Last update: 14 December 2019
NaturePic Challenge is a series of pictures of epic nature, to highlight some places that will induce a natural high 😉 After the Remote Islands series, I was asked to participate in another NaturePic challenge. Along the lines of my recent story about Mount Taranaki In New Zealand, ‘Ode to the mountains’, the theme of this series is another favourite of mine: Mountains & Volcanoes! Some being both simultaneously.
As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by mountains. Especially 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 (and see how to get there). All of these have hiking trails and walking routes circling around the summit area; some more challenging than others. Click on the link in the title to find out more. The stories are all updated on a regular basis. 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.
Pico del Teide – A volcanic playground
Pico del Teide on Tenerife is the biggest mountain of Spain. Surrounded by a huge caldera, its peak juts 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.
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’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania.
Etna – Vigorously steaming from all its craters
Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, and it’s in a constant state of excitement. Often it’s just quietly steaming away, 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 see Nhauruhoe 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.
(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High
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