The sight of an erupting volcano might deter most from getting near it, but daredevils in Italy refused to succumb to the explosion as these pictures prove.
Mount Etna, on the southern Italian island of Sicily, blew up for the fourth time this year, but despite molten lava spewing down, a group of skiers managed to capture the effects up close.
The party then sailed down its slopes which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Etna scales 11,000ft and is 18 miles above the Sicilian town of Catania, sent a four mile trail of smoke and ash into the sky.
Whilst nearby airports remained opened, officials shut down two nearby flight paths as a safety precaution following the explosion.
Catania which has an estimated population just shy of 300,000, last witnessed a similar eruption in May 2011.
On that occasion, the main airport was forced to shut down and fears grew over the safety of cyclists that were taking part in the Giro d’Italia cycle race stage between Messina and Etna.
Just days ago, thrill-seekers in Central America filmed themselves as they sledged down the side of an active volcano.
Adrenalin junkie Matt Karsten and his mate flew down the side of the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua,with just a tiny wooden sled to guide them down the steep ashy slopes.
They managed to negotiate their way down the 728-metre volcano in just under four minutes – gaining speeds of up to 50mph.
Matt, a web designer from Miami, USA, said: ‘I wanted to try volcano boarding because it sounded like a bit of a crazy adrenalin rush.
‘When there’s no snow to go sledging in, volcanic ash seemed like the next best thing.
‘How many people can say they’ve sped down an active volcano on a little piece of wood?’
VIDEO: Matt Karsten flies down the side of the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER