Thursday, 10 November 2011

Hiking the mount Vesuvius, views of the crater and Naples

In the previous article we saw how the volcano Vesuvius destroyed the city of Pompeii in the year 79. Now the mountain is about 1.000 metres lower. We start our relatively easy hike to the top of the crater. Sometimes the walking path is a bit steep and you feel it in your legs. On your way up, the views of the city and the bay of Naples becomes more and more spectacular. The crater was just a deep pit with rocks, where is the lava? My first top of a crater was not what I expected but it was still impressive. The volcano is still active and you see occasionally some smoke and steam. A park guide explained us that by taking the temperature of the escaping steam they measure the activity of the volcano. If the temperatures would rise significantly, it could indicate a higher risk for eruption. The regular checks ensure that there is no danger for visitors. The hike from the bus stop to the end point of the crater and back, is a walk of approximately 1,5 hours. Go for it, you don’t have to be an athlete to conquer the Vesuvius.

In ons vorige artikel kon je lezen dat de Vesuvius de stad Pompeii vernietigde in het jaar 79. Nu is de vulkaan ongeveer 1.000 meter lager. We starten onze wandeling naar de top van de krater. Soms is het wandelpad steil en dat voel je na een tijdje in de benen. Op weg naar de top, worden de panorama’s van de Napels met zijn beroemde baai meer en meer indrukwekkend. De krater is juist een grote diepe put met rotsen en steen. Waar is de lava? Mijn eerste krater was niet wat ik er van verwachte maar het was nog steeds indrukwekkend. De vulkaan is nog steeds actief en af en toe zie je wat rook of stoom ontsnappen. Een parkgids legde ons uit dat door het nemen van de temperatuur van de stoom, de activiteit van de vulkaan wordt opgemeten. Als de temperaturen sterk stijgen wijst dit op verhoogde activiteit en meer risico op een uitbarsting. Door dagelijkse controles wordt de veiligheid van bezoekers gegarandeerd. De wandeling van de busstop naar het eindpunt van de krater en terug duurt ongeveer 1,5 uur. Ga er voor! Je hoeft geen atleet te zijn om dit aan te kunnen..

Mount Vesuvius
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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the pictures Filip! The volcano looks easy to hike with being at 1000 m high. And, you have a great view of the crater as well as Naples, a famous footballing city!
    The pictures are simply awesome!

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  2. Great view to the city of Naples.
    J+C

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  3. Great pictures from your tour to the Vesuvius. Stunning pink in the flowers and on the top. Amazing overview. Thank you for sharing !

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  4. Der Krater ist ja beeindruckend...das sind gewaltige Aufnahmen....danke für die tolle Serie...
    LG: Karin

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  5. Oh, they have walking trails all around it! And I love your pictures, the flowers are beautiful! What a great view!!! I see there is a city down there, and you mentioned that there are people living there on your last post. Why would anyone want to live at the base of an active volcano?? I imagine the authorities would be able to warn people now, by taking the steam temperature. But their houses would all be destroyed.

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  6. You are very brave! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I really like your life style; you travel a lot and you dance; and you look good together.
    These Vesuvius fotos are great and intersting.
    Have nice and good week.!

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  8. Wow, hiking under such hot sun? Surely an unforgettable experience!

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  9. Wow, what a view of the city below. I can see why it is still dangerous for the townspeople with an active volcano so close.

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  10. Yes, dancing and hiking can be a twin brothers of yours.


    So good..

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  11. Wow.. beautiful photos Filip.. I think i would be scared to go near an active volcano.. I'd imagine it blowing up when I'm right next to it.. Yikes!

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  12. Kristel's top matches the bright leaves of that plant! It looks like quite a climb - reminds me a little of the Great Wall.

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  13. What an experience and what a view from the top!!

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  14. i ve been to naples but couldnt go to the volcano. at least i ve been to pompay

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  15. Gorgeous shots up on vesuvius! We went up there too... What amazing havoc this volcano did!

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