the ride, experiencing the beauty and power of life at the edge of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

We begin with a brief overview of what compelled Cossman to take on this adventure, and some of the remarkable images that came out of this incredible endeavor. If you haven’t seen any of Barcroft TV‘s content yet, you need to go take a look! It’s some interesting and some inspirational stuff.

A drone’s eye view…

Beyond the excitement of volcanic exploration, this project is also fascinating in its use of drone technology.

The use of drones allowed the team to document the volcano like never before, gathering important information that allows scientists to study this volcano from thousands of miles away!

Here is (the always incredible) National Geographic with a look at the important scientific place this project has had.

We’ve paired this video with thought-provoking discussion questions perfect for the classroom in this touchstone on our education platform, EWCed!

The Spirit of Adventure…

This last piece isn’t necessarily about the volcano itself. Sometimes though, it’s fascinating to learn what makes the adventurers on this planet tick. Here is Sam Cossman’s story, as well as more incredible footage from the edge of one of the planet’s most powerful forces…

There is something remarkable about the spirit of exploration.

It drives us to explore the world’s most hostile environments, the moon, and beyond.

For those that will never make it to space, or find Antarctica or the rim of a volcano too much, there is an entire planet out there to discover.

Travel allows us to connect with people and the places they call home. The more we recognize our shared love of this planet, the more we can do to collectively preserve its beauty and heritage for future generations!

By the way, if you want to know more about the traditional culture of the islands of Vanuatu, you can check out a recent article we wrote about one photographer’s mission to capture images of traditional life before it disappears. He has a great piece about his journey to Vanuatu and the adventures that ensued!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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  1. “Inside A Volcano: Explorer Travels To The World’s Most Extreme Environments.” Barcroft TV. YouTube, 12 June 2015. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-zFVW-wEx0>.
  2. “Drones Sacrificed for Spectacular Volcano Video.” YouTube. National Geographic, 24 Feb. 2015. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFIWWM0Iv-U>.
  3. “The Fire Within.” YouTube. Sam Cossman, 3 Feb. 2015. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50PdF9OM7Dc>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV