You might wonder why on earth anybody would want to live even remotely within the vicinity of a volcano. Sure there are good views, but hello? Lava? But even the most active volcanoes, such as Hawaii’s Kīlauea, are actually safe to visit. Many people even choose to live in the areas surrounding active volcanoes, and they have good reasons for doing so.
For one, the land that surrounds active volcanoes is very rich in minerals, thanks to the magma that rises from underground. Elements like silver, copper and gold (cha-ching) can all be found in volcanic rock. All those good minerals also make the earth around that area really fertile, which means good farming, which creates a good industry for the region.
Of course, volcanic regions are also major tourist attractions. Whilst those of us from places like London and New York may not always feel so tourist-friendly when we’re at home, it’s great for areas that otherwise wouldn’t have a wide range of jobs available, and it brings lots of money in.
So whilst we’re on that topic, let us tell you about some of the world’s most popular volcanoes, and why you should visit them!
Mount Etna- Sicily
At 10,922 ft (3329 m) high, Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe. Along with the nearby Mount Vesuvius (which is two and a half times smaller), it was designated a ‘Decade Volcano’ by the United Nations. As one of the main sources as income for Sicily thanks to agriculture and tourism (see, we said so!), over 25% of the island’s population lives around the slopes of Etna.
With an average of one eruption every 3.95 years, Kīlauea is the most active of the five volcanoes of Hawaii, and one of the most visited. If that sounds like a lot, consider the fact that its current eruption has been continuous since 1983!
Montañas del Fuego – Lanzarote
Situated in Timanfaya National Park, the Montañas del Fuego or ‘Fire Mountains’ are Lanzarote’s most popular tourist attraction. If you can, check out the park’s El Diablo restaurant, which uses geothermal heat for barbecuing!
We all know Kilimanjaro for its climbing experience, but this mountain, which is the highest in Africa, is also made up of three volcanic cones. Though they have been dormant for thousands of years, magma still flows just a few hundred metres below the summit.
Batur – Bali
Located in Bali’s Kintamani region, Mount Batur is a sacred mountain according to Hindu belief. 5633 ft (1717 m) high, a sunrise trek up the mountain is one of the best ways to spend your time there.