Regardless of the damage that a volcano can do, few people will not agree that they are amazing. Every year there are hundreds of thousands of people who visit areas where there are volcanoes. Some go as far as going to the crater. It must be as thrilling as starburst, and there are some stunning ones to see.
Mount Fuji, Japan
The shape of Mount Fuji is something that is noticed first. It is a cone, and reaching the peak will take up to 8 hours. Getting back down will be a further 5, so it is not a journey for the faint-hearted. Many Japanese people worship this still active volcano, which is Asia’s second-highest. It appears in many pictures, usually with its snow-covered peak.
Mount St Helens, USA
Mount Helena is in Washington and is still active, although it has not erupted for many years. It will take up to 12 hours to reach the summit and place in Native American culture. Since its last eruption, the area remained almost untouched until it returned to how it was naturally. At present, it is again open to travelers, but there are phases when it cannot be reached, so check if you intend to visit.
Mount Etna, Italy
Mount Etna is the main reason that many people visit Sicily, and it has had an effect on the surrounding farmland over the centuries. The ascent takes less than 2 hours, and car trips can be arranged through the lava fields and caves. This volcano is mentioned in Greek mythology, and the claim is that Zeus held Typhon underneath it. The volcano is continually active and has been a world heritage site since 2013.
Mount Ararat, Turkey
Mount Ararat is probably known to most people as the site where the Ark came to rest after Noah has survived the flood. Unlike many volcanoes, this is classed as dormant. Most visitors only go to look as the ascent can take 8 days and requires experience to undertake it. It makes sense that ascent will be hard as the name means Mountain of Pain.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
This is the most active volcano in Costa Rica, and visitors are often greeted by the sight of ash and lava. This is one volcano that it is not possible to climb, so you will have to make do with the view. This is little hardship, however, as the scenery in the area is amazing. There is a little of everything, rivers, greenery, and rainforest. While not able to get to the top, you can wander through lava fields from eruptions gone by.
Unlike many other volcanoes, this is a glacier volcano. It is likely that this will be known to you as it was in the news recently for a major eruption. Airlines were grounded as there was so much ash in the sky. It can be climbed and trips normally take around 8 hours.
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