They are a beauty of nature, used as landmarks and above all provides with the best and fertile soils in the surrounding areas. Such are the definitions you get for volcanoes. Treasured since time immemorial, volcanoes traditionally provided places where ancient communities believed was a home to their gods, places held in high esteem.
In modern times, these places are of high value to communities. Attracting millions of tourists alongside other benefits, volcanoes continues to be among the pricey possessions offered by nature to different communities around the globe.
The volcanoes take different shapes, sizes and heights among other features. Here is a list of top 10 most amazing volcanoes. They offer outstanding features, sceneries and experience giving tourists a wide choice for nature lovers. While some are dormant and safe to visit, others are active and require guidance to ascertain the best and safest time to be around them.
Here are the top 10 Miraculous Volcanoes in the world
10. Popocatepetl volcano – Mexico
One of the most active volcanoes to date, the Popocatepetl is one of the major attractions in Mexico. It is otherwise referred to as El Popo a name that translates to Smoking Mountain in Nahuatl language. The volcano is located in a national park approximately 70 Km South East of Mexico city. The most recent eruption witnessed at the volcano was in 2013 and it remains one of the most active with eruptions expected any time. A leading tourist destination, the volcano is also located within an area marked by World Heritage Sites that is also home to monasteries built by Spanish monks in the 16th century.
9. Krakatau – Indonesia
In the ninth position is the volcano of Krakatau. It has its place in the world history with the most violent eruptions. In 1883, the volcano experienced eruptions that were believed to have killed over 35,000 people and cased one of the greatest Tsunamis in history. The eruptions destroyed an entire Island and formed a new one known today as Anak Krakatau that translates to child of Krakatau. The volcano is a leading tourist destination in Indonesia where visitors are treated to a wide range of activities around the islands including boat trips, fishing and a tour around its numerous lagoons.
8. Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
The highest mountain in Africa at 5895 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro is also a leading tourist destination in the region. Located on an expansive national park, the volcano remains the choice of majority. Having been dormant for decades, it is considered one of the safest volcanoes by mountain climbers. Every year, over 20,000 visitors take part in climbing the steep terrains of the mountain. The rich biodiversity in the parks surrounding the mountain also come in hardy to give the extra touch for tourists. This is alongside an opportunity to witness on of the recently discovered wonders of the world “the great migration” that features migration of animals in the parks surrounding the mountain.
7. Bromo _ Indonesia
Located in South East Asia, Bromo takes the seventh position among the most scenic in the world. Named after a Hindu god known as Brahma, it is carries with it rich cultural importance to the communities who live in the region and the larger Hindu community. The Tenggerese community that lives in the areas that surround the volcano and performs the Yadnya Kasada festival. During this festival, the community ascend the volcano throwing fruits, vegetables and livestock as gifts to appease the god Brahma. It is a leading tourist attraction with numerous activities for visitors that include trekking and horse riding. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park with its richness of wild is also a major attraction to the volcano.
6. Mt. St. Helens – United States
Known to be the most active volcano in the United States, Mt. St. Helens is a leading and scenic tourist attraction. Its recent eruption occurred in 1980 where an area of approximately 600 sq miles was flattened. 57 lives were also lost in the eruption. Owing to its active nature, visitors to the volcano are not allowed to the crater and get the opportunity to enjoy its view 6.4 km away at the visitors center established in 1987. In 1997, another viewing location known as Johnstone Ridge Observatory was established. This is equipped with rich information on geological and cultural aspects of the volcano.
5. Thrihnukagigur – Iceland
With over 4000 years since its last activity, Thrinukagigur is now deemed as an inactive volcano and still considered to remain inactive for long. This makes it the safest volcano in the world to visit. Here visitors are allowed to explore deep into the volcano with facilities in place to ensure there is easy access. This includes installation of steps to access the 120-meter deep crater that is the biggest on the volcano. A leading attraction site, the volcano rests within Blafjoll County Park where it remains under protection from the park management. It derives its name from the three peaks crater that is a translation of its name.
4. Arenal Volcano – Costa Rica
Having experienced its latest eruption in 1968, Arenal remains on record as one among the most active volcanoes on the planet. Its latest eruption caused a near destruction of a nearby town of Tabacon. Located within Arenal Volcano National Park, the volcano embraces a wide range of attractions for tourists that include flora and fauna. Visitors are also treated to numerous activities among them trekking and bike riding. Surrounded by numerous hot springs swimming and rafting are also among the list of activities available.
3. Mt. Etna – Italy
With an elevation of approximately 3,329 meters above sea level, Mt. Etna is among the tallest mountains in Europe. It is located in the heart of Sicily Island and offers unique scenic experiences with its approximately 400 craters. One among the most active volcanoes, Mt. Etna constantly emits ash and lava. It carries rich historical significance being home to mythological creatures Cyclops. Tourists to this destination are treated to various activities that include cable car services and jeep tours. It beauty and glamour earns the volcano a position in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
2. Mt. Fuji – Japan
Located only 100 km North-West of Tokyo, Mt. Fuji carries rich history among the locals. This aspect makes the mountain a leading attraction where millions of visitors troupe every year to enjoy and take part in its rich history. It is home to numerous cultural shrines and carries with it ancient culture of the Japanese. Home to the tallest peak in Japan, Mt. Fuji experienced its last eruption in 1707. Among its greatest and attractive features include the snow capped peaks and five surrounding lakes. On average, it attract s over 3 million climbers annually with the highest numbers visiting between June and August.
1. Mt. Vesuvius – Italy
The only active volcano in the continent of Europe, Mt. Vesuvious is located in Bay of Naples. The volcano experienced its most recent eruption in 1944 and is rich in culture and mythology of the local community. In 79 AD, the volcano had its biggest eruption that erased the towns of Herculanem and Pompeii. It offers magnificent views of volcanic action alongside the ruins of Pompeii that remain part of its great attraction. Currently, it offers the most densely populated surrounding in the world.
Volcanoes dot the whole globe. Despite resulting from similar geographical reactions, they vary widely in size location and activity. It is this disparity that rates the volcanoes as to the best and safest to visit as a holidaymaker. The top 10 most amazing volcanoes listed above carry with them a rich experience, an opportunity to enjoy the great works of nature an above all an experience of a lifetime.