6 Volcano Destinations to Cross off Your Bucket List
With Cost Rica’s Turrialba making recent headlines, there’s no better time to cross off ‘visit a volcano’ from your bucket list. From Hawaiian behemoths to Japanese giants, get ready to heat things up with our guide to the best volcanoes to visit.
Mount Pelee, Martinique
In 1902, the eruption of Mount Pelee resulted in the death of close to 30,000 people. Now, thanks to high tech monitoring systems manned by volcanologists and geophysicists, visitors can breathe easy knowing that the chances of another catastrophic disaster happening without warning are low. Taking in the incredible views make it hard to imagine such a magnificent site being the source of the destruction of an entire population, especially on a cloudless day.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Active until 2010, Arenal volcano continues to be a destination not to be missed, even without the spectacular eruptions of lava and ash. Today, Arenal lays dormant but thanks to its incredible location, visitors will be dazzled with its imposing presence as well as the incredible sites that surround it. Lush rain forests, stunning waterfalls, and intriguing local wildlife make for an adventurer’s dream come true. Guided hiking tours, white water rafting excursions, and canopy tours make for unforgettable experiences, as do the hot springs that just beg to be visited to rest achy, hiking-trail weary muscles.
Nevis Peak, St Kitts and Nevis
Located on the gorgeous island of Nevis, the aptly named Nevis Peak hasn’t erupted since prehistoric times but it still packs an explosive punch as far as holiday destinations are concerned. Hikers will find themselves in paradise as they navigate the steep trails to the summit, surrounded by seriously unparalleled views. For an unforgettable experience, it’s worth trekking with an expert guide who can help make the trip even more unbelievable.
Mount Sakurajima, Japan
Considered to be one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, Mount Sakurajima erupts several times a day, sending volcanic ash out onto surrounding areas. The ferry ride to the island is a wonderful experience in and of itself, thanks to the breathtaking views, and once visitors arrive, they’re rarely disappointed. Hiking trails and gorgeous landscapes can be explored by foot or on a bicycle but the real star is the volcano itself. Even the most daring travelers can’t help but feel the thrill that can only come by spending time in the shadow of a smoking giant.
Mount Vesuvius, Italy
If Mount Vesuvius rings a bell, it’s probably because you’re familiar with the destruction of Pompeii. Today, it’s considered one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, due to the fact that the surrounding area is densely populated and another eruption would wreak total havoc. Should you find yourself visiting Vesuvius, head to the national park at its base and take advantage of the maintained trails to explore the stunning landscape. A walkway spirals up the mountain to the crater, should you be feeling extra adventurous.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA
Hiking excursions, driving tours, speaker events, and the thrill that can only come from seeing some seriously spectacular volcanoes are just some of the things to do at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. First time travelers and seasoned vets alike are unlikely to run out of things to do, thanks to the extensive offerings at this incredible spot. Should you find your park bucket list too long to check off in a single day, there are camp sites and lodges, guaranteed to suit the needs of every visitor. Just be sure to check the park’s website before heading out, as there are often closure advisories in effect.
Who is Kate Walker? She’s a freelance writer, yoga addict, and citizen of the concrete jungle. When not on the mat, Kate can be found at the dog park or on the dock in Muskoka. She is also pretty fond of running, skiing, and Settlers of Catan.