Blue Flame Phenomenon of Ijen Crater


Ijen Crater is part of the Nature Reserve Ijen Tour. Administratively, Ijen Crater is located in the two districts of the Banyuwangi and Bondowoso. Ijen crater is located above the height 2.443 meters above sea level and is part of Mount Ijen; one of the volcanoes is still active in Java Island.
Ijen Crater Caldera
Ijen Crater Caldera

The name of the Ijen has known the world since the advent of two tourists from French Nicolas Hulot and his wife Katia Kraft in 1971. They wrote the story of the enchantment of the Ijen Crater along with the harsh lives of the miner's slabs of sulfur in the magazine Geo, France. Two this becomes the main attraction for tourists and world photographer.

Ijen Crater is a crater that has the most acidic levels in the world. Have the wall of the massive caldera 300-500 meters, while width reaches 5.466 hectares. For the size of his own crater approximately 20 km. The crater has a depth of about 300 meters on the wall of the caldera. Regarding natural attractions of this panorama has an exquisite natural charm. In the morning you will see the scenery of the sunrise which is remarkable. Ijen Crater has a quite extraordinary beauty with the lake of sulfur is green Tosca with a touch of dramatic and beautiful. Lake Ijen has degree zero acid and has the depth of 200 meters. A high acid can dissolve human fingers and clothes.


Things to do in the Ijen Crater Blue Fire


Crater Ijen have the atmosphere of the hill become a special appeal for you to visit Crater Ijen. Not only that the enchantment of the rising sun offered at the Ijen Crater and the most anticipated later from the tourists who came here is to observe the natural phenomenon of the directly ‘’Blue Flame’’ in Ijen Crater that you can enjoy in the early morning until about 05.00 am.

Not only scenery that you can find is natural phenomenon namely the view of the Lake crater green fringe corners. That will hypnotize every visitor who comes around. The visitors who came here also can see the mining process sulfur, not only that houses near Ijen Crater you can visit agrotourism, and here you will be shown how to treat of coffee.

See Blue Flame Phenomenon

Ijen Crater offers an exotic beauty back in the early days. The sulfur liquid that flows from the incessant under the crater glows blue flame poses. This phenomenon occurred just two in the world that Iceland's first and second there in Ijen crater. To enjoy the spectacular views of this nature you should climb Mount Ijen, which started around 2 a.m. at the entrance (Paltuding), by holding her cold mountain air temperature reaches 10 Celsius degree movies, even can reach 2 degrees Celsius. But it will not be felt with an incredible sight that you will go through during the hike.

Traditional Sulfur Mining


Sulfur Miners
Sulfur Miners
Ijen Crater is a crater that is used for sulfur mining territory which is in Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, which is also the largest sulfur mining in Indonesia and still uses traditional ways of processing. Ijen Crater has sulfur that will never run out because it can come out continuously by itself. Sublimates sulfur is beneficial for the needs of the chemical industry, also, can also be used for purification of sugar. In the southeast side of the Ijen Crater, there is fumarole field which is always issuing volcanic gasses with a high enough concentration of sulfur so often creates a very pungent smell.

Generally, the sulfur miners making improvements on foot, down the caldera as far as 3 km to take sulfur. It is not an easy thing to do because they still must dig in advance using the tools potluck. Then the stones are broken down and put in the same large baskets. Sulfur miners can carry stones weighing 100 kg. This is not a burden that is lightweight and easy to do. In addition to anticipating the strong scent of sulfur fumes, they use breathing masks are used as improvised protective.

Coffee Agro


If you depart from Bondowoso, you will pass through the area of Arabica coffee plantation. It's worth stopping by and tries the wise ones are here. You can walk around the estate and see the process of picking up of processing to produce the best coffee with the taste.


How to get to Ijen Crater


For those of you coming from out of town, you can visit this place by using aircraft accommodation can transit in Surabaya's Juanda Airport for International flight path, or it could be a direct transit at the airport Blimbingsari Banyuwangi to the local flight path after that you could use ground transportation.

For the first route that you can go through to make a road trip from Banyuwangi toward Licin sub-district, this is about 15 km. In this path, you can use the motor vehicle or car. From a slick Sub, towards Patulding about 18 km from here, you can rent a jeep type car because the road where considerable winding and uphill. The journey about 1 hour then you will get Patulding which is the entrance to get to Ijen Crater.

Also for those of you who transit in Surabaya, You can pass the route North of Situbondo heading towards Sempol subdistrict Bondowoso through Wonosari and then resumed the journey to Patulding. This route is more easily traversed, and the road is still good so you could use private vehicles without having to rent a jeep. Travel mileage between Situbondo towards Patulding about 93 km. Following up on Patulding, you can walk as far as 3 km to Ijen Crater. This route is very scenic, assembled rows of pine trees and the coffee trees are neatly laid welcome anyone who passed through it.

The price of admission domestic tourists to Ijen crater is Rp. 5.000 (weekdays) and Rp. 7.500 (holidays). As for the foreign tourists, its price is Rp. 100.000 ($10) (weekdays) and Rp. 150.00 ($12) (holidays).

The best time to visit tourist attractions in East Java is during the dry season between July and September. In these months likely not going to rain so the terrain or road climbing relatively safe and you can enjoy the beauty of the Ijen Crater.

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