Traveling by private volcano in the middle of the ocean
• Traveling by private volcano in the middle of the ocean
White Island in New Zealand is not quite an island. In fact, it is an active volcano, most of which is hidden under the water. It comes to the surface only a top diameter of two kilometers. Island landscapes abound acid and unnatural colors, why it seems that he was on another planet. I do not know whether there were shooting fiction films, it seems to me, is the most suitable place.
Interestingly, the Maori (indigenous people of New Zealand) thrice sold Volcano European industrialists. Now the island - it is private property and you can get here only after obtaining special permission. Tour can not be called cheap: our mission cost $ 5000. However, the price tag does not scare people: According to the pilot, he flies to the island twice, and sometimes three times a day. At the same time in his company - three helicopters. At the same time in New Zealand - a number of companies that are engaged in guided tours on White. In general, - good to have a house in the village of Volcano in the ocean. Today, I suggest you save $ 5000 and look at the scenery, volcanic island in this photo ...
To get to the island in two ways - through the water or air. We chose the second option. The flight was very picturesque.
The center of the island - is a volcano:
In spite of the activity of the crater open to the public. All tourists give respirators, without which walk on the crater hard: Circle sulfur geysers, it is impossible to breathe and hurts your eyes:
When we arrived - we saw on the bank of four or five helicopters:
In the past the island was mined sulfur. Production of rolled after the tragedy in 1914: the volcano woke up and destroyed during the eruption of a large part of the factory buildings:
From shore to go on foot crater:
If you look closely, in the center of the frame is visible trodden path. You can walk only on special routes ^
A hole in the ground - one of sulfur geysers:
Stay on track - the center of the crater. It is there that the peak of activity:
After the island runs a small rivulet.
Here and there there are mud dips in the ground, and according to the guides, they are constantly changing place.
In some failures boils boiling water:
Yellow sulfur on the ground forms.
The requirement to walk along the paths due to just not to fall into one of the emerging gaps:
Our company in helmets on background smoke reminded me of the heroes of the series "Breaking Bad":
In the center of the crater is a lake. Above the surface of the wind howled, then pumping, then blowing clouds of white steam:
On the way we met a group of tourists from the boat. Water journey takes about five hours:
The valley of the crater:
to fly away from the island. Ruined sulfur plant on the coast:
On the way back I noticed that the helicopter there is a place for iPhone. Until a few years and the USB-port certainly appear on the International Space Station ...