Last update: 4 February 2022
First published: 20 February 2017
This post was originally published as NaturePic Challenge: a series of pictures of epic nature. These inspiring places will definitely trigger a natural high. 😉
After the Remote Islands series, I was asked to participate in another NaturePic challenge. Along the lines of ‘Ode to the mountains’, my story about Mount Taranaki In New Zealand, this theme is another favourite of mine: Mountains & Volcanoes ! Some being both simultaneously.
As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by mountains. Especially those of the fire-spewing kind. The awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of them. The mysterious lure of hidden valleys and adventurous trails beyond. Wandering around them, you just never lose your sense of wonder.
And there’s nothing quite like having a Wilderness Coffee with a view…
Wilderness Coffee @ The Hazards with a view to Wineglass Bay, Tasmania.
Seven epic mountains and volcanoes
Have a look at the overview below for 7 spectacular mountains and volcanoes around the world. All of these have hiking trails and walking routes circling around the summit area; some more challenging than others.
If you want to find out more and see how to get there, you can click on the link in the title. The stories are all updated on a regular basis. So you’ll often find extra information and new practical stuff, or fancy decorations like the handy interactive map at the bottom of this post.
Be sure to check back in, and enjoy reading & exploring! 🙂
Mount Titlis – Alpine meadows & beautiful mountain views
Switzerland is a true mountain paradise with numerous walking tracks. From Engelberg you can take a cable car to the top of Mount Titlis, the highest mountain in the region. It’s worth walking part of the way up (or down), and meander along flowery alpine meadows with breathtaking mountain views all around.
Haleakala – The House of the Rising Sun
Haleakala is the House of the Rising Sun – literally. The sunrises are of such an epic magnitude that they draw people to get up at ridiculous o’ clock to drive up its endless hairpin roads to the top, in order to gawk over the ethereal beauty of its caldera when the sun slowly lights up and paints it in otherworldly colours. You can hike all the way to Halemau’u on the other side of this vast caldera, and explore countless craters and cinder cones.
Pico del Teide – A volcanic playground
Pico del Teide on Tenerife is the biggest mountain of Spain. Surrounded by a huge caldera, its peak rises up an astonishing 3718 metres into thin air. Its flanks are a volcanic playground, with a multitude of colourful cones and bizarre cathedral-like formations, and winding roads along titled layers of rock. You can go all the way to the top of Pico del Teide by cable car and enjoy amazing views over the Canary Islands.
The Hazards – Scrambling up to prehistorical views
At just over 450 metres, Mount Amos isn’t really that high, but its inclination gets rather steep & challenging. You’ll have to scramble your way up (and down again!) over huge granite boulders to reach the top of this peak in The Hazards mountain range. Once you’ve braved the hardcore scrambling bit, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania.
Mount Etna – Vigorously steaming from all its craters
Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, and it’s in a constant state of excitement. There’s always something going on around the slopes of Etna. Often it’s just quietly steaming away, and you can do many beautiful hikes in the summit area. But when it erupts it can cough up large rivers of lava, fissure fountains, strombolian fireworks, fuming ash clouds and everything inbetween from its various craters.
Tongariro – The track across Middle Earth
Nhauruhoe featured as the terrifying Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies. It’s one of the many cones of the vast Tongariro complex. You can explore Nhauruhoe and its surrounding area on the Tongariro Crossing, a beautiful walking track along 20 kilometres of steaming and colourful volcanic terrain from Mangatepopo to Ketetahi in New Zealand.
Eyjafjallajökull – The one that rules them all
Eyjafjallajökull, the unpronounceable one, silently looming in the background. Nobody knew its name, or could even pronounce it. Until that day in April 2010, when it literally erupted into world fame, and stopped the whole of Europe in their tracks. Eyjafjallajökull rules them all. This beautiful volcano is surrounded by hiking tracks in Thórsmörk around the back and Fimmvörðuháls over the top.
Iceland eruption 2021 🌋
The latest epic volcano erupted to the scene in Iceland on 19 March 2021. It mesmerized people around the world with rows of craters and scenic lava flows, and even turned into a spectacular lava geyser for a while. Here you can read all about the Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Where are all these mountains and volcanoes?
Explore this handy interactive map and find the locations of these beautiful mountains and volcanoes. You can also click on the icons, and zoom in for more details of the peak itself.
(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High
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