In Iceland, a volcano erupted on Thursday for the second time this year, spewing lava up to 80 metres into the air. It's the sixth outbreak on the southwestern Reykjanes peninsula of the country since 2021. Live video from the area showed fountains of bright-orange molten rock spewing from fissures in the ground, in sharp contrast to the still-dark night sky.
The previous eruption in the area started on January 14 and lasted roughly two days, with lava flows reaching the outskirts of the Grindavik fishing town. Iceland boasts more than 30 active volcanoes, making the north European island a prime destination for volcano tourism - a niche segment that attracts thousands of thrill seekers. But, isn't it dangerous? Why do people love it?
Witness the raw power of nature
Volcano tourism enthusiasts love to check out active or dormant volcanoes for educational, recreational, historical, or scientific purposes. They travel to areas with volcanic activity to observe the peculiar landscapes, geological features, and eruptions. It is increasingly popular among adventure seekers, as it offers a unique opportunity to witness the raw power of nature. Guided tours or self-guided hikes to volcanoes allow visitors to experience their terrain, enjoy panoramic views of the region, and, if lucky, enjoy the glowing, flowing lava from a safe distance.
There are also some thrilling, yet risky, adventurous activities that tourists love in this region. Volcano boarding, helicopter tours over volcanic landscapes, checking out geothermal hot springs that get heated by volcanic activity, exploring lava tubes and caves, zip-lining over volcanic landscapes, mountain biking along volcanic trails and rock climbing on volcanic cliffs are some of the activities offered to adventure seekers who are looking for some unforgettable experiences.
(With inputs from Reuters)