Volcano Tours Increase of popularity
Increasing number of people visit volcanic sites around the world every year. Tours to active volcanoes in Italy, Greece, Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Vanuatu and Guatemala are more and more popular. Volcanic mountains and volcanic islands are amongst some of the most beautiful places on Earth and for some that’s the main and simple reason for visit. Mt Fuji is Japan is renowned for its beauty. There are several other volcanoes which have an even more beautiful shape such as Kronotsky volcano in Kamchatka and Mayon volcano in Philippines – one of the most spectacular in its shape.
Million of people, adventure seekers and explorers, describe the volcanic sites as the most beautiful on the world that offers powerful experience of destruction and creation. For most volcano eruption is the most awe inspiring display of nature and visitors describe experience as the most outstanding travel experience and holiday of entire life.
But, there is safety issue in increasing geoturism popularity today. Different countries handles safety differently and there is no international organization that follows up safety on global level with statistics information. Tourist injuries and deaths at volcanoes are on the increase and driven by the rise in popularity. The second reason is unpredictable conditions and missing of appropriate safety instructions and guidelines. Climbing an active volcano is one of extreme activities that appeals to millions of people every year. Sometimes people often intent on getting as close to it as they can and want to almost touch the lava, unaware of potential risk. Lava produces toxic gases, such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and hydrofluoric acid. When lava interacts with seawater for example in Hawaii Big Island, a variety of other toxic gases are produced, including hydrochloric acid, which is highly corrosive.
Some of the most attractive volcanoes for visiting are: Mauna Loa in Hawaii is one of the Earth’s most active volcanoes, with 33 well-documented eruptions in historic times since 1843. Volcan Pacaya is the most-visited volcano in all of Central America – and for a good reason-this hot spot has been erupting continuously since 1965. The typical tour is about six hours and brings you up close and personal with the volcano. Indonesia boasts more volcanoes than anywhere else in the world and there is many of tours to the visit Krakatoa, Merapi, Bromo, Semeru, Ijen and other volcanoes on Java and other islands. Ol Doinyo Lengai is one of the most unique volcanoes and this experience can be combining with safari, adventurous treks across volcanic highlands and a relaxing holiday on the paradise beaches of Zanzibar.
The tour titled ‘Inside the Volcano’, gives visitors the opportunity to see what a volcano Thrihnukagigur in Iceland looks like from the inside of its magma chamber.
There is no doubt, volcanoes sites will attract more visitors in the next years. This is the growing part of travel industry which should be follow with increasing safety activities of volcanoes home countries while the all Tour operators should be obligated to provide appropriate safety information to inexperience travelers.