Discover Piton de la Fournaise Réunion

Climbing to the top of the volcano (7,745 ft) is easy, if you are in good health and well-equipped (take warm and waterproof clothing, because the weather changes very quickly). Allow roughly 5 hours as long as you carefully follow the signposts. Two highlights of the climb are crossing the Plaine des Sables (a vast moon-shaped sand expansion) and the view of the smoke and gas emanating from the craters. Stop at the Volcano House, conceived by volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft which is very didactic and shows impressive footage of past eruptions.

  • Piton de la Fournaise , 'Piton de la Fournaise' , Réunion
    'Piton de la Fournaise'

    An active volcano, the peak manages to inspire awe and fear at the same time. To get there, you have to cross a vast lunar expanse of sandy plains.

    © Sylvain Grandadam
  • Piton de la Fournaise , Hikes on the volcano , Réunion
    Hikes on the volcano

    Depending on how active the volcano is, it is possible to go down into its crater. Although this hike is accessible to practically everyone, it is vital to pay attention to changes in the weather.

    © MATTES Rene
  • Piton de la Fournaise , Piton de la Fournaise erupting , Réunion
    Piton de la Fournaise erupting

    It last erupted in December 2010, although there was an alert of a possible eruption in February 2011 that never occurred.

    © Ed Scott / AGEFotostock
  • Piton de la Fournaise , The sight of an eruption , Réunion
    The sight of an eruption

    Even though eruptions are to be feared, the shows they put on when they do are magnificent, especially at night.

    © Valérie KOCH / 123RF
  • Piton de la Fournaise , Lava flows , Réunion
    Lava flows

    Lots of tourists come to watch the lava flowing down the east side of the volcano. Some such flows date back more than 30 years and are still smoking.

    © Ed Scott / AGEFotostock
  • Piton de la Fournaise , The island's main attraction , Réunion
    The island's main attraction

    The volcano is one of the island's main attractions, and visiting it gives you insight into the terrain of Reunion Island.

    © MATTES Rene
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