Kawah Ijen aka Mount Ijen is the stratovolcanoes and the home of the phenomenal blue flame. Ever since it was mentioned by National Geographic that the Kawah Ijen blue flame is one of the only two spots to witness this natural phenomenon, it has attracted many mid-night hikers to catch a glimpse of this extraordinary blue flame. According to the gas geochemist, such blue flame is a rare phenomenon which can only be seen in two places in the world, one is in Iceland, and the other one is at Kawah Ijen, Indonesia.
Getting to Bangyuwangi, Indonesia
In general, there are two main ways to get to Kawah Ijen. One of the most popular routes is via Bali, Indonesia, but this route is long and tough, which I don’t really suggest. From Bali, you will need to hire a vehicle from Kuta, Bali and drive up to 195 km, approximately 5 hours of journey to Gilimanuk, the western port in Bali. There, you will change to ferry to Ketapang, Bangyuwangi, the Java mainland. The ferry crossing takes about 30 mins to cross over, and I would strongly suggest taking a rest at Bangyuwangi before the climb.