Where do you even begin? We watched molten lava cracking, popping and hissing its way out of the ground before forming rivers and seeping its way, slowly, towards us.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that words can't really describe. You can feel your eyelashes and the hairs on your arm tingling from the heat.
The hike itself is uneven, as billed. You're on dried lava flow, what do you expect? Wear sensible shoes, hiking boots if possible, and take lots of water. It's hot! Little bits of rock will stick to your shoes and there's a good chance you will roll your ankle at least once if you do t have proper shoes on.
On the return journey, the sky was perfectly clear and there were stars stretching from horizon to horizon, with no artificial street lights. It was almost as incredible as the lave. Almost.
In my opinion, this isn't really for kids. They'll take children over the age of ten but it's a five-hour round-trip over tough terrain. Most people will want to get it over with, especially on the way back, so, unless your kids are tough and non-whiny, bring them back when they're up to it.
Our guide, Selma, was terrific. Knowledgable and tough. You want a balance between telling everyone what things are, and simply getting on with the walk. She was spot-on for that.
If you're reasonably fit, then this is truly one of the greatest things you'll ever do.
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