Having been to a few volcanoes myself, I understand the passion some fanatics have about them. The sheer size of the volcanoes is awe inspiring and the potential rumblings under foot is truly memorizing. So here is my list of top 5 volcanoes to visit around the world:
1) Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii
If you only ever get to visit one volcano, make sure it is this one. Not only do you get to go up the volcano and see the indescribable chasm of the volcano’s centre but you can also explore Pompeii and see the town that was devastated by the eruption in 79A.D. You can stand in the ruins and imagine the scene they faced as hot lava and grey clouds of smoke poured down the volcano and engulfed the homes and people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although it has erupted over 50 times since then, it has not erupted since 1944 and is a popular place to visit.
2) Mount Etna, Sicily
This is well known for being the tallest active volcano in Europe and has had many eruptions over the last few years. In fact it erupted in January 2012 and is still erupting now (April 2012). It is one of the most active volcanos in the world.
3) Evjafjallajokull, Iceland
The country of Iceland has 30 volcanos due to its placement over a tectonic plate. Although not the biggest, Evjafjallajokull is most notable due to its eruption in 2010 which caused havoc across Europe. Airports were brought to a standstill due to the thick grey volcanic ash in the skies. The Evjafjallajokull is covered with a 39 square mile ice cap.
4) Mauna Loa, Hawaii
Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in terms of size and also the largest mountain. It is known for being one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. To see the shield shaped volcano is truly a wonder and the Hawaii Volcancoes National Park allows people to hike and camp on the summit.
5) Irazu, Costa Rica
Although there are more notable volcanos in the world, Irazu makes the list due to its sheer beauty. Costa Rica has many volcanoes but Irazu is the most active. The highlight is the green lake in one of the craters which is truly stunning. The colour comes from rain mixing with minerals from the crater walls, producing a gorgeous emerald coloured lake. The Irazu Volcano National Park runs around the volcano and is a great place to visit.