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Blue Fire In Mountain Ijen (Only 2 in the World)
Kawah Ijen is the only crater in Indonesia which has a natural phenomenon “blue fire”. In the world, there are only two places that have the Blue Fire. In addition to Indonesia, there is also a blue fire in Iceland.
Blue fire is happening because of the heat of the crater of Ijen combined with sulfur to create the effect of blue flame on the surface. This phenomenon can only be seen before sunrise.
Trekking to the summit of Mount Ijen to see blue fire began at midnight (around 1:00 dawn) of Pos Paltuding (the last post for all the Ijen crater tour to make the climb) with a long climb to the crater of Mount Ijen 1.5 to 2 hours trekking and so far 3 km.
At sunrise, tourists can see clearly Ijen crater lake. Lake formed from a volcanic eruption about 2500 years ago, has turquoise water. So beautiful. Ijen crater lake is a lake that has a high acidity, and is the largest volcanic lake in the world. With a depth of up to 200 meters and an area of more than 5000 hectares.
The best time to climb Mount Ijen is in the dry season, around May to October, when the early morning until the morning.
Stunning Ijen Volcano – East Java, Indonesia
Way to Kawah Ijen
In order to reach the famous lake, you must first climb to the top and then descend into the crater. The way from the ticket office to the top takes about 3 km, the altitude difference is 500 m. If you do not hurry up, the road is rather simple. It’s steeper at the beginning and almost flat after a cafe halfway.
Typically an entrance to the crater opens at 1am. But in case of a high activity of the volcano this time can be shifted to the morning or even prohibited for tourists. On the day when we climbed, the entrance opened about 3.45 am. This meant that we had less than an hour to arrive to the crater lake, if we want to see blue fire. We got to the top in about 45 minutes, and another 15 minutes spent on the descent. To be honest, it wasn’t easy for me to move with such speed. And, admittedly, we arrived to late. On the top of Ijen crater we saw a few flashes of blue fire, but when we descent to the lake after 5 am, it was already light. So I could make some pictures with just one blue fire flash on photo. It was too late for a super photo filled with blue light.
The road back is very beautiful. Mountain peaks of volcanic complex, a fog and clouds shrouding slopes, scorched trees and dense vegetation of forests and fields are on the way.