Indonesia: 5 Must-Visit Volcanoes what will Blow your Mind
Boring old regular mountains can still impress some, what with their peaks and valleys and jarring stances in nature. But it’s no surprise volcanoes are infinitely more impressive: in an act of blatant defiance to Mother Nature and all that is good, they shoot fire and molten lava out of their peaks; not to mention often times sparking insane lighting storms whilst doing so.
Although the destructive potential of volcanoes is clearly tremendous, advances in technology is helping to reduce the risk to those living in the vicinity through monitoring volcanic activity and forecasting eruptions, and putting in place evacuation procedures. In addition, volcanism benefits us with beautiful scenery, fertile soils, valuable mineral deposits and geothermal energy.
And, because people love to explore what is absolutely thrilling, and somewhat risky (see: cave diving, bungee jumping and other extreme sport), we’ve compiled a list of the most explorable volcanoes in Indonesia, which are among the most active of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Mount Bromo, East Java
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One of the most famous volcanoes of Indonesia is situated on the island of Java; its name is Bromo and it is an active volcano. Bromo’s crater permanently produces smoke and steam, and occasional eruptions take place every now and then (the last one was in 2016). At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well-known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
Mount Ijen, East Java
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Ijen volcano in East Java contains the world’s largest acidic volcanic crater lake, called Kawah Ijen, famous for its turquoise colour. The active crater measuring 950 x 600 m is known for its rich sulphur deposits which are being quarried. The last eruptions were in 1999, which were heard 2km away. The must-see attraction of Kawah Ijen is its eerie tongues of blue flames which ripple up the crater walls like reverse waterfalls. This is the spontaneous combustion of subterranean gasses as they seep out into the night air.
Coffee plantations cover much of the Ijen caldera floor, and tourists are drawn to its waterfalls, hot springs, and dramatic volcanic scenery.
Mount Batur, Bali
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Bali is famous for its fabulous beaches but in the interior is the stunning volcanic mountain, Batur. Mount Batur is an active volcano that draws tourists in with both beauty and promise. Besides the invigorating hike, you can also enjoy the hot springs to loosen those tired post-trek muscles!
Mount Rinjani, Lombok
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The hike up Mount Rinjani is arduous, but you will not regret it. The air is crisp and clear way up on the hill (near to freezing at the peak sometimes!). You get to camp under the Milky Way canopy on the crater rim, and enjoy the stunning view from the summit.
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The lakes of Kelimutu are the main attraction of this volcano – they are located on the same volcanic peak yet each of the three crater lakes atop Kelimutu is a markedly different colour. It is the only place on earth where this amazing colour variation takes place.
The Indonesian authorities monitor the volcanic activity of these colossal mounds, and visits are only possible if deemed safe by them. What a sure-fire way to ensure that you have a whopping good time on the mountains!
By: Team Tour Mount Bromo
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