another trip last week led us to the island of Ambrym.
The inhabitants of all other islands are a bit afraid of the people of Ambrym, because they are considered as magicians with some extraordinary skills. I think this reputation is simply based on the unreal living environment of these people…
The complete island of Ambrym is considered as one large shield volcano, with its two summits Mount Benbow (1159 m) and Mount Marum (1270 m). And a third nameless volcano currently is evolving in the shadow of these two giants.
Benbow and Marum are active volcanoes which continuously create massive sulphure- and ash cloudes. Only 40 days a year both cones are clear.
The difference compared to Mount Yasur on Tanna are height and distance. It is a hike of around 7 hours through a dramatic landscape to reach the rim of the caldera. And it is a lonesome area, in most of the cases you’ll find yourself completely alone on the rim of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Some crazy adventurers abseil down from the caldera edge to the lava lake, because it is an unbelievable experience – and nobody hinders them (imagine you would try to do something similar in Europe or the US: unthinkable – authorities would imprison you 😉
We decided not to hike these volcanoes, but to do an airy ride around and across the volcanoes. With a small plane, and without the second door for an undisguised view to take pictures 😉 We started our flight from Ulei airfield, South East Ambrym. The variety of the landscape is really amazing. From the rainforest area, through valleys of green coated dark volcanic rocks, up to the iron red lava cliffs and finally the dark black caldera area, surrounded by sulphur and ash clouds… A great experience and simply mystical because you think you are rather on moon or mars than on earth.
And here some more cool impressions of Ambrym….
See you soon again!
With pyroclastical regards,
Eltje & Pietro