The 6 world’s most worth-visiting active volcanoes

Visiting active volcanoes is a dangerous experience but there are always irresistible attractions, especially for adventurous travellers.


Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

In 2010, newsreaders around the world struggled to pronounce the name of the Icelandic glacier volcano that brought air traffic in Europe to a standstill. Eyjafjallajökull belched out huge ash clouds that hung in the air for more than six days. Although it’s too dangerous to walk on the ice cap that covers the caldera of the volcano, hikers can explore the rocky terrain on the 15-mile Fimmvörðuháls ridge hike – walk between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers and see the craters and lava flow formed by the 2010 eruption.


Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Located on the Ring of Fire at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, East Java is home to the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and the famous Bromo volcano. Normally, visitors will travel by jeep to the volcano area early in the morning to watch the sunrise. In addition, to get closer to the crater, visitors need to cross a sandy beach and can rent bicycles or horses from local people for travelling. Photo: ToppyBaker / Shutterstock.


Vesuvius, Italy

The cone of the Vesuvius volcano looms large over the city of Naples in southern Italy. The giant volcanic crater of the mountain was formed in the latest eruption in 1944. Before that, in 79, the lava in an eruption enveloped the prosperous city of Pompeii  and not until nearly 2,000 years later was this city rediscovered and everything has been perfectly preserved. Photo: Versta / Shutterstock.


Mount Fuji, Japan

Nearly 100km far from Tokyo, Mount Fuji, with its snow-capped summit, is considered a symbol of Japan. The climbing season starts from July to mid September when the weather is relatively mild and pleasant. In addition, visitors can stay overnight at the lodge on the trail leading to the mountain, then explore the mountain early in the morning, before the clouds covered the place. Photo: Sakarin Sawasdinaka / Shutterstock.


Taal Volcano, Philippines

Taal is the world's smallest active volcano and the crater is now a green lake. To visit this volcano, you can travel by canoe from Talisay to the volcanic island for about 30 minutes, and then walk on a trail leading to the crater lake. Photo: Saiko3p / Shutterstock.


Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The 3,000-sq-mile Virunga National Park in Central Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. The park, Africa’s oldest, attracts visitors keen to see rare wildlife and trek to the summit of Nyirangongo (treks are 4–6 hours and include an overnight stay in a summit shelter).

Don't forget to pay a visit to these places if you have any chance.

By: Christina Baker

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