About Blue Flame Ijen Crater
About Blue Flame Ijen Crater is one of the wonder crater in Indonesia located in Banyuwangi, Java Island Indonesia. but most tourist still seldom to know about Blue Flame on Ijen Crater because it seem only at night.
Blue Flame Ijen Crater is a rare phenomenon that only has two in the world. Only one can be seen in Iceland (Iceland), Europe. And the other is in Ijen Crater, Banyuwangi, East Java. This bluish light appears only at 02.00-04.00. His appearance is also sometimes large, small, even invisible. Local weather greatly affects its appearance. When the rainy season, the blue flame Ijen Crater is rather ‘shy’ or rather small, rather than during the dry season. When the dry season is believed to be the ideal time to see Ijen Crater. Besides Ijen volcano will look bigger, the possibility of rain, will certainly be smaller than it has entered the rainy season. Rain makes the climb more difficult because the road will be more slippery and of course wet. This condition will certainly be difficult during the Ijen Crater climb process.
However, if there is an opportunity in the rainy season, why not? Of course with all the consequences. The reason is, the opportunity to see firsthand this phenomenon, needs to be tried, even once in a lifetime. In addition to the burning determination, to be able to see directly the blue flame Ijen Crater, strong physical needs are needed. The terrain is enough to make the enthusiasm that has been burning since leaving. Climbing should start earlier to pursue this blue flame Ijen Crater.
The appearance is only briefly, less than one hour before changing in the morning. Ijen Crater Climbing begins with a relatively gentle slope but climbs, Ijen Crater with a slope of about 30 degrees. Conditions that are rather sandy make it necessary to be careful to climb especially the beginners. The road is relatively wide about five meters to the right or left side of the cliff. climbing at night, there is no other lighting, apart from the flashlight. We recommend that the flashlight placed on the head (headlamp) so that the hands become more free. Before climbing, the temperature is relatively cold. But when it starts to climb, the body temperature also increases, so the jacket that was initially worn feels ‘hot’. Even foreign tourists are seen wearing only shorts.
In fact, The Ijen Crater temperatures during the rainy season can be less than 10 degrees Celsius and can even be minus during the dry season. This uphill terrain is about 1.5km and then changes to flat because the terrain is circling the mountain.After getting a ‘bonus’ field that was flat about 1km, it went up again and finally met a stall which the climber called a canteen.In this canteen, climbers usually take short breaks, urinate or defecate, enjoy food or drink sold in the stall.After a little less fatigue, continued the journey to get to the Ijen Volcano summit of Mt Ijen. Arriving at this peak , climbers may be proud because they have made it to the position of 2,386 meters above sea level (meters below sea level). Mt Ijen elevation board is a favorite for climbers to take pictures for Ijen Volcano
How to see Blue Flame Ijen volcano Banyuwangi?
On this climb, if you don’t want to walk, there is a service by riding a cart that is usually used to transport sulfur. Services are available at Ijen Banyuwangi. If the cart is to be climbed the climber will be given a kind of mattress to make it more soft to sit on. To ride this cart when climbing, the fees charged are not cheap. Between IDR 700,000 and IDR 1 million, depending on the passenger weight. This cart was pulled by 3 people. Two in front that pull the cart, and one to push so it is lighter for pulling it. Meanwhile, if it is in a down position, the costs charged are relatively cheaper, only IDR 100,000. Besides decreasing, just one person is encouraged to drive the cart. There was a feeling of relief after arriving at Ijen volcano Peak.
But, in truth, the struggle to see the blue flame Ijen will only begin. Climbing 3 km is like warming up to reach the bottom of the crater where the flame is located. Although the distance is only 800 meters, the terrain is steep with large, sharp rocks, with a slope of about 45 degrees. Moreover, of course the conditions are dark. Plus, we have to wear special masks. The crater is covered in smoke or gas which can cause shortness of breath. If the condition is not fit can make fainting and even die. This mask can be rented. However, this mask is usually not always used. The guide will see the wind direction from the smoke. When you move away or are straight towards the sky, the mask is enough to be worn around the neck without being worn on the nose and mouth.
When at the point of exhaustion facing the steep terrain, spirit will emerge again, when bumping into sulfur miners. Unlike climbers who only carry small bags of drinking water or food, these miners carry baskets containing heavy sulfur. Seeing them, the enthusiasm that had come down, rose again because there was a feeling of ‘shame’. Travel time to reach the blue fire from the Peak of the Crater, averaging 1-1.5 hours, depending on physical conditions. And finally, the hunted amazing fire appeared. Sure enough, the fire wasn’t too big. But it’s quite awe. Besides that there is a sense of pride in that achievement. Because to see this rare fire not everyone can achieve it. Immediately took a cellphone to capture the moment because the fire immediately disappeared. As the morning begins to dawn, the fire slowly shrinks and disappears.
However, the beauty of the Ijen Crater does not fade as the blue flame Ijen Crater disappears. When the sunlight starts to illuminate the crater area, you can see the ‘original’ scene. The steep rocks that overnight can only be seen from a short distance, seen as a whole. We stand under the crater with a ‘rock’ steep rock. There is a feeling that ‘small’ is in a location that is actually quite dangerous. There is another rare sight, which is said to be the largest acid lake in the world. The lake has a depth of 200 meters with an area of about 5,466 hectares. The color of the lake is Tosca which is very beautiful. Not enough lakes, a sight that is no less scarce, can see sulfur miners up close.
How the sulfur of Ijen Crater is mined and the process is happening. If you want to try to transport sulfur, you can try it too. But usually for people clouds will be difficult to lift.Want to take photos of miners and even then they usually want to. But some miners asked for money when they finished taking pictures. Although it does not determine rates. Satisfied taking pictures and lingering for the rare beauty, getting ready to climb to the top. If it’s just overnight, in a deteriorating condition the physical condition must be strong, when going home, of course the opposite is true, namely climbing.
Again, sulfur miners at Ijen Crater become ‘encouraging’. After reaching the Ijen Crater rim, you can take pictures again because there are many interesting spots around Ijen to take photos of. Next go to the hiking trail to go home. If last night only darkness at Ijen volcano was seen, at morning, it turned out that the scenery presented was so beautiful. Rows of mountains, namely Merapi, Raung which was covered in fog made a trip several times to stop to capture the scenery. When you go home, it’s relatively faster because of the decreased position and the air that is so fresh and rich in oxygen. With us Mt Bromo Sunrise Tour can Explore Blue Flame.