Kawah Ijen – Ijen Crater Or Ijen Volcano
Ijen Crater or Ijen Plateau or known to Indonesians as Kawah Ijen, is one of the top recommended volcano in East Java Indonesia to be visited. This active crater of 134 sq km has a landscape of volcanic cones of both Mount Ijen/Ijen Crater and Mount Merapi (not to be confused with the famous Mount Merapi in Central Java). Kawah Ijen, is a volcano complex located in East Java and is regarded as one of the unmissable sights in Indonesia. Ijen is a quiet but active volcano, set amidst a stunning landscape of volcanic cones and a beautiful turquoise coloured sulfur lake.
Ijen Crater Blue Fire – Kawah Ijen Blue Flame Indonesia
Ijen Crater Blue Fire is The Best Blue Flame In the world. There are 2 blue flames in the world, One is in east Java Indonesia It’s called Ijen Crater Blue Fire and the second one is in Iceland. There are few options for visiting Ijen crater, you can either start at 1am or 4am to arrive at the top of the crater by daylight. Many travelers recommend to do the night hiking up to Ijen Crater to catch the Magical Ijen Crater Blue Flame or also known as Ijen Crater Blue Fire. To get this you have to arrive at the top before sunrise of 6am.
Ijen Blue Flame
Ijen crater have the sunrise and green views. Not only that, Ijen also have a blue flame phenomenon that there are only 2 in the world. Blue flame there are only two in the world, one in Iceland. to see the blue flame, tourists should come in the morning precisely at dawn or travelers can depart from the hotel to the starting point at approximately 1 am. travelers will climb 3 km is not it and they will come down to the crater, the road to the bottom of the crater are very steep and hard about about 250 meters. Only then, the blue flame pins. This amazing natural phenomenon. Blue flame at Kawah Ijen is unique, rare, and becoming an attraction itself. It also adds to the beauty of Ijen Crater, after the sunrise. The blue Fire is an electric-blue flame that appears from the combustion of sulfuric gases. The gases emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure and temperature of up to 1,112°F (600°C), igniting when they come in contact with air. The blue flames can reach up to 16 feet (5 meters) high.
How To Get to Ijen Crater
You can visit Mount Ijen from Banyuwangi East Java Indonesia. Banyuwangi is nearest city from Mount Ijen. Not only from Banyuwangi, you can also visit from Bali and Surabaya.
1. Ijen Crater Tour From Bali
Our staf will Pick You up from Bali ( From Ubud, Sanur, Kuta etc ). It takes 4-5 Hours to Gilimanuk port. Then passing through Bali strait only 1 hour, then we will transfer you to Paltuding ( Rest Area of Ijen Crater ) we use 4×4 jeep. The minimum duration to visit Ijen Volcano Tour from Bali is 2 Days 1 Night. Discover Ijen Blue Fire Tour, Ijen Day Tour, Milky Way Tour and Photograpy Tour.
2. Ijen Crater Tour From Banyuwangi
Via Banyuwangi, you can choose from all kinds of vehicles such as 4WD to get to the starting point of hike up to Ijen Crater. Usually we will pick our guest up from the Hotel at around 00.30 Am from Banyuwangi. Minimum duruation to do it is only 1 Day Tour.
3. Ijen Crater Tour From Surabaya
The nearest airport from Mt Ijen is Surabaya. From Surabaya airport to Banyuwangi, it would take another 7-8 hours drive by Car. You can also take the train from Surabaya to Banyuwangi which will take about 7 hours. we can also pick you up from Surabaya to Banyuwaing with private car with AC.
How to get around?
You can get around in most preferred choice a 4WD and for more budget if via Banyuwangi you may take the motorbike or car. After that it is all on foot to hike up Mount Ijen to get to the crater and to walk around the crater rim.
Is is a difficult hike?
Very steep, yes, but you go up at night, so you can’t see how steep it is”, he responded with a cheeky smile on his face. Kawah Ijen is a quiet but active volcano, set amidst a stunning landscape of volcanic cones and a beautiful turquoise coloured sulfur lake. The hike up is tough, but rather short (it took us no more than 1.5 hrs to reach the top), just as expected. The most grueling part of the hike and the reason for my mixed feelings about the experience, Is the long descent and then ascent to the base of the crater.
You will shared the narrow steep rocky path down to the bottom of Ijen Crater with at least 300 others. There is no time for photos, no time for distractions. Every step was carefully calculated to avoid tripping over another person or sliding down on lose rocks. It isn’t the safest activity you will ever participated in. When you reach the bottom/the crater, things only got worse. The wind is strong and the sulfur gas clouds would at times cover you head to toe, you need high quality gas masks.
For the Blue Flame/Blue Lava/Blue Fire at Kawah Ijen, you have to wait for the wind blows to the another side so you can take the photo and save it. Is it an incredible mind boggling sight? Sure, it is cool, but the scary climb down and the subsequent grueling climb up combined with the dangers of being exposure to sulfur flames just isn’t worth it. The road back is very beautiful. Mountain peaks of volcanic complex, a fog and clouds shrouding slopes, scorched trees and dense vegetation of forests and fields are on the way.
Hike to Ijen Plateau is an ABSOLUTE MUST!
You will presented amzing Ijen Blue Fire and Best Sunrise. The views is absolutely breathtaking. If there is one thing that will touch you more than the stunning views of the Ijen Plateau was the truth behind sulfur mining at Kawah Ijen.
Sulfur collectors at Ijen work for a minimum wage and in visibly terrible conditions. They hike up early in the morning, work straight through until around 1pm when the clouds roll in and make it impossible to navigate the plateau. Most of them use wet cloths to protect themselves from the sulfur flames and it’s not uncommon to see miners carrying 40-50kg of sulfur back up to the surface without any footwear on.
We were told that the going rate for sulfur is only about 800 IRP (less than AUD $0.08 per kilo), so a 2-3 hour return trip with 40kgs of sulfur would only make the workers about AUD $3. The demand for sulfur is only increasing as cosmetic companies around the world continue to use it as an ingredient to treat acne, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and dandruff. The mineral found specifically at the Ijen Crater is known to be purer and more desirable, so in the eye
Best Time To Visit Ijen Crater
Best Time To Visit Kawah Ije is in Mei – oct where there is less rain but more tourist
But that being said, Indonesia being a fairly mild weather of just rain and shine, most of the time is a good to go to Ijen Crater, just check for local weather as you head there. Also try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd.
Ijen Tour Tips – For Your Information Before Visit Ijen Volcano
- Be sure to wear a respirator or a protective mask. The more effective it filters the air the better. There are casualties among tourists, who neglected safety rules.
- Keep in mind that the road goes across the rocks. Comfortable shoes and gloves will help you overcome the way.
- Ijen blue fire is ignited sulphuric gas, which emerges from cracks with temperatures up to 600°С. The glow is quite weak, so it can be seen only at night.
Remember to bring a mask to cover your nose as the pungent odour of sulphur may burn. Also bring warm jacket as the trek at night is cold and temperature may drop to 5C.
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