Hi Guys and Girls,
have you ever dreamed of standing on the summit of a volcano. In front of a lava lake and eye to eye to continuous volcanic eruptions. But at the same time to feel “safe”, because it is a few meters to the dangerously hot ground and flying boulders?
Then you have to climb Mount Yasur, the world’s longest continuously erupting volcano – but in the same way accessible so you can hike up. Whereby continuously means that you see a firework every few minutes!
We spent 4 days on the island of Tanna this week, one of Vanuatu’s outer island, far south, the home of Mount Yasur. Luckily we found „Jungle Oasis“, a guest house that is run by locals and directly located at the bottom of this mountain. Even better that we had the chance to stay in the treehouse, because from it’s balcony we had an unrestricted view on the volcano (see title picture :-).
Hence, it was a short stroll to Yasur, we went up for sunset and again for sunrise another day, to experience the fantastic landscape at different day- and light phases. While in the evenings the volcano is dipped in blood red, intensified by the starry sky, with the rising sun the environment gets an unreal beautiful mixture of light and ashes. We simply couldn’t get enough of this landscape.
But of course there is also a bit of an uncomfortable side of the coin. If you are on the rim of the volcano and watch the firework you can be sure that every eruption is followed by an ash cloud that is likely to hit you. Which means a change to a hotter temperature and a mix of sulfur and ash that wraps you and hinders you to breathe properly and you have to close your eyes for a while. But clearly we survived it 😉
And if you listen carefully, at some point in the video you can hear the ash rain when it hits the camera.
In addition to the video above here some great first images from the edge of Yasur…
Tanna also offers a unique cultural experience: its habitants still live the lifestyle of ancient centuries. Our next blog is about the tribes of Tanna and especially the people of Yakel.
With lots of hot eruptive regards,
Eltje & Pietro