Kawah Ijen Volcano Uncovered: How to Experience the Magic of the Blue Flames and Sunrise

Mesmerizing blue flames, bubbling milky turquoise-coloured waters and toxic fumes are the things you will find at Kawah Ijen volcano! Mount Ijen is one of the most unique and unconventional tourist attractions in Indonesia which makes it an incredible adventure for those seeking an experience beyond lazing on the beach in Bali.

No time to read the full post, I GOT YOU! These are my top picks for Mount Ijen Tours

TOP MOUNT IJEN TOURS

MOST REVIEWED OVERNIGHT TOUR ➡️ Midnight Mount Ijen Crater tour from Bali (Best for those short on time in Bali)

MOST REVIEWED MULTIDAY VOLCANO TOUR ➡️ Active Volcanoes Tour (Bromo and Ijen) from Surabaya 3 Days and 2 Nights (Best for those looking to see both volcanos)

MOST BOOKED VOLCANO & WATERFALL TOUR ➡️ Mount Bromo, Ijen and Tumpak Sewu waterfall 4D3N tour from Surabaya ending in Bali (Best for those looking to make the most of East Java and then continue to Bali)

HIGHEST RATED VOLCANO & WATERFALL TOUR ➡️ Mount Bromo and Ijen tour with Tumpak Sewu waterfall 3D2N Tour from Surabaya

MOST BOOKED JOIN/SHARED OVERNIGHT TOUR➡️ Kawah Ijen Midnight Blue Flame Tour Package from Banyuwangi (Best for those on a budget and happy to join in a shared trip)

Apart from the fact that Kawah Ijen volcano is the largest highly acidic volcanic lake in the world, Why is Ijen so unique?

Well, it hosts one of the only places in the world to see natural blue fire flames! Ijen blue fire draws crowds of thousands at the chance to see this natural phenomenon in freezing temperatures before the crack of dawn.

Want to learn a bit more about this monumental and absolutely exquisite natural wonder in East Java? This Ijen Crater guide provides you with all the resources you need to plan and prep for this incredible adventure in Indonesia.

As always, skip to what you need to know in the Kawah Ijen Volcano hike Table of Contents, because I’m always going to start with the juicy bits, first and logistics second!

💡TRAVELIST FYI: Ijen is often referred to in a number of ways, Kawah Ijen, Kawah Ijen volcano, Ijen crater, Ijen volcano, lake Ijen, Mount Ijen, Ijen plateau – these are all referring to the same destination.

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An epic sunrise over Mount Ijen crater lake

Making your Way to and up Kawah Ijen Volcano

Beginning your ascent at around 2 am in the morning is all fine and well when you’re rested with an 8-hour sleep behind you, this was not the case for me – I was totally out of my comfort zone.

I was living in tropical Indonesia which meant the extent of my ‘winter’ clothes was a thin jacket and a pair of long exercise tights. Thank goodness I still had my beanie and gloves from the trip to Mount Bromo (we were doing the Mount Bromo Ijen crater tour – for 3 days), but I was really battling the cold and lack of sleep when we began.

Why 2 am? Well this is the time you need to leave if you want to see the blue fire Kawah Ijen has to offer!

Is the Kawah Ijen blue fire worth walking up at this ungodly hour for? Well let’s get there first and see…

The Mount Ijen hike is not really a hike in the definitive term, much rather a steep walk (similar to Mount Bromo but without the steps). The path is completely paved but it is steep and winding. I’d say hiking Ijen isn’t really hiking at all.

Myself as an average gym-goer stopped a few times to catch my breath (important to remember this is normal as the air gets thinner when climbing altitude; Mt. Ijen is 2386m above sea level), but the great thing about trekking uphill is that it gets the blood pumping and within the first 10 minutes I was warm!

I was gradually starting to pull off a few clothing layers.

Loved Mount Ijen East Java? You’ll love Mount Bromo too
📖READ:
The Amazing Mount Bromo Sunrise Hike & 7 Convincing Reasons to Visit

image of the path walking up to Kawah Ijen showing the steepness of the slope - kawah ijen volcano

🔎INTERESTING OBSERVATION: Another strange thing you’ll encounter on your journey up to crater Ijen is the secondary option of making your way up the hill. There are men with carts that you can pay to pull you up the hill (and when I say pull– I MEAN PHYSICALLY PULL). There are no motorized bikes attached to the cart or animals etc, this is a man or men who will with their own strength pull you up this hill whilst you lay comfortably in a cart.

I have perplexing views on this option. As cruel as it may seem to the average onlooker, one must understand that for these locals, this is a form of income and as labour-intensive as it is, the price tag is in line with the effort. The price of the cart pull can be anything between IDR 600 000 to 1 million (check your exchange rates with XE Currency). We did not take this option but it’s available.

At the halfway mark, there is a little pit-stop shop selling some warm drinks and snack meals. We along with our guide had a little sit down there before we continued to ascend to the blue fire Ijen promised.

Kawah Ijen Blue Fire Viewing

image showing the kawah ijen crater blue fire flames in the darkness - kawah ijen volcano

Once you reach the summit point of Kawah Ijen volcano, approximately 2386m above sea level, before sunrise you may get the chance to see the Ijen blue flames.

The reason why I say may have the chance to see, is because it’s not consistently there, it depends on the gases that day.

On our trip, we were able to see some small electric blue flames, which was VERY COOL, but there have been reports of people seeing flames a couple of metres high which would really be quite incredible to see.

Despite only seeing the small flames at Kawah Ijen Mountain Indonesia, it was still something I had never seen in my life and something to tick off the bucket list, so still pretty extraordinary.

Whilst sitting, surrounded by darkness, since you’ve stopped walking, the cold creeps over you and it starts to get pretty uncomfortable.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: What I would’ve done for a small blanket to wrap around me while we watched the flames! Definitely recommended if you’re one who gets cold easily (which I am not) so for those who really get cold- you’ll need one, but more about that in the what to wear section

Reaching Kawah Ijen Crater

This is your reward for the summit of Mount Ijen at sunrise

TRAVELIST FYI: At the time of our visit to Kawah Ijen, we were not allowed down to see the Blue Fire Ijen crater up close, this was unfortunate as I was really hoping to go down to the edge of the lake and see the sulphur up close even after sunrise.

Despite not being able to venture down to the lake’s edge, the experience was still a good one. After viewing the Ijen blue flame whilst shivering in the darkness, it was time to venture further to find some warmth.

Littered around the crater edge were some dead-looking shrubs but there was also some guides who make made some makeshift little fire pits.

OH MY GOSH, I WAS SAVED!

I sat there literally for as long as I could getting my torso, hands and legs (consequently my tights as well) as close to the warmth-generating saviour.

TRAVELIST TIP: Be sure to check with your tour guide and company before the trip if it is safe to venture down to the Ijen Crater Lake during your trip

Some more stunning sunrise landscape shots at Mount Ijen

Sunrise: Kawah Ijen Volcano in full view

Again, I needed to be torn away from the warmth to a cliff which was the Kawah Ijen sunrise viewpoint. Despite, needing to cuddle hard in the dark icy abyss, watching the sunrise creep above the mountains was absolutely stunning.

It was really beautiful but also a HUGE surprise to see what the surroundings really looked like.

We had been upon this crater ledge for the last 3 hours but had pretty much no idea what actually surrounded us.

I was shocked, just behind us was the most beautiful lake I had ever seen.

The colour of Lake Ijen was something that honestly looked like some sort of concoction of magical potion.

The large mass of milky, turquoise, mermaid green-blue was mesmerizing. It was truly unlike anything I had ever seen in my life.

I was just still so shocked that the whole time we had been up there in the darkness, this magical volcanic Kawah Ijen Lake had just been sitting there waiting for us to behold once the sun had risen.

I was quite spellbound. You could sit and stare for hours.

Panoramic shot of Mount Ijen volcano lake

On the sides of the Kawah Ijen Lake Indonesia, you could also see the burning sulphur and smoke billowing upwards. Luckily for us, the wind direction was actually not blowing towards us, so there was no real need to wear gas masks while standing on the crater rim.

The Kawah Ijen volcano crater lake rim was lined with a number of dead trees.

They were beautiful. The burnt wood skeletons all twisted and curled looking like something from a Harry Potter novel, I loved it.

Taking pictures of the trees was far more interesting than taking pictures of myself.

TRAVELIST TIP: Photography can be tricky with the light on Kawah Ijen volcano. Most of the pictures you will get during these hours will be half lit due to the sunrise, regardless of this, if you’re interested in the landscape then that’s all that should matter. If you’ve got mad photo editing skills, then you definitely won’t have a problem, editing the light issues.

Although the sun had risen, I was actually still freezing.

I was really struggling with the cold here for some reason, It felt significantly colder than Mount Bromo or Mount Penanjakan.

I felt very uncomfortable having to take off gloves to take photos and did not actually want to spend as much time as I’d like being up there because I was so cold.

Lake Ijen Volcano

Ijen crater lake has a diameter of approximately 1 km and is about 200 meters deep. The water in the Kawah Ijen acid lake is very warm, about 35℃. You can touch the water, however, it’s not recommended and prolonged contact with water will cause skin irritation.

The lake has an acidity level of 0.5 (VERY ACIDIC!) The acidic crater lake’s shores and embankments are a natural deposit of sulfur is the home of sulfur mining, which has been mined and extracted by sulfur miners for the last 700 years.

The colour of the acid lake is caused by the acidity of the water, which is a mixture of hydrochloric and sulfuric acids and other dissolved metals. The colour of the lake is dependent on the volcanic activity below, the lake can change its colour from turquoise to green and even gray on occasions

Under the depths of the lake, there is volcano magma, Thankfully, as the lake is very deep with dense water, magma remains locked at the bottom. When the volcano erupts, lava does not surface, we only experience increased methane gas.

This was truly an adventure that I would’ve never thought of taking if it wasn’t for it being part of a combined tour, I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to see this incredible natural wonder in Indonesia.

Now onto the nitty-gritty details. If you’re looking for how to exactly plan this trip to Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi, below is a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about visiting and planning a trip to Ijen.

Kawah Ijen Volcano Travel Guide

Where is Kawah Ijen Volcano

Ijen Indonesia is located on the border between Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency in East Java. The Kawah Ijen tour is often combined with neighbouring attractions in East Java like Mount Bromo and Tumpak Sewu waterfalls. Check out Kawah Ijen Bondowoso on the map below.

Interested in seeing more in East Java?
📖READ:
Wonderful 1 Week East Java Itinerary: Temples, Volcanoes and Waterfalls

Best Time to Visit Mount Ijen Crater

The best time to do the Ijen tours and avoid the rainy season is between the months of April and October. Indonesia’s rainy season starts in November/December and lasts till mid-April. July seems to be a popular time to visit.

How to Get to Kawah Ijen Volcano

Kawah Ijen has gained popularity in the travelling circles of Indonesia. Ijen is a fairly easily accessible destination from the main city hub of Banyuwangi.

Bali to Ijen

🚢🚗 OPTION 1: Getting to Ijen from Bali will involve catching the ferry from the port of Gilimanuk, on the western part of the island. The ferry will take you to the port of Ketapang in Banyuwangi for easy pickup by a tour guide/company.

🚗 OPTION 2: Bali also has an airport should you choose to fly from Bali Denpasar (DPS) Ngurah Rai International Airport to Banyuwangi (BWW)-Blimbingsari, however, is not a frequent flight and may only run on certain days.

The Ijen Bali tour ferry option appears to be popular (and cheaper) for most who are in Bali.

Jakarta to Ijen

✈️ If you are in Jakarta, you can fly from Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK) to Banyuwangi International (BWX). It’s pretty far to attempt via train or bus, but if you wanted to, you could take a train or bus to Surabaya and follow the options below to get to Ijen.

Surabaya to Ijen

✈️ OPTION 1: Surabaya is another main city in Indonesia that has the option to fly from Juanda International (SUB) to Banyuwangi (BWW)-Blimbingsari to be picked up by your tour guide. 

🚆 OPTION 2: If you want to do the Surabaya Ijen tour there is also the option to take the train to Banyuwangi. The Kawah Ijen Surabaya 6-hour journey is definitely doable and not too bad depending on which train class you choose.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: The Surabaya Bromo Ijen tour is EXTREMELY popular and highly recommended! The Surabaya Bromo Ijen tour price will vary depending on what your inclusions and exclusions are and can range from 4 million IDR upwards. This is the option we chose for the Bromo Ijen tour from Surabaya.

Banyuwangi to Ijen

🚗 The best option is to take an Ijen tour. Banyuwangi is a good base city to stay in with good hotel options and restaurants etc. The Ijen trip is approximately a 1-hour drive.

Kawah Ijen Volcano Accommodation

Similarly to Mount Bromo, Mount Ijen does not involve sleeping at a base camp etc. The closest places to stay are Bondowoso and Banyuwangi. These are my top picks of places to stay

Ijen Resort and Villas Banyuwangi (Rating: 8.3 | 511 Reviews)

Possibly the most popular is Ijen Resort & Villas, Ijen resort Banyuwangi offers incredible mid-range and luxury options for the traveller seeking a bit more than just a bed for the night. Ijen Resorts and villas are definitely my Number #1 pick of places to stay in Banyuwangi

Jiwa Jawa Ijen Resort (Rating: 8.4 | 91 Reviews)

A is a premiere luxury resort in East Java, Indonesia. Set against the stunning backdrop of majestic mountains, the resort offers guests an unrivalled experience with modern amenities, timeless Indonesian heritage and unparalleled natural beauty.

Ijen Cliff Resort Banyuwangi (Rating: 7.7 | Reviews 47)

This is a stunning hotel with great mountain views and some gorgeous villa options.

Kampoeng Jogglo Ijen (Rating: 8.7 | 445 Reviews | Agoda Traveller’s Choice)

– Guests visit to take advantage of a wealth of unrivalled services and amenities at this Banyuwangi hotel. Guests can choose from 5 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and tranquillity.​

Kawah Ijen Volcano Weather

How cold is Mount Ijen? Well, Mount Ijen weather in the early morning or before sunrise temperatures can be as low as 8 to 12 °C (46-53 F°). The weather on the Mount Ijen tour in the late morning and afternoon will be around 22 to 25 °C (71 to 77 °F).

🌡️Check out the Kawah Ijen weather forecast for your travel dates

Kawah Ijen Volcano Climbing Difficulty

Climbing the Ijen Mountain itself to the crater rim is not technically difficult in the sense of needing to physically climb. The Mount Ijen Java path is completely paved and walkable, the difficult aspect comes in with the incline itself. It is steep!

You fail to realize the steepness though since you are walking in the dark (thankfully), but returning after sunrise descending you’ll definitely need to watch your footing on your way down. There is however a second option instead of walking to the top.

If you think the walk will be too steep it’s actually possible to get a lift up and down Kawah Ijen.

As mentioned above local men pull carts up the hill and are willing to pull tourists up the majority of the way in exchange for payment. The cost of being pulled up in one of these carts is generally between IDR 600,000 to 1 million. It is usually one person per cart, but I have seen a mother and children being pulled up.

We did not need the cart option, it is a service offered and these men really should be compensated accordingly if you use their service- it is incredibly hard work and some of these men are really not young, it’s amazing to see their strength.

Kawah Ijen Crater Tours

The Mount Ijen Blue fire tour is something that NEEDS to be on your Indonesia trip itinerary! As a result of the growing popularity of this unique destination, there are now many tours that can easily help you visit this natural wonder. These are some of my recommendations:

MOST REVIEWED OVERNIGHT TOUR ➡️ Overnight Mount Ijen Tour from Bali (Best for those short on time in Bali)

MOST REVIEWED MULTIDAY VOLCANO TOUR ➡️ Active Volcanoes Tour (Bromo and Ijen) from Surabaya 3 Days and 2 Nights (Best for those looking to see both volcanos)

MOST BOOKED VOLCANO & WATERFALL TOUR ➡️ Mount Bromo, Ijen and Tumpak Sewu waterfall 4D3N tour from Surabaya ending in Bali (Best for those looking to make the most of East Java and then continue to Bali)

HIGHEST RATED VOLCANO & WATERFALL TOUR ➡️ Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Tumpak Sewu waterfall 3D2N Tour from Surabaya

MOST BOOKED JOIN/SHARED OVERNIGHT TOUR ➡️ Kawah Ijen Midnight Blue Flame Tour Package from Banyuwangi (Best for those on a budget and happy to join in a shared trip)

Panoramic shot of Kawah Ijen after sunrise

Mount Ijen Tour Prices and Entrance Fees

The Ijen Crater tour price will depend on whether you are doing this as a single destination or combined with other destinations.

The price for a private tour for an Ijen blue fire tour (day tour) starts from under IDR 1,000,000.

Use XE Currency exchange checker to see what your country’s exchange rate is to the Indonesian Rupiah  

💡FYI: A combined tour like the Ijen Bromo tour can range from IDR 4 000 000 for 3- 4 days including visits to Mount Bromo, Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls and Madakaripura waterfalls.

I strongly recommend seeing Ijen, Java Indonesia and especially East Java as it has some incredible natural beauty so make the most of your trip and combine it with other attractions.

TRAVELIST TIP: There are two types of tours that you’ll find advertised: Private trips and Open trips. A private trip means it will just be yourself or the people of the group you’ve booked with. An Open trip means a combined much of people visiting the destination together. There are pros and cons of both private and open trips. I feel that for me doing an open trip Ijen would’ve not been suitable because we were are to get up to see Ijen crater blue fire and back down fairly fast and easily and in an open trip, you’d have to go at the pace of the group.  

💡PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: Our tour Ijen price was IDR 4 million per person. It was 3 days and 2 night and included Mount Bromo, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall and Ijen Crater, Accommodation, drivers, guide and all entrance fees were included. The only exclusions were lunch and dinner. This is an EXTREMELY GOOD DEAL. The Mt Bromo Kawah Ijen package tour was a PRIVATE TOUR from Surabaya. In light of COVID-19 these prices may actually have come down, so you might get a better deal.

There is an Ijen Entrance fee which is IDR 150 000 Indonesian Rupiah, If you are visiting with a tour company, make sure to see this is included in your tour price.

TRAVELIST TIP: Be sure to check your inclusions and exclusions in Mount Bromo Ijen tour packages prior to booking. Things like entrance tickets, drivers, guides, masks, food etc. may seem mandatory, but if something is not stipulated – ASK!

💡PERSONAL OPINION: There have been many articles stating how you should never take the first price provided and that locals are out to cheat foreigners and overcharge or even scam you. THIS IS NOT TRUE!

The tours that I have recommended above are reviewed and operated by reputable companies using local guides and drivers.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING A TOUR COMPANY for the reasons that the jobs are given to locals and this is their source of income and you are also contributing to the growing economy of this third world country.

I also believe that the people reporting being scammed and overcharged are not using reputable and reviewed guides and agents. Most local guides, companies and drivers are charging the figures listed above.

If you are getting a deal vastly different from what’s listed above, then perhaps its shady and you should look elsewhere.

Things that are too good to be true, usually aren’t!

What to Wear to Climb Mount Ijen

Dress warmly for Kawah Ijen – Layers are a must!

Not sure what to wear? Mount Ijen is cold! So dress warmly, like seriously you need to wear warm clothes in layers.

Warm Jacket – something not too heavy (Down jackets are great and easy to fold up and pop back into your backpack)

Long Thin Top – to wear under your jacket to shield you from the chill after the jacket becomes too much

A vest or Thin Activewear Top – to wear under your thin top (You might be questioning whether you need 3 layers – typically I get hot and here 3 layers were not enough for watching the blue flames or sunrise)

Beanie – My ears were freezing, it’s recommended!

Gloves – my fingertips were going numb, you need these.

Gas Mask/ Buff – unlike Mount Bromo, there’s no volcanic ash or dust thankfully, but depending on the wind direction on the day you visit, your guide should provide you with a gas mask in case there are severe toxic fumes. I suggest keeping a mask/buff in my backpack anyway.

Headlamp or torch: There is no lighting as you head up the path to Kawah Ijen, I would highly recommend having a headlamp or handheld torch. Using your phone is an option but you also will be depleting your battery unless you have 2 phones.

Sports Sneakers or Shoes with a bit of Grip – closed shoes are recommended for the walk up but hiking boots are not essential for the terrain is more or less a paved area, but the steepness is evident when heading back down, so be careful because it can be quite slippery.   

A thin blanket: This one might just be for me, but regardless of how many clothes I was wearing, I was still freezing. A small carry blanket would’ve been great for comfort whilst watching the Mt Ijen blue fire

Light Day Bag or Backpack – for your camera gear, water and to put your layers in after you’ve taken them off.

⚠️CAUTION: This is only if you are descending into the craterDon’t wear silver jewellery – If you have any silver jewellery, make sure to leave it at your accommodation when you climb Ijen. If you don’t, the silver will react with the sulphur and turn black  

TRAVELIST TIP: There is no toilet at the top of the crater, so make sure to go before you start your climb. There is a paid toilet facility (it’s a squat toilet and will cost approximately IDR 2 000 Indonesian Rupiah)

Sulfur deposit from Kawah Ijen volcano

Typical Kawah Ijen Itinerary

Your average itinerary has you starting the night before, this is if you want to see the Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi blue fire (I mean who doesn’t right?)

  • 23:30: Check out of Hotel (Bondowoso) )/ 1:00: Check out of the hotel (Banyuwangi)
  • 00:00: Start to drive to Ijen from the hotel
  • 01:45-02:00: Arrive at Paltuding Ijen Permit Post
  • 02:00-04:00: Kawah Ijen hike: Ijen trekking for approximately 2 hours (depending again on your pace and fitness levels)
  • 04:00-07:30: Arrive at the peak of Kawah Ijen Java, enjoy the Ijen blue flames tour and wait for sunrise
  • 05:30-05:45: Enjoy the Kawah Ijen sunrise
  • 06:00: Descend to the bottom of the crater for the Ijen volcano tour (if allowed)
  • 07:30: Mount Ijen trekking back down to Paltuding permit post.  
  • 08:30: Head back to the hotel – Enjoy some warm breakfast and travel home/next destination
Baskets of sulfur mined from the Kawah Ijen volcano crater
My small sulfur nugget!

Kawah Ijen Volcano Facts

Here are a few cool Kawah Ijen facts in case you were a bit more interested in this incredible natural wonder, Kawah Ijen is an acidic lake created in the crater of the active volcano of Ijen.

Famous for: Mount Ijen blue fire and turquoise blue milky sulphuric waters

Last significant eruption: The last Mount Ijen volcano eruption was in 1999

Size: The lake is approximately 1 kilometre in diameter and 175-200 meters deep

Elevation: Mount Ijen’s height is approximately 2386 metres above sea level

Ijen Temperatures: The average temperature ranges between 8 to 12 °C (46-53 F°). At the base of the crater drops significantly in the night to approximately 5 °C.

Acidity level: The lake of acid in the crater lake has a pH less than 0.3

🌋Looking for more Mount Ijen facts? Check Volcano Discovery

What is the Blue Fire Ijen Volcano Indonesia has?

The blue flames of Mount Ijen

One of the major tourist appeals of visiting Kawah Ijen is not only the incredible sunrise of the volcano and crater but also the famed blue fire.

The blue fire is created by ignited sulfuric gas, these toxic gases rise up from cracks. The flames can be up to 5 metres (16 ft) tall depending on the day you visit.

The Sulphur Miners of Kawah Ijen

One of the very overlooked aspects of this ever-popular tourist destination is that of the sulphur miners that summon unbeknown strength carrying their glowing yellow loads multiple times from the crater to the rim.

Mount Ijen and its volcanic crater lake serve as the office to these incredible humans. This article from Wowshack Indonesia truly puts into perspective what these men go through on a daily basis to earn an income. It’s incredibly insightful – PLEASE HAVE A READ.

Were My Mount Ijen Expectations Met?

Has the Kawah Ijen crater and Blue Fire Ijen crater met my expectations? Yes and No.

I was in awe of some aspects of this destination. The volcanic crater lake is magnificent, It’s truly something that I’ve never seen in my life and it’s the largest volcanic crater lake in the world!

However, I was disappointed that I was unable to descend into the crater itself to see the sulphur and lake up close but it was due to safety concerns so I NEED TO ACCEPT THAT.

I also was probably naive in thinking I was going to see huge electric blue flames or blue lava etc on my trip (I did see something though for which I must be thankful for).

I was also extremely uncomfortable throughout the majority of the trip as a result of the cold. I’m not really someone who gets cold (especially in Indonesia) so this was strange and unnerving for me, but it hindered me from actually enjoying the scenery and surroundings for as long as I’d usually spend at a destination. If I was warmer I think I’d give the experience a 9/10 instead of a 7/10 where it currently stands for me.

Smoke billowing from sulfur mining operation at Kawah Ijen volcano crater rim

Kawah Ijen Volcano Frequently Asked Questions

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Visiting Kawah Ijen is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

It is one of the most unusually beautiful sights. As desolate as it is, it’s stunning and mystifying.

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