Indonesia – one of the few countries in the world that lie along the “Ring of Fire” – is home to some of the world's most stunning volcanoes. Whether you live and work in Indonesia or just visiting, this provides an abundance of places to go hiking during their holidays, on a weekend getaway or even during a one-day adventure. These are the 5 volcanoes that you should put on your must-hike lists!
Located on Lombok island, West of Bali, this mountain's crater is filled with clean blue water and is surrounded by vibrant green trees where Hindu religious activities are occasionally done. Mount Rinjani also provides some great variation for those diving and beach enthusiasts who haven't already experienced enough exploring Lombok's beautiful coastal lines.
An East Java must-see, the Ijen volcano complex is renowned for the blue fire crater on its mountain of fire (“Gunung Merapi”) where mesmerizing blue flames that reach up to 5 meters high can be seen. Located west of the mountain of fire stands the Ijen volcano with its 1-kilometer-wide crater lake which is one of the largest acidic crater lakes in the world and holds magnificent turquoise-coloured water that is best viewed in person.
East of Lombok, Mount Tambora is the place of the largest eruption recorded in history, affecting nations across the Northern Hemisphere and causing what was known as the “year without a summer” in 1816. In Europe and Great Britain widespread crop failure and famine, In Switzerland the dark year influenced Gothic art that still entertains us today and the chillingly cold weather killed water buffalo.
Another East Java must-see, Mount Bromo provides an easier hiking alternative to the the Ijen volcano complex. The name Bromo comes from the Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god and is one of the most visited attractions in East Java where tourists can make their way to the summit on horse or on foot.
A volcanic island situated between Java and Sumatra that has been under a lot of biological research since its 1883 eruption. 4 cataclysmic explosions that were heard as far away as Australia almost destroyed the island entirely. Like the Mount Tambora eruption, weather patterns across the globe were affected by the event for many years to come.