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Four Relativity Safe, Active Volcanoes  to get Up, Close and Personal!

What is it about fire and extreme heat that gets our senses in a wondrous and hypnotic state. Researchers at Harvard University have determined that fire, despite being dangerous, is at the core of our humanity, and somewhere deep inside the layers of our brains, we remember it as the true beginning.  There same theories hold true for volcanoes. If you’ve ever watched the footage of a volcano erupting, you know how hard it is to take your eyes away from it.

You can see how potentially deadly they are, but the spectacle is a reminder of where we come from, of the rawness and fragility of the planet.  Lucky for us, there are active volcanoes out there that we can explore and observe up close. They are only a hike, a boat ride, or a cable car away, so get up off your seat and go witness the Earth’s fiery power.

You may even want to take a swim with one!

Kilauea, Hawaii – VOLCANO

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Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is a shield-type volcano that makes up the southeastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The volcano rises 4,190 feet (1,227 meters) above sea level and is about 14 percent of the land area of the Big Island. The summit caldera contains a lava lake known as Halema`uma`u that is said to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele.

Things to do in Kilauea

A once-glowing grotto at the bottom of The Blue Room.

Mokolea Lava Pools

Submerged lava formations create incredible waterworks.

Coco Palms Resort

Kaua’i’s very first resort is now an abandoned relic.

Kalalau Trail

This narrow coastline trail through the dense Kauai wilderness is among the most beautiful and dangerous in the world.

Lithified Sand Dunes

A prehistoric landscape hidden in the cliffs of Kilauea, Hawaii.

Spouting Horn

This Hawaiian blowhole is supposedly caused by a trapped monster.

Kauai Glass Beach

This industrial area was the dumping ground for mass amounts of trash that became tiny bits of sea glass.

To the casual observer, Kilauea appears to be part of the larger volcano Mauna Loa, but geological data indicates that it is a separate volcano with its own vent and conduit system. Kilauea has had more than 60 recorded eruptions in the current cycle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983.

On May 3, 2018, the volcano erupted dramatically, several hours after a magnitude-5.0 quake struck the Big Island. The eruption spewed lava into residential subdivisions in the Puna district of the Big Island, prompting mandatory evacuations of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

 

There are not one, but three active volcanoes located on the island of Hawaii (Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea) and you can easily check them all out. That said, Kilauea is the only one of the three that’s been erupting continuously since 1983 — the other two have not erupted in a little while — so this is the one you want to focus on.

There are many tour companies that will take you on boat rides to witness the Kilauea lava flowing into the ocean. Note that the lava does not enter the ocean every day, so you should check the status of the volcano before heading all the way there.

You can also check out the steaming craters of Kilauea and the flow of lava on land.

Hit the Crater-rim drive tour (11 miles).

Drive the Chain of Crater Road (18.8 miles).

Drive Chain of Craters Road

Chain of Craters Road is an Exceptionally Scenic and Spectacular Drive.

Chain of Craters Road
Chain of Craters Road

Since 1986, lava has flowed repeatedly over Chain of Craters Road/Highway 130. The Park’s acreage has been increased by hundreds of acres and nearly 9 miles (14.5 km) of road have been inundated by the flows. In June 1989, Waha‘ula Visitor Center and associated buildings were burnt and covered by lava. The Waha‘ula Heiau was surrounded by lava more than once and finally buried entirely in August 1997. The Kamoamoa village site, heiau, campground, picnic area, and black sand beach were covered by lava in November 1992.

In 2003, flows covered Chain of Craters road just past the Hōlei Sea Arch. When conditions permit, a drive down to the “End of the Road” offers visitors an opportunity to view excellent examples of the slow advance of lava across the coastal plain. These flows are characteristic of pāhoehoe on relatively flat terrain at a great distance from its vent.

Presently, the Chain of Craters Road is 18.8 miles (30.3 km) to the end of the road with an elevation change of about 3,700 ft. (1,127.8 meters). Chain of Craters Road begins off of Crater Rim Drive, 3.3 miles or 5.3 kilometers south of Kīlauea Visitor Center.

 

If you are able to, we suggest you put on your hiking boots and hit the Halema’uma’u Trail

(1.8 miles round trip). Depending on the danger level, you may be able to get very close to the main crater, but if the signs say for you to go no further, respect them. You don’t want to be breathing in high levels of sulphur dioxide or be at the wrong place when the volcano erupts and throws rocks and lava. There are more day hikes

for those who want to explore further.

For those with a decent fitness level and enough time, there are several wilderness hikes

that will take you as close as safely possible to the flow of lava and craters. One of the most popular backcountry hikes, the Nāpau Trail (14 miles round trip), follows the flow of the magma underground through exposed lava fields.

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Things to do in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland – VOLCANOS

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If only Volcanos were the only reason to visit Iceland you would still be thrilled, but Volcanos are only the tip of the Iceberg. We’ll get into in a bit.

There are enough volcanoes in Iceland for you to hike them for the rest of your life (130), but if you want to check out the most active volcanoes on the island, Katla, Hekla, and Eyjafjallajökull are the ones to conquer.

How many volcanoes are there in Iceland? How often do they erupt? What is the chance of an Icelandic volcano going off on your holiday? Are they safe to visit? Read ahead for the ultimate guide to volcanoes in Iceland.

Now, both Katla and Hekla (the Angry Sisters) are about to burst, so it is highly recommended that you don’t summit them. Volcanoes are cool and all, but we don’t want you to die in horrible circumstances while trying to cross something off your bucket list.

You can hike the infamous Eyjafjallajökull (the glacier that caps the top of the volcano), but only as part of a guided tour. Even then, as of winter 2018, there are many new large crevasses that are quite dangerous, so you may have trouble finding someone to take you there (even on a Jeep tour). Whatever you do, don’t go without an experienced guide; it’s not worth taking a chance.

What you can do, however, is hike the 15.5-mile Fimmvörðuháls trail that is located between Katla and Eyjafjallajökull (you can do it in one day or two days depending on your fitness level and your preference).

You get to see two volcanoes in one hike and you remain safe. Jackpot!

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Mount Etna, Italy. VOLCANO 

Hotels Near Mount Etna, Italy. VOLCANO

 

Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world after Kilauea and the largest volcano in Europe, so if you’ve got “getting to the top of an active volcano” on your travel to-do list, this is a good one to consider bagging.

In the summer, hikers can check out the steaming craters in the summit area of Mount Etna (you can also see the lava flow when the volcano is very active) from the south and the north entrances.

You can hike on your own from Rifugio Sapienza (you’ll have to get there by car or public transport) until meter 2700. After that, you’ll need to jump in a cable car (funivia) or a 4×4 minibus to reach the summit.

 

If you don’t feel comfortable hiking Etna on your own, you can hike with a group for the “long trek”. There is only one group departure daily early in the morning leaving from Rifugio Sapienza.

If you want to hike a little, but don’t feel capable of hoofing it all the way, you can hike with a group for the “short trek”. The short tour includes the cable car (about 15 minutes), 4X4 (about 40 minutes), and a short trek (40 minutes) to a low crater.

There is no way to hike to the very top of Mount Etna (meter 3300) without a private certified mountain guide that you would have arranged in advance.

You will depart from The Village of Linguglossa to Piano Provenzana, the main ski resort on Etna. From there, you can hike on your own or book guided treks or 4×4 excursions.

Hotels Near Mount Etna, Italy. VOLCANO

 

Whakaari, New Zealand  VOLCANO

Hotels Near Whakaari, New Zealand  VOLCANO

 

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The country has the world’s most easily accessible active volcano — an island 30 miles off the shore of the North Island in the Bay of Plenty.

To visit Whakaari

you can take a chopper (get ready to pay through the nose) or take a 90-minute boat tour from Whakatane (still expensive, but much more reasonable and you may be able to see dolphins and whales on the way there). Both options provide a guided tour.

Because this is a marine volcano (most of it lies beneath the ocean), there is no hiking needed — you’ll be dropped off right into the crater.

You’ll have to wear masks and hard hats for safety purposes — the last eruption was in April 2016, so you’re never too cautious when hiking around the crater of an active volcano that’s constantly releasing sulphuric acid.

The place is super colorful (yellows, greens, reds, and blues all over the place) due to the levels of sulphur on the island and it’s steaming like a good active volcano should

Hotels Near Whakaari, New Zealand  VOLCANO

 

 

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