Are you interested in volcano treks? Intrigued by the sight of lava flowing or the idea of hiking over a trail where volcanic eruptions in the past have changed the geography of an area? Is it the view from the top or at a distance that gets your spirit adventuring? There are many countries with active volcanoes, where you can hike partially or all the way to the top in order to peak over the rim into a crater. Did you know that to be considered active, a volcano has to have erupted in the last 10,000 years? Below are a handful of sites, known for their volcanoes, to be explored, hiked, viewed or amazed at.
Costa Rica – Arenal Volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica in the district of La Fortuna. The Arenal volcano measures at least 1,633 metres (5,358 ft) with a crater spanning 140 metres (460 ft).
Ecuador – Avenue of the Volcanoes – is a 325 km. long valley between the major Cordillera ranges. Massive and standing alone, the volcanoes provide brooding, snow-covered contrast to the green equatorial lushness. They also provide mountaineers a rare opportunity to achieve very high altitudes without technical difficulty. Volcano climbing offers an exciting, unforgettable challenge.
Iceland – has a high concentration of active volcanoes due to its location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Of the 30 volcanic systems, the most active is Grimsvotn. In the past 500 years, Iceland’s volcanoes have erupted a third of the total global lava output.
Nicaragua – Nicaragua has one of the most impressive volcanic chains in Central America. It features more than fifty volcanic cones of which seven are active.
Sumatra, Indonesia – Mt. Sibayak is a small stratovolcano overlooking the town of Berastagi in northern Sumatra. Geothermal activity, in the form of steam vents and hot springs, remains high on and around the volcano.
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