You probably remember geeking out while learning about molten hot lava in elementary or middle school, and may even have created your own DIY erupting “volcano” as a science project using food coloring, vinegar and baking soda in the backyard. But have you ever considered what it would be like to visit an active volcano in real life? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
All over the world, active volcanoes are doubling as travelers’ playgrounds. Believe it or not, you can ski, hike, climb, Jeep and take in some amazing views from a helicopter or small plane at many active volcanoes. All told, there are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes around the world, including more than 150 in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (though you can’t necessarily visit all of them).
Despite the fact that they’re active volcanoes, many are completely safe to visit, though you should always be aware of the risks associated with visiting a living, breathing volcano, which is essentially a vent for the hot gases and rocks located deep inside the Earth. Though accidents don’t happen often, they do sometimes happen, since Mother Nature is unpredictable — and, of course, crazy powerful. Many of these volcanoes are located inside national parks, which means you can check the park’s website for safety and status updates before you plan your visit.
Looking for some new adventure travel destinations? Look no further than these 15 active volcanoes around the world that are worth a trip.