August 2011. Tanna Island, Vanuatu.
When I first saw Yasur – considered to be world’s most accessible active volcano – I was a bit disappointed. I guess I was expecting something bigger. Rising only 361m above the sea level, as first it didn’t seem to be very powerful. But I quickly changed my mind when I got closer to Yasur. It surely is a small volcano, but it can be very scary. Every few minutes the sky was being thorn apart by a strong explosion, and it never stopped, not even at night. Despite being so active, Yasur is accessible to tourists. It’s possible to get as close to the crater as 150m. I guess you could get even closer, but nobody attempts it. It’s because it is simply too scary. The ground shakes with each explosion, the burning rocks fly high into the sky and the ash cloud makes it difficult to breath. It’s a kind of place that doesn’t fail to impress.