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Etti Bali Aug 05 2015

Stunning volcanoes around the world

Kanika Nevatia Aug 05 2015
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Check out this list of the most stunning volcanoes around the world, and prepare to be left gobsmacked! So, how about volcano tourism as each one of them is worth laying your eyes on from a safe distance..

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Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Known to be named after the Hindu god Brahma, this mighty volcano is one of the most well-known volcanoes in South East Asia. A popular ritual is held near the volcano by the local inhabitants called Tenggerese, during the Yadnya Kasada festival. People throw fruits and vegetables into the volcano as a part of this ritual.

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Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico

Better known as El Popo, this natural marvel is said to be the most active volcano in Mexico. The name of the volcano literally means “smoking mountain”. The eruptions caused by this volcano are periodic in nature, with the last having occurred in 2013. If you are planning to visit Mexico, then the best time to see the volcano is between December and March.

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Known to be the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a whopping 19,341 ft tall. It consists of three prominent volcanic cones. The mountain peak is a popular attraction among mountain climbers as it is considered a relatively easy climb. The Kilimanjaro National Park, located on the foothills is a must visit!

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Mount St. Helens, United States

Located in the United States, this volcanic mountain came into prominence in 1980 when its eruption took the lives of 57 people and created a flat surface of about 600 square kilometers around the area. If you are planning on visiting this volcano, you will not be allowed to go farther than 6.4 km near the crater of the volcano due to its actively eruptive nature.

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Thrihnukagigur, Iceland

Planning a trip to Iceland? There is no way you can skip a visit to Thrihnukagigur, one of the most stunning volcanoes around the world. The name of the volcano literally translates to“three peak crater” owing to its appearance. Since it is not an active volcano, its best feature is that it can be explored on the inside, meaning you can step down the 393 ft deep main crater.

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Mount Etna, Italy

This active volcano located on the island of Sicily is known for its frequent eruptions of ash and lava. Standing at 10,921 ft tall, this peak is considered to be the tallest in Europe. Regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the best time to visit this snow-capped volcano is between April and November.

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Tolbachik, Russia

Located in Eastern Russia, Tolbachik consists of two volcanoes--Plosky Tolbachik and Ostry Tolbachik, which literally translate to flat-topped volcano and peaked volcano respectively. It is one of the largest and most active volcanoes in all of Russia. People flock here from all over the world to witness the eruptions from a safe distance.

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Krakatoa, Indonesia

Planning a trip to Indonesia and want to see an active volcano? Visit Krakatoa, which is part of the popular Ujung Kulon National Park. An eruption and subsequent tsunami hit this area in 1883, making it one of the most violent historic eruptions. This volcanic island is a very popular tourist attraction where fishing trips and boat rides are organised regularly.

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Mount Fuji, Japan

This active volcano lies about a 100 km from the city of Tokyo and forms an integral part of Japanese history and culture. This snow-capped peak is surrounded by five lakes, making for a picturesque sight. A popular peak for mountain climbers, lakhs of climbers flock from all over the world. The best time to visit is between June and August.

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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

If you wish to visit an active volcano where you can spot some lava erupting out of the crater, then head to the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Surrounded by the Arenal Volcano National Park on all sides, this is a popular tourist attraction in the region. Here you can also enjoy a number of outdoor activities such as rafting, trekking, mountain biking and swimming.

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Mount Vesuvius, Italy

Although this volcano had its last eruption in 1944, it is still considered Europe's only active volcano. The area that surrounds the mountain is known as the Vesuvius National Park and is one of the most populated areas surrounding any volcano. You can view the remains of two historic cities--Pompeii and Herculaneum that were erased by an eruption in 79CE.

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These are just some of the stunning volcanoes around the world. Leave a comment and add to the list if you know of any others! Make sure you visit at least one of these in this lifetime. Happy travels!
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