6 Best Mount Ijen Tours: Various Itineraries, Inclusions, Insider Tips and details

I’m here to share with you an experience that still tingles my spine every time I think about it, (possibly, because I was so incredibly cold), My journey to the enchanting Mount Ijen (Kawah Ijen Volcano) in Indonesia. I can’t wait to guide you through the best Mount Ijen tours that will take you to this magical destination.

๐Ÿ“–RELATED READ: The Magic of Mount Ijen: An Adventure to a Blue Flame Volcanic Crater Lake

Best Mount Ijen Tours

โญ The Midnight Hike from Bali: Experience the blue fire phenomenon and the magical sunrise at the summit. This tour starts late at night from Bali to ensure you reach the top in time for these wonders โžก๏ธBOOK IT

โญ The Midnight hike from Banyuwangi: Witness the magic of the Ijenโ€™s mesmerizing blue fire on a 7-hour evening, trekking tour of the Ijen volcano from Banyuwangโžก๏ธ BOOK IT

โญ The Active Volcanoes Tour: Visit not one but two active volcanoes – Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen. This tour is perfect for adventurous souls who want to witness the power of nature up close โžก๏ธ BOOK IT

โญ The Volcanoes & Waterfall Tour: This tour combines the beauty of Mount Ijen and Mount Bromo coupled with a visit to the stunning Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls. A perfect blend of natural wonders that will surely take your breath away โžก๏ธ BOOK IT

โญ Ultimate East Java Adventure Tour (Borobudur & Prambanan Temple, Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen): This tour offers the ultimate East Java adventure experience. Explore ancient temples, conquer two active volcanoes and discover hidden gems along the way โžก๏ธ BOOK IT

โญ The Overnight Join-in/ Sharing Ijen tour: This budget-friendly option allows you to explore Mount Ijen with fellow travellers. It includes a midnight hike, blue fire viewing and a sunrise trek โžก๏ธ BOOK IT

With so many Mount Ijen tours, which should you pick? Well, it all depends on your preferences and time constraints. But one thing is for sure, no matter which one you choose, Mount Ijen tours will leave a lasting impression on you.

Stay tuned for an in-depth review of each of these Mount Ijen tours, their highlights, and why they might be the perfect fit for your Indonesian adventure. Trust me, exploring Mount Ijen will be an experience you’ll never forget!

๐Ÿ“–RELATED READ: Wonderful 1 Week East Java Itinerary: Temples, Volcanoes and Waterfalls

Mount Ijen, located in East Java, Indonesia, stands majestically at 2,799 meters tall. It’s renowned for its stunning turquoise-coloured acidic crater lake, and its mesmerizing blue fire phenomenon – a sight that will leave you absolutely awe-struck. This volcano has, over the years, drawn the attention of adventurous travellers from all around the globe.

Landscape view of Kawah Ijen lake
The magnificent Mount Ijen turquoise volcanic crater lake

1. Midnight Mount Ijen Blue Fire Tour from Bali

Best Overnight Mount Ijen Tour from Bali

๐Ÿ˜ TRAVELIST TOP PICK: Mount Ijen Blue flame fire tour from Bali

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โžก๏ธ Who is this tour for? Ideal for travellers who are short on time and seeking an adrenaline-fueled adventure

The midnight Mount Ijen Blue Fire Tour is a must, Take a ferry to Java from Gilimanuk port and enjoy a thrilling journey to witness the mesmerizing blue fire phenomenon in Mount Ijen. With air-conditioned car transfers and a private English-speaking guide provided, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride with all the logistics taken care of for you!


โœ… Private Tour

โœ… Approximately 5-7 hours

โœ… Starts at 7 pm the previous evening

โœ… Experience a midnight hike to the summit of Mount Ijen

โœ… Spot the blue fire phenomenon from the crater around 4 am

โœ… Witness the stunning sunrise view from the rim of the crater

โœ… Visit Jagir Waterfall and stop for breakfast (own expense) before returning to Bali (VIATOR)


“Transport to and from the volcano was super comfy and well air-conditioned. With Hamid’s expert guidance, we began hiking just before 2 am and we were amongst the first to see the blue fire at the crater of the volcano. Many missed out because they simply started the hike too late and the blue fire is only visible at night. We made it to the back to the top of the crater for a breathtaking sunrise. Hamid showed us the best photo spots and went the extra mile to get us great videos and pictures”

– Oliwia_A


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fee in Mount Ijen
  • Ferry ticket from Bali to Java Island (return)
  • Private English-speaking guide & gas mask in Mount Ijen


  • Gratuities (Tipping)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

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2. The Overnight Tour from Banyuwangi

Best Mount Ijen Overnight Tour from Banyuwangi

๐Ÿ˜ TRAVELIST TOP PICK: Ijen blue fire trekking from Banyuwangi

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โžก๏ธ Who is this tour for? This tour is best for those who dont have the time to do a multiday tour of East Java (Although its highly recommneded), if youre in the area, this is the best one to choose to maximise your time and experience.

Venturing out from Banyuwangi into the night, where the majestic Ijen volcano awaits under a blanket of stars. As you climb to the summit, the air fills with the mystical dance of sulphur smoke, leading you to the spellbinding blue fire, a natural spectacle that’s both haunting and beautiful. You may have the chance to watch the heroic miners navigate the crater’s treacherous paths, bearing loads of sulphur that seem impossible to carry. And just when you think the experience can’t get any richer, the first light of dawn reveals the crater lake in all its turquoise glory! Don’t worry about the details your tour comapny has got it all covered!


โœ… Private Tour

โœ… 7-hour evening tour of the Ijen volcano from Banyuwangi

โœ… Trek to the summit of the mighty volcano to see the billowing smoke of the sulphur mines

โœ… Marvel at the natural phenomenon of the blue fire

โœ… Experience the enchantment of the sun rising over the Ijen crater lake

โœ… Receive all safety equipment and round-trip transport from your Banyuwangi hotel free of charge


“Do it! Itโ€™s a very cool and adventurous tour!! We had a great and unique experience! Big thanks to our two guides for this adventurous tour! Our driver, and the guide who joined us on our trip down the crater, were both extremely friendly and helpful! Both guides speak English very well and are funny and extremely friendly. The tour is well organized, and our driver even drove us to our next destination after completing the tour! Absolutely worth it!”

– Jill_P


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Refreshments
  • Entrance fee in Mount Ijen
  • Private English-speaking guide & gas mask in Mount Ijen


  • Gratuities (Tipping)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Meals


3. The Active Volcanoes Tour

Best Multi-day Volcanos Tour (from Bali, Surabaya or Malang)

Here are 3 options depending on where you’re starting from (Bali, Surabaya or Malang)

๐Ÿ˜TRAVELIST TOP PICK: 3 Days and 2 Nights Active Volcanoes Bromo and Ijen from Surabaya

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The incredible sunrise view at Mount Bromo Volcano

๐Ÿ“–RELATED READ: The Amazing Mount Bromo Sunrise Hike & 7 Convincing Reasons to Visit

โžก๏ธ Who is this tour for? This is a great tour for volcano or adventure enthusiasts who want to see active volcanoes in close proximity and make the most of their time in East Java

This epic three-day tour (3 Day Viator and GYG | 2 Day Klook) covers two of East Java’s most incredible volcanoes – Mt. Bromo and Ijen Crater, giving you a chance to witness the stunning sunrise over both volcanic wonders. With an English-speaking driver and guide , you’ll have the opportunity to explore these breathtaking sites in comfort and convenience. From the majestic Mt. Bromo to the mystical blue fire of Ijen Crater, this tour has it all.


โœ… Witness stunning sunrise views over both Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater

โœ… Experience the thrill of two active volcanoes in East Java, Mt. Bromo and Ijen Crater.

โœ… Enjoy comfortable transportation and a private English-speaking guide throughout the tour

โœ… Inclusive of comfortable accommodations in Cemoro Lawang and Bondowoso.

โœ… Option to end the tour at the ferry port for Bali or return to Surabaya for an additional fee.


“Awesome trip, with some exciting views into the abyss. Being so close to the heart of active volcanoes is a pretty intimidating experience – nature is indeed rather fascinating! The trip was very well organised, there’s never a dull moment. Both volcanoes – Bromo and Ijen are different enough by their geology, so worth visiting both. The sunrise at Bromo is very pretty (just cold – dress warmly). Just be aware that the Ijen Crater tour down to the sulphur vent / blue flames really requires a good level of fitness, and appropriate shoes (no flip-flops, sneakers, etc.). But that is absolutely the highlight of the entire trip and shouldn’t be missed!”

– Sebastian_V


  • Pick up in Surabaya (from Juanda International Airport or at your hotel)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • English-speaking guide
  • Private 4-wheel drive Jeep for the Bromo sunrise tour
  • Coffee break in Pananjakan and Paltuding
  • 2 Nights Accommodation: Cafe Lava (or similar) in Cemara Lawang village, Ijen View in Bondowoso city
  • Blue fire tour with a local guide and gas mask
  • Daily bottled water
  • Breakfast x 2
  • Drop off at Banyuwangi or Ketapang Harbour


  • Return drop off in Surabaya (approx. USD 25)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses like souvenirs and toilet visits
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Horse riding (at the base of Mount Bromo)



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๐Ÿ“–RELATED READ: How to Choose the Best Mount Bromo Tour for You: My Experience and Top Picks

4. Volcanoes & Waterfall Tour

Best Multi-day Volcano & Waterfalls Tour (from Surabaya or Malang)

๐Ÿ˜TRAVELIST TOP PICK: 3D2N Mount Bromo, Tumpak Sewu, Kawah Ijen Crater start from Malang or Surabaya

โžก๏ธ Who is this tour for? This tour is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of both active volcanoes and stunning waterfalls and have 3 days to commit to East Java.

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The incredible Tumpak Sewu Waterfall in East Java

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This is an immersive 3-day tour of the region. Witness stunning waterfalls, catch the sunrise at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, and hike to the famous “blue fire” acidic crater lake on Mount Ijen. With transportation provided from either Malang or Surabaya and accommodations for two nights included, this tour is the perfect way to experience the best of East Java in just three days.


โœ… Explore the beauty of East Java with a 3-day guided tour

โœ… Visit famous attractions like Mount Bromo, Mount Ijen, and Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

โœ… Three breakfasts and accommodations for two nights

โœ… Round-trip transportation from Malang or Surabaya

“Very fun activity! We initially wanted to see Mt. Visit Bromo and Tumpak Sewu, but afterwards, the Ijen crater was the most impressive. You should bring more than stated: water shoes, a waterproof bag and clothes that can get wet for the waterfall, good shoes and warm clothes for both Bromo and Ijen. It was there in the morning between 10 and 15 degrees in June. All walks are easy to do in terms of level if you have a bit of fitness. Some parts were steep, but with the help of the guides that was all right.”

– Maud (Netherlands)



  • Entrance fee for Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen Crater
  • Pick up in Malang and drop off in Ketapang Harbour/Malang
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Friendly English speaker guide
  • Safety gas mask for Ijen crater
  • 4WD Jeep (shared)
  • Budget accommodation has no hot water for shower & used an Asian squat toilet
  • Premium accommodation has hot water for the shower and a western sit toilet
  • 3 x Breakfasts


  • Pick up/drop off service from/to Surabya +IDR 600.000/Group
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance



๐Ÿ“–RELATED READ: Magnificent Madakaripura Waterfall: The Most Unique Waterfall in Indonesia

5. Ultimate East Java Tour from Yogyakarta

Best Multi-day Temples and Volcanoes Tour (from Yogyakarta)

๐Ÿ˜ TRAVELIST TOP PICK: 4D2N Temples and Volcano tour from Yogyakarta

โžก๏ธ Who is this tour for? This tour is perfect for those who want to experience a bit of culture by visting temples and then adventure by visiting volcanoes and see the East Java at its finest

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The majestic Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta

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๐Ÿ“–RELATED READ: Discovering the majesty of Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta

This is an 4D3N unforgettable tour from the historic pathways of Borobudur to the awe-inspiring natural spectacles of East Java. Imagine starting your day amidst the serene beauty of the world’s largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur, where ancient stories are carved into every stone followed by the largest hindu temple in Indonesia, Prambanan Temple. Now, fast-forward to an experience that will leave you breathless – watching the sunrise paint the sky in hues of gold and crimson from the summit of Mount Bromo and lastly witness the phenomenal blue fire of Mount Ijen Crater.


โœ… Explore Borodbudur Temple grounds – the largest Buddhist Temple in the world

โœ… Witness the Borobudur Temple sunrise on Setumbu Hill

โœ… Visit Prambanan Temple the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia

โœ… Explore the magical sunrise views over Mount Bromo

โœ… Marvel at the natural phenomenon of the Ijen Crater

“My wife and I have travelled extensively around the world, and we both thought Mr. Wawan was probably the best guide weโ€™ve ever had on any tour. He was very attentive, allowed us to explore options of interest enroute, and went well beyond what one might have expected of his job. We both now consider him a friend rather than a guide. Beyond that, Mr. Andi was the overall tour operator who seemed to check in with Mr. Wawan on a regular basis to ensure all was well. Together, we felt well taken care of throughout the trip. The itinerary itself was well planned, with a mix of cultural and natural sites and points of interest. All hotels clean, adequate and located near daily attractions. The one near Ijen was actually surprisingly plush. Overall, we can recommend this tour without qualification. That said, if you can ask to have Mr. Wawan as your guide, his English was excellent, and you will be treated like a personal guest.”

– Tripadvisor reviewer

BOOK THIS 4D2N Temples and Volcano tour from Yogyakarta โžก๏ธ


  • Entrance fees
  • Pick up inYogyakarta and drop off in Ketapang Harbour/Surabaya
  • Accommodation
  • Friendly English speaker guide
  • Safety gas mask for Ijen crater
  • 4WD Jeep (shared)
  • 3 x Breakfasts


  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance


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6. The Overnight Join-in/ Sharing Ijen tour

Best Shared Mount Ijen Tour from Banyuwangi

๐Ÿ˜ TRAVELIST TOP PICK: Ijen Blue Fire & Sunrise Sharing Tour

mount ijen acid lake with blue fire and smoke billowing from sulfur deposits and the shore of the lake mount ijen tours

โžก๏ธ Who is this tour for? This shared tour is perfect for those looking to split the costs and are budget conscious. This shared tour allows you to leave from Banyuwangi to minimize travel costs too.

Picture this: Your adventure kicks off at the stroke of midnight, under a blanket of stars, as you embark on an exhilarating hike up to Ijen’s summit. Then venture down into the crater itself, an experience that not only allows you to witness the mesmerizing blue flames up close but also introduces us to the incredible sulphur miners who brave the elements daily. Then ascend to the crater rim, just in time to catch the first rays of dawn painting the sky in vibrant hues. Trust me, watching the sunrise from atop Ijen is a moment that will leave you speechless. This shared tour from Banyuwangi allows you let’s create memories that will last a lifetime and make new travel friends!


โœ… See the remarkable blue fire of Ijen volcano on a midnight hike

โœ… Spectacular views as you watch the sunrise from the summit

โœ… Hassle-free pickup and round-trip transfers from your Banyuwangi hotel

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  • Hotel Transfers from Banyuwangi
  • Guide
  • Safety gas mask for Ijen crater
  • Bottled water


  • All fees and taxes
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

“Although we have to climb up and down the mountain for a few hours, the scenery we can see from the point where we see sunrise was wonderful!”

– Makoto_T


Why Should You Visit Mount Ijen?

Why should Mount Ijen be on your East Java Itinerary? Well, other than its stunning beauty, it offers a unique opportunity to witness one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles – the ethereal blue flames, visible only at night. Plus, the sunrise view from the rim of the crater is a memory you’ll cherish forever.

Absolutely, I’d love to help you craft a captivating section for your blog post on Mount Ijen tours! Let’s dive into some essential tips and insights for adventurers looking to explore this breathtaking destination. Here’s a friendly, personal, and informative guide to what you need to know before visiting Mount Ijen:

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Things to Know Before Visiting Mount Ijen

  1. โŒ Mount Ijen is closed to visitors every 1st Friday of the month for religous ceremonies.
  2. ๐ŸŒœ Prepare for the Night Trek: The journey to see Ijen’s famous blue flames starts in the wee hours. Equip yourself with a headlamp (dont waste your phone torch bettary), wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes with some grip for the rocky path, and dress in layersโ€”it can be chilly at night but warm up quickly by day.
  3. โ˜ข๏ธ Safety First: The sulfuric gases at Ijen can be overwhelming, so wearing a gas mask is crucial for your safety. Don’t worry, though; gas masks are typically provided as part of the tour. Remember, safety isn’t just a guideline; it’s a necessity for this adventure.
  4. ๐Ÿ’ช Physical Readiness: The hike to the crater is moderately challenging, with steep and uneven paths. It’s a good idea to assess your fitness level before embarking on this trek. A little preparation goes a long wayโ€”consider some pre-trip hiking or stairs training to get in shape.
  5. โ›๏ธ Respect the Miners: You’ll encounter sulfur miners during your visit, who undertake this strenuous work daily. It’s an eye-opening experience that adds depth to your adventure. Please show them respect, keep a safe distance, and ask before taking photos.
  6. โ˜€๏ธ Catch the Sunrise: While the blue flame is a star attraction, the sunrise over the turquoise crater lake is equally mesmerizing. Make sure to find a good spot to soak in the breathtaking views as the day breaksโ€”it’s a moment you’ll want to capture both in your camera and your heart.
  7. ๐ŸŒฟ Eco-Friendly Travel: Remember, we’re visitors in this stunning natural landscape. Keep it pristine by packing out any trash and minimizing your environmental footprint. It’s our responsibility to ensure that places like Ijen remain beautiful for generations to come.
  8. ๐Ÿ™‹ Local Guides Are Key: Not only does hiring a local guide support the community, but it also enriches your experience. They offer invaluable insights, stories, and tips that you won’t find in any guidebook. Plus, navigating Ijen with someone who knows it inside and out adds an extra layer of safety and enjoyment.
  9. ๐Ÿ’ฆ Stay Hydrated and Energized: Bring enough water and some snacks for the journey. Staying hydrated and having a bite to eat can make all the difference in enjoying your trek to the fullest.

Embarking on Mount Ijen tours is an unforgettable adventure that offers not just stunning natural beauty but also profound insights into the resilience of the human spirit. Armed with these tips, you’re all set for a memorable exploration of one of Indonesia’s most extraordinary wonders.

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From the ethereal glow of the blue flames to the breathtaking sunrise over the turquoise crater lake, Ijen is a testament to nature’s unparalleled beauty and power.

My personal journey through these landscapes has been nothing short of magical, filled with awe-inspiring moments and heartfelt connections to the land and its people.

Now, armed with all the insights and tales from our escapade, it’s your turn to embark on this extraordinary adventure. Choose the Mount Ijen tours that speaks to your soul, pack your spirit of wonder, and set off to create your own unforgettable memories amidst the stunning vistas of Mount Ijen.

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