Site preloader
Hiking, Indonesia

Discover Indonesia’s Blue-Flamed Volcano!!

January 11, 2017
Kawah Ijen Volcano, Blue Flames, Indonesia

After reading about Kawah Ijen (pronounced: kawa eejen) on the island of Java in Indonesia, I knew that no matter how out of the way it might be, I needed to see this blue-flamed beauty first hand. But what makes this volcano more interesting than any other volcano on the planet?

 

Well, Kawah Ijen is an extremely rare volcano that actually erupts electric blue flames from its crater. And the kicker is, it’s only visible at night! Yup you heard right, during the day Cinderella turns back into a pumpkin, and looks just like any other volcano.

 

But How is it Blue-Flamed? Blue

You may be wondering, how this could possibly occur? It’s important to make note that Kawah Ijen doesn’t actually have blue lava. Instead, the amazing blue glow is a result of extremely high quantities of sulfuric gases emerging from the earth simultaneously with the lava. When the gases leak out at extremely high temperatures and pressures and then comes into contact with the air (i.e. oxygen)…BOOM. It ignites into the awe inspiring blue flames. So it’s actually the burning sulfuric gas that creates the phenomenon. From there, the sulfuric gas shifts into liquid sulfur, and as it burns it flows down the slope of the volcano, giving the appearance of flowing blue lava. What’s interesting is that the process takes place all day long, but it’s only visible at night.

 

Oliver Grunewald famously photographed the blue flames, catapulting Kawah Ijen onto the world stage.

 

Kawah Ijen, Blue Flamed, Java, Indonesia

Source

 

The Sulfuric Rock

As the burning sulfur cools, it leaves deposits of sulfuric rock around the lake. This sulfuric rock is then quarried in an extremely labor-intensive manner. The sulfuric rock is mined and then carried in baskets on the backs of the local minors back down to the base of the mountain. If you do make the trek at night, you will most likely see the sulfur miners. They often times work at night to escape the heat of the day. These local miners are very friendly, and often times will guide tourists up the mountain and earn an extra bit of income in the process.

 

Kawah Ijen, Blue Flamed, Java, Indonesia

 

They also sell sulfur pieces as souvenirs that have been carved into fun shapes, like dinosaurs!

 

Kawah Ijen, Blue Flamed, Java, Indonesia

 

For tips on how to hike Kawah Ijen, check out my A Guide to Hiking Kawah Ijen.

 

Kawah Ijen Crater Lake

To make Kawah Ijen even more unique is the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Kawah Ijen Crater Lake at the top of the volcano. It is the world’s largest acidic lake, and the acidity is exactly what gives the lake its stunning shade of green. The blue volcano and the turquoise lake are completely correlated. Its the emission of hydrogen chloride gas into the lake, which creates its unique color.

 

Just be sure to NOT go swimming!

 

 

Kawah Ijen Crater, Blue Flamed, Java, Indonesia

 

A note to the wise

Sulfuric gas = sulfur dioxide gas = that smelly thing that is similar to rotten eggs

Sulfur dioxide gas with oxygen turns into sulfuric acid = dangerous

Hydrogen chloride gas with water turns into hydrochloric acid = dangerous

 

Like this post? Pin it for later!

Kawah Ijen, Blue Flamed, Java, Indonesia

 

Plan on visiting Kawah Ijen? Let me know in the comments below!

 

0
Tiffany Nicole

Tiffany Nicole

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

Comments

  1. Greg Rodgers

    January 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Wow…have enjoyed Indonesia many times but somehow missed this. Thank you for the enlightenment fun read!

  2. Tiffany Nicole

    Tiffany Nicole

    January 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

    I’m so glad you liked it! It’s definitely an experience you will never forget 🙂

Leave a Comment

ABOUT ME

  • I'm not sure if this is a safe enough space to admit I only came to LACMA to take this photo. 🙈😬⠀
✧⠀
Surely I'm not the only one who does this? Don't leave me hanging guys, what about you? 😋⠀
  • Hey friends! 🌟⠀
✧⠀
A few of you asked about a subscription to my blog, lavendervines.com. I have been super busy behind the scenes making updates, and have finally put a subscription option in! 💪🏻⠀
✧⠀
So please subscribe! 😬 I would love to be able to connect with you more and send you updates. Link to blog in bio! 💋⠀
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••⠀
#theadventurehandbook #travelgirls #radgirlscollective #glt #goplaces #topdeck #thediscoverer #travelgrams #topdecker #traveloften #photodiary #getlostclub #travelchannel #athomeintheworld #timeoutsociety  #propelwomen #Jesuslives #allglorytoGod  #lampandlight #christianblogger #faithinGod #spiritualjourney #proverbs31 #praisehim #Jesusislord #Godlovesyou  #praisethelord #proverbs #bedeeplyrooted #intentionalliving
  • Rise and grind! 🌟
✧⠀
Good morning world. 🌎 Is anyone else feeling that Monday struggle? Here's some thoughts to start you off on the right foot.⠀
✧⠀
Do you believe that God has bigger plans for you than you have for yourself?⠀
✧⠀
"God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can even ask or imagine."⠀
Ephesians 3:20⠀
✧⠀
This is one of my favorite verses. Why? Because I can imagine quite a bit. And to think, God has even MORE in store for us, then our brains can even comprehend. That is truly unbelievable.⠀
✧⠀
So start dreaming guys. Because whatever you can come up with, rest in knowing that God wants to bless you even more than you can ask of him. 💫
✧⠀
NEW POST today! A few of you have asked about my stay at Tipi Village, so I've put together a post on where it is, what to expect, etc. Check it out, link in bio! 💋 www.lavendervines.com
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••⠀
#theadventurehandbook #travelgirls #radgirlscollective #glt #goplaces #topdeck #thediscoverer #travelgrams #topdecker #traveloften #photodiary #getlostclub #travelchannel #athomeintheworld #timeoutsociety  #propelwomen #Jesuslives #allglorytoGod  #lampandlight #christianblogger #faithinGod #spiritualjourney #proverbs31 #praisehim #Jesusislord #Godlovesyou  #praisethelord #proverbs #bedeeplyrooted #intentionalliving
  • "Keep your eyes on the one who is invisible."⠀
Hebrew 11:27⠀
✧⠀
I read this verse the other day and it stopped me in my tracks. It's not exactly mind-blowing advice, but for some reason, it caught me off guard. It's crazy to me how much of our faith is unseen. ⠀
✧⠀
When we are unsure of the chaos around us. Or when we become discouraged from the struggles in our life. Find strength in knowing that we live by faith, and not by sight. ⠀
✧⠀
Also - I'm excited to share a NEW POST from this gorgeous Navajo-land, The Ultimate Guide to Monument Valley. Love to know what you think! (link in bio!) 💋 www.lavendervines.com⠀
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••⠀
#theadventurehandbook #travelgirls #radgirlscollective #glt #goplaces #topdeck #thediscoverer #travelgrams #topdecker #traveloften #photodiary #getlostclub #travelchannel #athomeintheworld #timeoutsociety  #propelwomen #Jesuslives #allglorytoGod  #lampandlight #christianblogger #faithinGod #spiritualjourney #proverbs31 #praisehim #Jesusislord #Godlovesyou  #praisethelord #proverbs #bedeeplyrooted #intentionalliving

Follow Me!