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Jump To our World Volcanoes Guide below for sightseeing, hiking and climbing famous volcanoes.

What is happening with the world's volcanoes today?  World map and status information.
 

Do you want to visit a volcano? There are more websites covering volcanoes than there are stars in the heavens! Here are some wonderful sites that have information on both active and famous inactive (dormant or extinct) volcanoes in the world.

Best Websites.  The best volcano sites we have found on the web are here:
 

Smithsonian Volcanoes of the World   active, dormant, extinct
Volcano World  active, dormant, extinct
Volcanoes.com   active, dormant, extinct
ThinkQuest   active, dormant, extinct
Earth's Active Volcanoes active volcanoes
Two Concise lists:   
Famous Volcanoes    Major Volcanoes Active in 20th Century
Best Volcano Websites List:   NMZIA

Best Book Online.  Robert I. Tilling of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has written the definitive book on Volcanoes Thanks USGS for making it available on-line.
 

Just for Kids Gander Academy's Volcanoes Theme Page  The 5th grade students at the Gander Academy in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada have made a wonderful page about volcanoes.
The Volcano WebQuest.  Be a reporter named Scoop hot on the trail of volcanoes.
Eduscapes.com Topic - Volcano.  Basic information and a whole bunch of neat links to other websites. They also have some classroom project ideas.
 
Volcanoes

Volcano World. The premier website with information on volcanoes of the world.
 
Earth's Active Volcanoes.  A beautiful website with a list, by region, of the active volcanoes of the world plus a link to a website that covers each volcano.
 
Ecuador Volcanoes A beautiful website on Ecuador's volcanoes. 
 
NASA Visible Earth - Volcanoes.  Wonderful images, visualizations and animations of volcanoes.  Fly over Mt. St. Helens!
 
Pacific Ring of Fire.  75% of the world's volcanoes are located in the Pacific area known as the ring of fire.  This site has a map showing the location of these volcanoes.
 

Peakware World Mountain Encyclopedia.  This is the best website we have found for anyone interested in climbing or hiking mountains of the world, including volcanoes.  It has a wealth of practical information and is easy to navigate.
 

Terrestrial VolcanoesThis website has views of well-known volcanoes taken from space, as well as, volcano movies. There is also a nice write-up on The Nature of Volcanoes and Principal Types of Volcanoes adapted from the U.S. Geological Survey's publication, Volcanoes, by Robert Tilling.
 
ThinkQuest- Volcanoes  This is their Entry Page to get to their Volcanoes Online website. Click on the Click Here link on the page to get to their beautiful and comprehensive Volcanoes Online website. This  site has comprehensive information about volcanoes, as well as, a data base of well known volcanoes in the world. Click on the Volcanic database menu item to reach the list of volcanoes.
 
USGS Volcanoes of the World The United States Geological Survey Department's  site with an extensive list and links to websites covering both active and inactive volcanoes of the world.
 
Volcanoes.com  A beautiful, comprehensive website covering volcanoes.
 
Tours

Specialty Travel Index  They list adventure companies by specialty and geographic area. They have a Volcano Tours category with listings of companies that offer trips to volcanoes.
 
Google Search Volcano Tours  A good list of companies that offer tours to volcanoes worldwide.
Famous
World Volcanoes Guide

We list 25 of the most active and the most famous volcanoes.
Active
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Volcano has erupted since 1900.  Dormant -Volcano has erupted in historical times, but not since 1900.   Extinct - There are no historical records of the volcano having displayed volcanic activity or having erupted.

Clicking on the volcano name will take you to a website about it.
 Volcano Height Country

Status, View, Hike, Climb

Aconcagua
Highest mountain in Western Hemisphere
6,962 m
 22,841 ft
 Argentina
Status Extinct     
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Arenal 1,552 m
 5,092 ft
 Costa Rica
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Chimborazo 6,267 m
 20,561 ft
 Ecuador
Status Extinct     
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Cotopaxi 5,897m
 19,347 ft
 Ecuador
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
El Chichon 2,225 m
 7,300 ft
 Mexico
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Erta Ale 503 m
 1,650 ft
 Ethiopia
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Krakatau 818 m
 2,685 ft
 Sumatra, Indonesia
 Sundra Strait
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Mauna Loa
Highest volcano in world from ocean floor. (30,000 ft)
4,169 m
 13,681 ft
 Hawaii, USA
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Merapi 2,911 m
 9,550 ft
 Java, Indonesia
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895 m
19,335.6 ft.
 Tasmania
 Africa
Status Dormant       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google    About.com
Mont Pelee 1,397 m
 4,583 ft
 Martinique
 Caribbean
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Mount Erebus 4,023 m
 13,200 ft
 Ross Island,
 McMurdo Sound
 Antarctica
Status Report      
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Mount Fuji (Fuji-san)
 Climbing Story
3,776 m  12,389 ft  Honshu, Japan
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Mt. Etna 3,323 m
 10,902 ft
 Sicily, Italy
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Mt. Kilauea 4,317 m
 14,162 ft
 Hawaii, USA
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Pacaya 2,543 m
 8,346 ft
 Guatemala
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Pinatubo 1,759 m
 5,770 ft
 Luzon, Philippines
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Piton De La Fournaise
(Furnace Peak)
2,631 m
 8,631 ft
 Reunion Island
 Southeast Africa
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Popocatepetl 5,452 m
 17,887 ft
 Puebla, Mexico
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Rabaul 688 m
 2,257 ft x
 Papua New Guinea
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Soufriere Hills 968 m
 3,176 ft
 Montserrat
 Caribbean
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
St. Helens

2,549 m
 8,364 ft

 Washington, USA
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Stromboli 928 m
 3,045 ft
 Sicily, Italy
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Unzen 1,360 m
 4,462 ft
 Kyushu, Japan
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Vesuvius 1,281 m
 4,203 ft
 Pompeii, Italy
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Peakware   Google
Yasur 361 m
 1,184 ft

 Tanna Island, Vanuatu

 
Status Report       
View: Google
Hike: Google
Climb: Google
Notes:  We use the Peakware definitions for volcano status of active, dormant and extinct because we found no official definitions!  Some organizations also include an intermittent status.  If the volcano is active, we include a Status: ReportThe Report link will take you to the Smithsonian/USGS report on the volcano.
 
View
means seeing a volcano but not hiking or climbing it. Hike general means hiking around the base or lower parts of a volcano although some resources include hiking to the summit when you do not have to be a mountain climber. (Trek and Trekking are other terms that mean the same as hike and hiking.)  Climb means climbing to the summit when you must normally be an experienced mountain climber.  For easy volcanoes requiring only good physical condition to reach the summit, adventure companies refer to the trip as either hiking or climbing.
 
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