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See an Active Volcano



For the adventure experience of a lifetime, traveling to a volcano combines mountaineering with the thrill of seeing one of nature's most unpredictable events. But volcanoes can be as deadly as they are beautiful, and taking a trip to any of these active volcanoes requires caution. Tim Orr, a volcanologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, described the precautions he takes when getting close to lava flows in an interview with Tested.

"If you're close enough the radiant heat from the lava will burn your bare skin if it's exposed, so we wear gloves, leather boots, a face mask, and sunglasses," Orr said.

For any volcano vacation, it's important to check advisories or warnings that may have come out, and be aware of the risks associated with hiking up the side of an active volcano.

Here are some of active volcanoes you can visit around the world.

Note: You should keep a frequent watch on weather reports for each volcano as conditions can often change.

White Island situated 48 km from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. White Island had its last eruption in 2013, but remains a popular site that can be accessed with guided tours.

When visiting the area, you’ll come across stunning fumaroles that release steam and gases, hot springs, and acid pools.

Eyjafjallajökull volcano is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland it has became famous after an eruption in 2010 that led to major delays in air travel. The volcano is one of the most unique, being completely covered by an ice cap, and can be explored adventurously via airplane tours or 4x4 Jeep tours.

Mayon is an active stratovolcano in Albay, Philippines. While the volcano can be climbed, you can also take an ATV tour and ride along its rugged terrain.

Mount Naka is one of the most active of the five summits that sit atop Mount Aso, located in Kyushu, Japan. The volcano has been regularly releasing lava, giving spectators a one-of-a-kind nature show that you can safely watch from the Aso Volcano Museum road.

Kilauea, nestled inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Pahoa, Hawaii, is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Access its roof via the 19-mile Chain of Craters Road and you’ll be rewarded with unbelievable views of spewing lava.

Mount Erebus, located on Ross Island, Antarctica, is the most active volcano in the area and its second-highest at an elevation of over 12,000 feet. Here, you’ll find an active lava lake that spews clouds of steam into the air, but because the volcano is only accessible via helicopter or by bracing frigid temperatures, getting there can be an adventure in itself.

Pacaya is an active volcano near Guatemala City, Guatemala, that regularly erupts. Despite this, it is one of the safest of Guatemala’s active volcanoes to access and has become a popular tourist attraction thanks to the opportunity it gives travelers to get up close to gushing lava.

In Congo’s Virgunga National Park lies Mount Nyiragongo, one of Africa’s most active volcanoes. Accessing it can be challenging considering you’ll need to hike up 4,600 feet to reach the crater’s edge, so it may be worth making the trek with a tour guide.

Tungurahua is an active volcano that sits high in the Andes Mountains near Baños, Ecuador. It’s been nicknamed “The Black Giant” thanks to its massive explosions.


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