A volcanic eruption, despite being disruptive and potentially disastrous, is also fascinating and can be extremely beautiful to see as a tourist. There tend to be some great organised tours in the volcanic areas and below we take a look at some of the best volcanic holidays for seeing volcanic eruptions.
Mount Etna in Sicily is the tallest active Volcano in Europe and sits proudly on the east coast of Sicily and, as well as being extremely beautiful to look at, it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, meaning that if you get your timing right you can view some impressive eruptions from a safe distance. If you are not satisfied with looking from afar you can get up close and explore the surrounding lava fields and volcanic tunnels, but make sure you don’t stray too close. (You can go on an organised your with Etna experience and they do tours in English and Italian).
The reason this island is so popular with volcano lovers is that as well as being home to a hugely active volcano, it also boasts an extinct volcano, meaning that people can experience the best of both worlds – getting up close and exploring the intimate details of the extinct volcano but also watching in awe as the active volcano erupts on a regular basis. Other attractions on the island include beautiful waterfalls and great cycling and hiking opportunities.
Bali is considered to be one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world, so as if you needed any other reasons to visit there, Bali is home to a beautiful volcano which, despite only erupting a few times in recent years, is popular with climbers who are allowed to climb to the top of it and take in the stunning views inside.
The famous island of Hawaii is most commonly associated as being a paradise where people come to enjoy the sunshine and beaches, but what most people do not know is that Hawaii is also home to the world’s most active volcano. It is an amazing sight to see the lava pouring out of the volcano and into the sea, causing an impressive reaction. The regularity of the eruptions and the fact that there a so many volcanoes on the island makes it unlikely that any visitors to Hawaii will go home disappointed. When you throw in everything else that Hawaii has to offer, Hawaii really is one of the best holiday options for volcano lovers.
Iceland famously caused havoc with air travel when its most active volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, erupted and littered the skies around Europe for a prolonged period. Although the volcanoes in the country do not erupt regularly, there is a small chance that you may get lucky on a visit here, but even if you do not experience an eruption you can still enjoy everything else the country has to offer.
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