See Volcanoes In Indonesia: Mount Bromo And Ijen Crater

Indonesia is in an area of ​​great volcanic activity. The Ijen and the Bromo are two of its most beautiful volcanoes. Both are active.
See volcanoes in Indonesia: Mount Bromo and Ijen crater

Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater are two of the most prominent volcanoes in Indonesia. Although in this country there are some more, since it is located in one of the areas of the Earth with the highest seismic and volcanic activity: the Pacific Ring of Fire. We give you all the information you need to visit them and not lose any detail of their unique beauty.

Mount Bromo characteristics and information

View of Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo – Lenka Sediva / Flickr.com

It is one of the best known and most active volcanoes in Indonesia. In the last 250 years it has experienced more than 50 eruptions. It rises about 2329 meters and is part of the Tengger massif and, therefore, of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which covers an area of ​​500 km².

In addition to walking through that plain, if we want to obtain unbeatable views of this natural wonder, we must do it at sunrise. With the sunrise the image of Mount Bromo is truly fantasy.

But before enjoying everything we have discussed, it is important to take into account a series of tips. You should  bring warm clothing and check on the website of the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Disaster Risk Assessment if Mount Bromo can be visited on the dates we are going to travel.

On the other hand, in the park you can see another volcano: the Semeru. It is the highest mountain on the island of Java, with its 3,676 meters above sea level and, like Mount Bromo, it is one of the most active volcanoes: since 1818 it has erupted 55 times.

All about the Ijen crater

View of the Ijen crater
Ijén crater – junaidrao / Flickr.com

He also remains active and is known as Kawah Ijen. It is 2386 meters high and is part of the Ijen volcanic complex. It is located inside a large caldera 20 kilometers in diameter.

Its great peculiarity is the huge accumulation of sulfur that it houses. This, which remains in combustion, gives off spectacular blue flames only visible at night.

As a curiosity, the Ijen crater is one of the few places in the world where a mining activity is carried out totally free of mechanization. And it is that the miners work carrying blocks of sulfur larger than themselves. Therefore, and unfortunately, their working conditions are not the most appropriate.

How to get to Mount Bromo and Ijen crater

Mount Bromo crater
Mount Bromo crater

The most common way to get to Mount Bromo is through the town of Cemoro Lawang due to its proximity. From it you have to walk for about 45 minutes to reach the volcano. You can also rent a vehicle with a driver, who will stop at the viewpoint of Mount Penanjakan.

If we prefer to hire a tour , there are excursions lasting about twelve hours. They watch the sunrise over Mount Bromo, explore its crater and the “Sea of ​​Sand” and travel the hills of Savannah in a 4 × 4. Its cost is around 40 euros and includes the round trip transfer from the city of Malang.

Regarding the Ijen crater, and if we are in Bali, we must head to Ubung. There you have to take a bus to go to Gilimanuk, where you take the ferry to Java. The one-hour journey costs 6,000 rupees (40 cents). On the trip you can enjoy the deepest and most authentic Indonesia.

We have already seen how to get to one place and another, but the ideal is to know both. For this, there is a tour that takes the route of the volcanoes of Java . A highly recommended excursion that will take us through some of the spectacular landscapes of the Asian country.

The excursion lasts two days and has a price of 120 euros, approximately. In it we can visit Mount Bromo first, then the Ijen crater, and after that, the tour will continue through Malang, Surabaya and Ketapang to return to the pier from which we will return to Bali.

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