• Cities and Volcanoes – a Combination with a Difference!

    by  • March 22, 2015 • City Breaks, Naples, Reykjavik

    Head to Reykjavik or Naples for a city break with something extra.

     

    Eyjafjallajokull

    Eyjafjallajokull

    Many people these days are looking for a city break with a difference. They’ve visited many cities and want a little extra “something” such as a twin or triple centre break or a combination of a city with a few days spent in a mountain or lakeside resort. One option for a different kind of city break is to head for a city where there is the opportunity to visit a volcano in the same holiday!

    A Reykjavik city break offers the perfect opportunity to sample some of the most spectacular volcanic scenery on our planet. Iceland has thirty volcanoes and a long history of eruptions. Occasionally one of these volcanoes erupts with potentially disastrous results. In 2010 Eyjafjallajokull erupted and sent a plume of ash high into the atmosphere, disrupting air traffic over Europe and North America for many days. From Reykjavík it’s possible to take a full day excursion to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano including Gígjökull, a glacier that emerges from the Eyjafjallajökull crater.

    Gígjökull

    Gígjökull

    Just outside Reykjavík are the Bláfjöll or Blue Mountains which can be seen from most of the city. These mountains are made of lava which was mostly created in eruptions between 1211 and 1240. Any future volcanic activity is certainly likely to have a significant effect on the city.

    Another city break which can include a volcano is to the Italian city of Naples. An excursion to Mount Vesuvius is a popular option from Naples, being only 45 minutes away by road. Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. On a half day excursion from Naples you can travel right to the top of the volcano, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. It’s possible to peer into the crater and also to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful Bay of Naples.

    Mount Vesuvius

    Mount Vesuvius

    So, for something different why not combine cities and volcanoes? Reykjavik and Naples are two fascinating cities with spectacular geography and geology close by.