TOP 10 STUNNING VOLCANOES AROUND THE WORLD

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Do you think of yourself as an intrepid traveler? If the answer is yes, you may well want to consider starting to visit volcanoes as a vacation option. Volcanoes can seriously push holiday adventures to the edge, literally. Standing on the rim of an active volcanic cauldron takes some nerve, and you also need a head for heights because, believe it, visiting volcanoes is something which you can’t do when at ground level.

Think you can handle going up a mountain peak which is spewing smoke, ash and glowing hot rivers of lava? If so, check out these top ten stunning volcanoes in the world and decide which one you want to see first.

10. Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Break yourself into volcanic tourism slowly by visiting Mount Teide on the Canarian island of Tenerife. Even though it’s classed as an active volcano, it’s minus the flowing lava which means it’s quite a safe place to start. That said, Mount Teide is Spain’s highest peak, and even though there is a cable car which will carry you most of the way up, if you want to view the cauldron it requires a further, quite strenuous, three-hour hike from the cable car station to reach the summit.

Last eruption: 1909

Height: 3,178 meters; 12,198ft

Map LocationMount Teide, Tenerife

Roque Cinchado and Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Roque Cinchado and Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Panoramic view of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Panoramic view of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Cable Car view from Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Cable Car view from Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

9. Mount Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy

As far as volcanoes go, Mount Etna has got a lot going for it. Not only is it still active, but it’s also the most active in the world, the biggest in Europe and easily outdoes Italy’s other two active volcanoes in size. Yes, it’s a pretty volatile mountain which erupts on a regular basis and occasionally blows smoke rings for extra dramatic effect. Whether you ride the cable car up and then walk to the summit,  hike all the way or drive up on a guided jeep tour, you’ll need some thick-soled hiking boots and warm clothing. It might be one smoking hot mountain, but the temperatures at altitude are pretty chilling.

Last Eruption: 2017 – with on-going rumblings

Height: 3,329 meters; 10,922ft

Map Location: Mount Etna, Sicily

Volcano Etna eruption in Sicily, Italy
Aerial Drone view of Mount Etna volcanic crater in Sicily, Italy
The mount Etna with smoke, Sicily, Italy
Etna eruption of July 2014, Sicily, Italy
Etna volcano craters in Sicily, Italy

8. Sakurajima, Kyushu, Japan

Sakurajima may look like an inoffensive mound of rock seen from a distance as you sail into Kagoshima Bay. It’s not. It’s a volcanic exhibitionist which shoots plumes of ash and smoke sixteen thousand feet up into the air, and that’s on one of its quieter days. Sakurajima’s constant activity showers the surrounding countryside with a layer of ash as thick as a blanket. It’s a volcano that likes to rumble and has been doing it since nineteen fifty-five to the present day.

Last Eruption: 2018

Height: 1,117 meters; 3,665ft

Map Location: Sakurajima, Japan

Sakurajima Volcano eruption in Kyushu, Japan
Kagoshima Lansdcape with with Sakurajima Volcano in Japan
Sakurajima Volcano Crater in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan

7. Whakaari/White Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Landscapes don’t get much more primitive than they are in New Zealand and if you visit Whakaari/ White Island, you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in the land that time forgot. White Island, which is just the tip of the volcano – the rest is out of sight submerged beneath the sea – is comparable to a witches cauldron. Yes, it does a lot of hissing, bubbling and spitting venom. There’s a lake of acid, boiling mud, thermal streams and an abundance of stinking sulfur which turns the ground orange and yellow.

Last Eruption: 2017

Height: 321 meters; 1,053ft

Map Location: Whakaari/ White Island, New Zealand

Group of people exploring Whakaari or White Island in New Zealand
Whakaari White Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Whakaari or White Island an active andesite stratovolcano in New Zealand
Yacht moored at Whakaari or White Island in New Zealand
Helicopter tour over Whakaari White Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

6. Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the sleeping giant of all volcanoes. It’s not just the tallest volcano in Africa, it’s Africa’s highest mountain too, and that’s a fact that attracts as many mountain climbers as volcano tourists. Don’t expect to see any volcanic activity at Mount Kilimanjaro, of its three cones two are extinct and the other is dormant and hasn’t woken up or coughed out smoke for over one hundred and fifty thousand years.

Last Eruption: Between 150,000 to 200,000 years ago

Height: 4,900 meters; 16,000ft

Map LocationMount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Giraffes with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
Aerial Drone view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
Orange tents on Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
Elephants with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

5. Kelimutu Volcano, Flores Island, Indonesia

The Kelimutu Volcano on the Flores Island in Indonesia is a volcano with a very distinct difference. While it does have three cones in common with many of the world’s other volcanoes, Kelimutu’s are not spitting fire and brimstone. Instead, they’re filled with beautifully colored lakes which change from stunning glacial blue to green to muddy red to black depending on the volcanic action going on beneath them.

Last Eruption: 1968

Height: 1,639 meters; 5,377ft

Map Location: Kelimutu Volcano, Indonesia

Aerial Drone view of Kelimutu volcano and its crater lakes, Flores Island, Indonesia
Kelimutu volcano and its crater lakes, Flores Island, Indonesia
Crater lakes of various colours of the stunning Kelimutu Volcano, Flores Islands, Indonesia
Morning View of Kelimutu Volcano, Flores Islands, Indonesia
Steaming volcanic colourful lakes. Kelimutu Volcano, Flores Islands, Indonesia

4. Eyjafjallajökull, Suðurland, Iceland

The Eyjafjallajökull in Suðurland is a pretty chilled out volcano. It’s so chilled in fact, its frozen over. While it is still classed as active, with the last major eruption being in 2010, it’s not hot enough to melt the glacial ice cap which covers it. Eyjafjallajökull is not a stand-alone volcano, but one of a chain which stretches across the Icelandic landscape. At first glance, it may seem unpretentious as far as volcano goes, but don’t be deceived. The last time it erupted, it caused absolute chaos when the plumes of smoke and ash congested international flight paths and left thousands of travelers stranded in airports all over the Europe.

Last Eruption: 2010

Height: 1,651 meters; 5,417ft

Map Location: Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in 2010. Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in 2010. Iceland

Waterfall and Eyjafjallajokull volcano in background. Iceland

Waterfall and Eyjafjallajokull volcano in background.

Walking on the top of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland

Walking on the top of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland
Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland

3. Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines

Ask anyone to draw a volcano, and they’ll quite likely sketch something which closely resembles the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines. For a volcano, as far as its shape goes, it is probably one of the best formed and most symmetrical of volcanoes anywhere in the world. Its classic conical configuration is so perfect it’s a geometer’s dream. It’s also well-practiced at erupting and has been doing it on a regular basis over the past decade. It’s the Philippines most active volcano and has recently splurged lava fountains from its peak to heights of five hundred meters.

Last Eruption: 2018

Height: 2,463meters; 8,081ft

Map Location: Mayon Volcano, Philippines

Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines
Mayon Volcano Eruption in 2018. Albay, Philippines
Amazing view of Mayon Volcano in Philippines
Mayon Volcano in Philippines

2. Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Japan

It may be over three hundred years since Mount Fuji in Japan erupted, but it is still classified as an active volcano. It looms over the city of Tokyo and is Japan’s highest peak. If any volcano could be labeled as multi-purpose, then it would be Mount Fuji. Its stark formation has creatively inspired writers and artists, it’s been worshipped as a shrine, is a paragliding take-off point and is also used as a ski resort in winter.

Last Eruption: 1708

Height: 3,776 meters; 12,389ft

Map Location: Mount Fuji, Tokyo

Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi in Japan
Aerial Drone view of Mount Fuji, Japan
Red Pagoda with Mount Fuji in Japan
Mount Fuji in Japan
Woman looking at Mount Fuji, Japan

1. Mauna Loa and Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

When Hawaii does volcanoes, it doesn’t do them by halves. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not only where Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes is, but also where Mauna Loa is found. Mauna Loa is the daddy of all volcanoes and holds prime position on the list of biggest volcanoes in the world. Kilauea, not to be too overshadowed, is a mean beast of a volcano which has been continually erupting since the early nineteen eighties.

Why Go? Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and you’ll be in one of the most volcanically volatile locations in the world. For that reason alone, you’ll be able to proudly call yourself a real volcano tourist. Watch as lava flows hit the sea and form brand new land or go an exciting drive around the crater rim – eruptions permitting.

When To Go? If you’re in Hawaii and it’s going to rain, then it’ll more than likely happen between November and March, while the rest of the year, the climate is reasonably stable. To see the magnificent lava flows at their glowing best either pre-dawn or after-dark tours are best. In 2018, Kilauea was showering its bad temper on the world and up close viewing access was restricted. Check what the volcano is up to before you go on the National Parks website.

Last Eruption: Mauna Loa: 1984, Kilauea: 2019

Height: Mauna Loa: 4,169 meters; 13,679ft; Kilauea: 1,247 meters; 4,091ft

Map Location: Mauna Loa, HawaiiKilauea, Hawaii

Kilauea volcano eruption boat tour in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Kilauea volcano eruption boat tour in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Surface flow lava oozes out during an eruption from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Surface flow lava oozes out during an eruption from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Mauna Loa volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Mauna Loa volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaii lava flow entering the ocean on Big Island from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Hawaii lava flow entering the ocean on Big Island from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Looking at Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii

Looking at Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii

There are many other active “volcanic” sites throughout the world. Always interesting to see what our old world is doing to relieve itself. Certainly interesting photography.

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