Most active Volcanos in Europe

What are the most active Volcanos in Europe? Oh man, now finally we are talking. I, Anuradha Bernard a big fan of Volcanos, Geography and Geology. I scored the most in geography when I was in school again and again.

Europe cannot be included in the most seismically active zones in the World. But there are some active volcanos in Europe that may run shows occasionally. There are some solid important historical events in Europe that are connected with volcanic eruptions. One incident is the burying Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompei in 79 A.D by volcanic ashes and lava of Mount Vesuvius. This major breakthrough resulted in mummifying the entire city to freeze in time.

There are lots of people who wish to visit Volcanos and Japan and Indonesia are among the most popular destinations for this. However, I could find a few European destinations that offer Active Volcanic scenes. Let’s see 5 most active Volcanos in European Region.

An unforgettable view of Mount Vesuvius from the lost city of Pompeii. Photo by D Jonez on Unsplash

1) Mount Etna

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Mount Etna is one of the most popular active volcanos in Europe. I remember Etna as there was a chocolate brand that carried a similar name. Probably they tried to replicate the brand vibe of Toblerone by putting a mountain behind the brand. Etna has located its own kingdom. It is located on Sicily island just south of Europe’s boot Italy. It is erupting for thousands of years and it is one of the most active volcanos in the World. Nearly 3 million visitors have come to see the buffer area of the volcano, 1.3 million to see the craters and over 255,000 people stay overnight in the last peak year 2010. Despite the risk that we take, volcanos are magnificent at night with their red-yellowish fireworks.

When Etna got mad.

World-famous Norwegian blogger “Harald Baldr” visited Mount Etna on one of his Italian tours and it was adventurous. He encountered some danger as well. I will attach his video at the very bottom of this article to enjoy.

2) Stromboli

Stromboli Volcano, Italy. Photo by

Stromboli is one of the active volcanos in Italy. This is located on an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea which is directly facing the northwest coast of Southern Italy. This volcano is active for the last 2000 or more. It is not popular as Etna or Vesuvius and yet sits next to the Italian mainland. It says some 200,000 tourists visit this Volcano and say hello to 500 residents who live just below one of the most active Volcanos in the World.

3) Vesuvius

Vesuvius Volcano, Naples, Italy. Photo by

Vesuvius is one of the most active and popular Volcanos on Planet Earth. It is well known for the last 2000 years as its deadly major eruption in 79 AD that ate Pompeii city alive. Vesuvius is very close to the World Famous Naples port. So it is a well-known volcano in the Modern World as well as the ancient World. There were some movies and documentaries that subjected this volcano and lots of books were written about the volcano. In 2017, Pompei City received a whopping 3.5 million tourists and Vesuvius Mountain and its surroundings receive an extremely high volume of tourists. If you plan to visit Southern Italy, Pompei is one of its kind experience that any human being can experience. You will literary walk through an untouched unchanged well preserved Roman city that was frozen in time 79 years after the birth of Christ.

16,000 people paid the price of this experience in their own lives. So do not forget to pray and remember them when you walk through Pompei city.

4) Teide

Teide Volcano is located in Spain. Technically it is in Spain but in the canary islands. The canary islands are not a European kind of location it is a sub-tropical islands just next to Africa. It is active and worthy to visit as its academic and scenic value. As it isn’t that cold even in Winter, maybe a quick winter trip would be a great experience for Europeans or North Americans.

5) Helka

Helka is the most active volcano in Iceland. Iceland is well known for its terrain which is shaped by volcanoes and seismic activities. Also, its unique nature and atmosphere that often claim to look like Mars. The whole mountain ridge of Helka is about 40 Km long. Iceland is well known as they are using geothermal energy from seismic activities of the Island. So, Helka and the Icelandic culture have a deep connection which may catastrophe if Helka decides to wake up on a massive scale.

Iceland and its volcanic atmosphere were filmed by World famous vlogger “Nas Daily” and World famous news vlogger “Jonny Harris”. If you are really interested to see these things, I highly recommended seeing those channels for Iceland videos.

Volcano Adventure by Willard Price (1956) is one of the best books that I have ever read about Volcanos. And there are some other writers like Jules Verne who also wrote some interesting books about geological fiction.

Harald Baldr’s official youtube channel

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