Volcanoes are one of Earth’s natural wonders that makes us want to stop in our tracks, reach out and touch it.
While it isn’t always possible to touch these magnificent formations, it is possible to travel to destinations where volcanoes are alive, and yes, kicking.
The following places should give you the nudge of travel inspiration you need to go ahead and book the trip for your family.
There’s no better way to treat the family to a volcanic sight or 2, than with a visit to the land of fire and ice.
This island country has many volcanoes dotted around its remote landscape, with the majority of them – you’ll be happy to hear – dormant.
In 2010, one of its volcanoes, Eyjafjallajökull, erupted causing flight chaos across Europe. Thankfully, as of present, it remains calm, meaning we can admire once again, just from afar.
After this, why not hire a car and explore the east coast of the country in Seydisfjördur. Kids and adults will enjoy the vast volcanic desert as well as other natural wonders north of this location.
Iceland is a volcanologist’s dream, given that the country sits on a large volcanic hot spot. Other noteworthy volcanoes include the intriguing sounding Katla, Hekla and Askja.
Children will love the tropical weather plus the stunning natural wonders the Philippines has to offer. There are over 30 volcanoes in the country, many of them active.
However, don’t let this put you off, as once you set eyes upon them, you won’t be disappointed. Take the picturesque Mayon Volcano and Taal Volcano.
Both are surrounded by a lush green, tropical terrain, or bluer than blue lakes that will leave you breathless.
If that’s not enough, the country’s many unspoiled beaches and clean waters are sure to be a double delight to lifting the senses.
The Central American country of Nicaragua has over 10 volcanoes around its photogenic terrain, the most famous being Masaya Volcano.
The volcano is located 20km south of the country’s capital, Managua, and is Nicaragua’s first and largest national park.
The park has an area of 54km2 and includes 2 volcanoes and 5 craters. Visitors to the park can also see an underground tunnel that has been formed by lava flows.
Another impressive sight in the country is Mombacho Volcano, near the Spanish colonial city of Granada. It’s unsurprisingly become a popular tourist attraction, given its mesmerising views over Lake Nicaragua and Granada below.
Mombacho even has its own hiking trails, one that circles the main crater, and another more complex trail that requires a guide.
A post on volcanic destinations wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the seemingly always active, Mount Etna.
This stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily erupted in February 2017, meaning it’s more than safe to say it’s active! However, once dormant, Etna is a glorious focal point of the island, and one that continues to attract visitors year after year.
Italy is also home to Mount Vesuvius, another active volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania.
Vesuvius is responsible for some of the continent’s largest volcanic eruptions, most notably the one in Pompeii, which destroyed the Roman city. However, despite its infamous history, the volcano is still a wonder of beauty — just as long as it remains dormant!
Democratic Republic of the Congo
If you’re looking for a park with volcanoes, gorillas and spectacular scenery, you’ve come to the right place at the Virunga National Park. The Democratic Republic of the Congo may not seem like the likeliest of holiday destinations, but that is all changing.
Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano that is home to the world’s largest lava lake. A large variety of animals live in the volcano’s forested slopes including chimpanzees and monkeys, meaning a good chance of seeing them in their natural habitat.
If desired, it’s possible to trek to the summit of Nyiragongo, but you’ll need to check with the park whether it’s suitable for all ages.
Virunga National Park also includes the magnificent Tchegera Island Camp, where guests can stay and take in the sights of 4 volcanoes, plus the views of the serene Lake Kivu. Check the website for the most up-to-date information and ticket prices.