Seismic activity and underground lava flows intensified on the Reykjanes peninsula near the capital Reykjavik, Iceland over the weekend. This has sparked fears that the Fagradalsfjall volcano in the southwest of the country could erupt. Scientists have said that an eruption at some point is likely. About 4,000 people were evacuated from Grindavik over the weekend and authorities have dispatched bulldozers to dig trenches to minimise damage caused in case of eventual eruption.
The fear factor aside, certain active volcanoes are popular tourist attractions. Here are a few that could give you the adrenaline rush.
Kamchatka, Russia: The Kamchatka peninsular in far east Russia is not only scenic but is also home to the volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peninsular is also home to several lakes, rivers, geysers and glaciers. The rivers are great for rafting and fishing.
Mount Teide, Spain: This active volcano on the Tenerife island, is also the highest peak in Spain. Tenerife is also a great place to put your feet up– walks along the beach and dolphin watching are a few of the activities you can do on the island. One could also walk a trail in the lush forests.
Cotopaxi, Ecuador: Cotopaxi is the world’s highest active volcano. You could also visit the explore the Cotopaxi National Park. The volcano last erupted in January 2016. Biking and hiking are two activities you could do at Cotopaxi
Etna, Italy: Etna is located on the east coast of Sicily and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Besides Etna, tourist attractions in Sicily include archaeological sites like the Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples. Another attraction is the varied flavours one can try like dessert cannolis, salted ricotta cheese and seafood. Then there are luxurious beaches with golden sands and turquoise waters.
Taal Volcano, Philippines: This one is the second-most active volcano in the world. Besides this, the Philippines has beautiful beaches you can visit. It is also home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites and home to one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.