I’ve been to a couple of volcanoes but that’s not enough. Here I’ve listed the ones I visited and want to visit. My volcano-related-travel-urge has grown since I discovered a few “volcanic wines” and learnt more about the terroir.
Haleakalā is located on the island of Maui and reaches 3,055 m above the sea. It’s the largest dormant volcano in the world. The drive up is steep and occasionally daunting but it was super awesome to drive through and above the clouds. Elevation: 3,055 m Last eruption: Sometime between 1480 and 1600 according to scientific records.
Haleakalā, Hawaii 96790, USA
So stunned by this place, standing in the lava fields was very otherworldly. They stretch so far and wide that you in some places can be surrounded by a barren yet beautiful lava wasteland, then it disappears into the sea. From the visitor center you can see the glowing and very much active Kilauea. This was in 2013 so not sure how it is now. Last eruption: May 3, 2018 (Kilauea)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718, USA
Visited Hawai’i in 2013 and this was the first active volcano that I saw. It was very fascinating to view the glowing bubbling lava on such a close distance. Elevation: 1,247 m Last eruption: 2018
Kīlauea, Hawaii 96778, USA
Visited Jeju a couple of times but never went up on Hallasan. Next time! However, the volcano is the base of the island and water filtered through the volcanic rock makes for the best soju. Hallasan Soju is my favorite, even though it’s stronger than most other it’s incredibly smooth. Of course it’s not only due to the water. For more info about regional soju from Korea check the link below. In addition, Jeju onions are really sweet. I once tried to eat a onion Jeju 🧅 like an apple, directly from the field. Really tasty. No kidding. Last eruption: 1007 https://thesmartlocal.com/korea/soju-brands-korea/amp/
Hallasan, Ara-dong, Jeju-si, South Korea
One of my favorite wines originates from Etna. Tornatore Etna Rosso. It's a light yet complex red with notes of red fruit and smoke. The grapes are Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucino, a first for me. However, I think it’s fantastic, and it inspired me to learn and taste more wines made on a volcanic terroir. One day I’ll visit the winery. Check out the Tornatore website below if you’re curious. Last eruption: Ongoing https://tornatorewine.com/?lang=en
Mt Etna, 95031 Adrano, Province of Catania, Italy
A friend told me about this volcano. It seems straight out otherworldly and amazing! Due to its rich sulfur content the electric-blue fires can be seen at night. Apparently the entire area smells a bit of rotten eggs. Don’t care. Let me go! Last eruption: 1999
East Java, Indonesia
Fuji-san, such a picturesque volcano! I’ve only seen it from the airplane window going to Tokyo, still very spectacular from that range. I imagine sitting in a hot spring with an ice cold Kirin on hand and just taking in its presence. Mmm... 🍺 Last eruption: 1707
Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan