You might have read in news or elsewhere about the growing interest among global adventure enthusiasts and travelers in volcano tourism, centered mainly on exploring the mystic terrains of Iceland. The back and craggy volcanic fields smeared with grey ash, and streams of molten lava at a distance, together form a unique vistas with a captivating frame. Visitors generally remain in awe in discovering the untapped ‘dangerous’ beauty of Mother Nature. Now, the big question is – are there serious risks associated to volcano tourism? What are the important factors a traveler should take into account? The blog tries to throw light on these questions.
The recent eruption in Iceland
Geldingadalur Valley recently witnessed a volcanic eruption, in March this year. Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted almost after 800 years. The reputable travel agency, Discover, leaves no stones unturned in arranging affordable Private Tours in Iceland that also included customized visits to lava fields. There is an inexplicably magnetic charm in listening to the hissing of volcanic steam and crackling stones when lava meanders through the mountainous surface. The tours arranged by Discover comply with all kinds of safety norms. Nevertheless, as a responsible tourist, you have to remain cautious and abide by the local regulations even without being guided.
A new creed of passionate ‘Lava Chasers’
‘Lava Chasers’ is simply the name given to a new group of over-enthusiastic tourist who reach near the vicinity of a volcanic eruption, revel in the phenomenon of flowing lava, click photographs and share on social media platforms. The past decade has witnessed a remarkable spike in the number of Lava Chasers across the globe, including tourists participating in customized Private Tour Iceland packages.
An adventure in which people revel
You could travel by a boat on water-body by the side of the volcanic mountain or even walk straight to the fields, depending on the nature of location and status of the eruption. There are some tourists who hire helicopters to experience a top-view.
The damages that could occur
The volcanic smoke is mainly composed of sulfur dioxide that can cause severe damages to your lungs. In fact, a story from the other part of the world, New Zealand, says that many tourists died or were hospitalized due to sudden eruption of Whakaari Volcano. Hence, there are severe risks at times, and you need to be well-informed to tackle those.
Targeting the suitable eruptions
A bit of research can make the experience a lot safer and enjoyable. Research centers and scientists continuously observe and study volcanoes. The ones in Iceland are less explosive in nature compared to other volcanoes in rest of the world. Usually, a concerned travel agency like Discover that conducts extensive volcano tourism has ample data about the site, and implements all the requisite safety measures. Choosing the appropriate site and distance would not be an issue for you.
Are you ready?
If you are mentally prepared for volcano tourism in Iceland, then book your travel packages and feel the additional rush of adrenaline. Happy traveling!