Why go on volcano tours?
There are more than 600 active volcanoes on the surface of the Earth. The number of active underwater volcanoes is difficult to estimate, but we can be sure it's much higher. A few dozens of active volcanoes can be safely visited and explored by 'regular tourists', giving them opportunity to witness breathtaking spectacles such as fire fountains, lava flows, clouds of steam or erupting geysers.
Adventure travel, eco- or nature- tours have become increasingly popular in recent years. Volcano tours, either organized by tour companies or individually, form a growing part of that trend. They are perfectly suitable for those adventurous travelers who want to enjoy the thrills delivered by our Earth itself. A trip to a volcano is not only exciting and adventurous, but similar to most nature tours, also an educational experience (that is, of course, if done safely...). Such a trip gives a chance to see geological processes that have been shaping Earth's surface for millions of years, learn about the effects of those changes on the landscape, ecosystems, wildlife, local communities, their culture, history or economy.
Growing tourism infrastructure in many 'volcano rich' countries provides for better transportation and lodging choices for the travelers. Many of the volcanoes are also situated in areas that offer many other attractions and great sightseeing opportunities which means that a volcano tour can easily be a part of great, memorable holidays, not necessarily a tiring expedition. Well known examples of such places are Hawaii, Costa Rica, Italy or Greece - one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
- Volcano World - a website housed in the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University. Contains current eruption reports, facts about volcanoes in the world, news and articles and educational materials related to volcanism.
- Global Volcanism Program - site of the Smithsonian Institution containing current and archived volcano activity reports, database of volcanoes, volcanology - related links.
- U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program - includes information about U.S. volcanoes and current activity alerts, numerous general interest publications, images and maps, links to webcams of U.S. volcanoes.
- The Electronic Volcano - site maintained by the Dartmouth College, includes information and resources about active volcanoes, guides on volcanology and links to other resources.
- Volcano Discovery - organizes volcano tours and expeditions to many destinations around the world.
- Volcanoes - by Robert I Tilling
- This Dynamic Earth - by W.Jacquelyne Kious and Robert I Tilling
- Volcanoes of the United States - by Steven R. Brantley