Indonesia is situated on top of the tumultuous Eurasian and Pacific fault line, right in the heart of the ring of fire. With over 400 volcanoes varying in seismic activity and personality, it’s understandable why Indonesia is one of the top destinations to see and research volcanic activity at its most terrifying. If you are looking for a high octane, adrenaline filled, sulphuric world travel adventure, then look no further. Indonesia recognises it’s potential as a volcanic tourist destination and makes even the most remote volcanoes accessible. All you need to do is find a trustworthy local guide, stock up on your adrenalin and pack your hiking shoes.
Accessibility: How easy to reach with transport.
Difficulty: How much physical effort you need to put in to get to the crater.
Adrenaline: Scale from pulse raising to terrifying
Beauty: How pretty it is
Difficulty rating: 1/5.
This is Indonesia’s picture postcard premier attraction, it is so easily accessible that you’ll be in a queue to reach the sunrise spot. But don’t let that prevent you from paying a visit to one of the worlds most stunning sunrise lookouts and a daunting walk along the rim of an active volcano, made easily accessible by a small staircase.
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Boasting the worlds largest blue fire, most scariest work site and a mesmerising aqua crater lake it is no wonder that this eastern Javanese, emerald coloured site is drawing more and more crowds every year. A steep three hour climb, an early start (expect to be hiking by 3am) and a steep decent will get you front row seats to watch blue flames erupting from the crater. Be prepared for clouds of sulphurous fumes as you wait patiently for sunrise, we strongly recommend bringing something to cover your face.
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Its a three hour rickety boat ride from Sumatra’s south western shores, a journey which will get your heart pounding even in peaceful weather. Since its infamous explosion Krakatoa exploded itself into a medley of mini volcanic islands erupting from the shores, climbing to the top of one of these is tough work in hot weather but the views are sublime.
Isolated and daunting, a trip to Dukono is terrifying and exhilarating, in that order. A two day adventure awaits anyone who dares to take a guided tour to Dukono’s crater. One day biking and hiking towards the midpoint along skinny dirt trails and a night camping on its lava field plateau. On the second day you’ll be waking up well before dawn to climb to the summit of a roaring volcano as the ground rumbles beneath your feet. The whole point is for you to be able to stare directly into a lava melting pot the size of a football stadium. Oh, and if like us your guide yells “danger!” Then please run.
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At the time of writing access to Merapi’s crater was forbidden however groups can ascend the volcanic slopes onto the ash fields of this magnificent crater and walk within the lava tunnels created from its last blast. Our high adrenaline rating comes from standing within the danger zone of the worlds most active volcano and the fact that Merapi looms ominously above your head in all her glory the whole time.
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Despite its recent 2015 eruption Rinjani remains to be one of Indonesia’s best workouts. hat is many down to the fact that you are required to climb upwards while slipping downwards on its soft ashy flanks for hours. The reward for the climb is an extraordinary and picturesque view (if the weather allows it (and it usually does in the early morning) of an enclosed lakeside volcano.