Did you know there are over 1500 active volcanos around the world? These are mainly in the area referred to as the ring of fire, which runs 40,000 km (25,000 miles) in a horseshoe shape from the south pacific islands such as Tonga to Hawaii via Japan and Indonesia travelling on to North America and Mexico and many others including Antarctica. Volcanoes are one of the most deadly natural phenomena. On Friday past, I had the opportunity to join in a live webinar from London's Natural History Museum with one of their team's volcanologists. It was very informative and inspiring! Did you know you can walk across lava fields, cycle or even see incredible volcanoes in all there wonder from a helicopter?
Earth And It's Volcanoes
Inspired by last Friday's volcano webinar, I would love to share with you some incredible experiences that you can enjoy such as walking across volcano lava fields, helicopter rides over active volcanos and visiting the amazing "living museum" - Galapagos Islands, created between 3 - 5 million years ago above a subducting plate to create the island archipelago. Today Islands are still being formed and older islands being reclaimed back by the Pacific Ocean. You might have heard of Mount Vesuvius with the volcanic tragedy- Pompeii but have you heard of these?
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Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua
Did you know you can Volcano Board in Nicaragua? The idea was conceived by the Australian Darryn Webb, who climbed the 2,400-foot high Cerro Negro in 2006 but was looking for a faster way to come down. "He decided to go down the volcano on surfboards, fridge doors, mattresses anything he could find," said Gemma Cope.
Matthew The Expert Vagabond did exactly that here he tells you about his slightly insane experience of volcano boarding in Nicaragua.
Volcano Cycling Tour, Bali
The Indonesian island of Bali is known for its lush green rice paddies, historic temples and sandy beaches. There are also areas with pubs and nightclubs, you can see and buy local handicrafts or take a yoga or meditation retreat.
One of the best ways to explore Bali and see it's incredible scenery is cycling. For those visiting Bali for the first time, you might like to join a cycling tour. There are a few to choose from including the one starting at the base of Mount Batur, one of the worlds most active volcanos, visiting local villages and seeing the iconic rice paddies.
For the more dynamic adventurers, maybe you would prefer a sunrise hike? More than 200 people climb Mount Batur each day to witness the incredible views including that of Caldera Lake. One of the safest and easiest options is the trekking package it includes transportation, guide, entrance fees, light, breakfast and insurance.
Excited to find out more and discover all you need to know about trekking Mount Batur at sunrise? Read the in-depth and informative guide by the Digital Travel Couple.
I love the idea of quad biking Mount Batur and visiting the hot springs. Driving over the black ash, through the lush jungle and local countryside before visiting the hot springs and a coffee plantation. You can find out more here.
Read more about the worlds best cycling routes here.
Volcano Swimming In Australia
Did you know you can even swim in a volcano crater? I had no idea! How cool is that?
Have you done this? Would love to know.
Hawaii's Volcano's and Activities
Hawaii is one of my favourite destinations not just for volcanoes but lots more! Well known as a volcano hotspot from the extinct volcano crater of Haleakalā, Maui to the massive Volcano National Park on the big island. There are loads of incredible opportunities to see and enjoy the Hawaiian volcanos. The big island is constructed of five volcanoes - Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Hualalai and Kohala. Did you know you can walk across the lava fields of the Volcano National Park?
The first volcano of Hawaii Mahukona named after the nearby town was the start of the big island and is also the last volcano to have been discovered! It stopped erupting 350, 000 years ago and now lies 3,770 feet below sea level. The big island is said to have been created by six or possibly even seven volcanoes. The most active is Kilauea, last erupting in 2018 and lies on the south-east of the island.
45 minutes south of Hilo is Volcano National Park home to two of the worlds most active volcanos Kilauea and Maunaloa. Kilauea is called the world's only drive-in volcano!