Lava: the most dangerous rock known to man. Yet it fascinates us so much we even base household lamps on it. These feeble lights are no match for the real thing though, so here are our top spots for those wanting to check out the hot stuff (as pictured by paul bica) live.






Stromboli, Italy

This Aeolian island is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with a name that literally means “small explosion”.

It has almost constant minor eruptions that dazzle onlookers, although full lava flows only appear every few years.





Kilauea, Hawaii

Every so often this active volcano will spew spectacular waterfalls of lava into the surrounding ocean.

Even if you don’t manage to see lava during your visit, the island’s gorgeous landscape will mesmerise you either way.






Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Technically this shouldn’t be on our list because lava has not truly been sighted here – but bear with us because it is the world’s only drive-in volcano.

There is apparently nowhere else on Earth that offers such amusing comforts while viewing the bubbles of sulphur springs and the hiss of steam.

You can also enjoy a mud spa when you disembark to stretch your legs.


Check out this incredible video. A team of photographers documented the eruption of four active volcanoes within 110 miles of each other on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in late 2012:



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Adam ZulawskiAdam is a freelance writer and Polish-to-English translator. He blogs passionately about travel for Cheapflights and runs Download his free e-book about Poland's capital after it was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis: 'In the Shadow of the Mechanised Apocalypse: Warsaw 1946'

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