This has to be seen: The volcano with blue lava

Photographer Olivier Grunewald explores the remote Indonesian volcano with streams of blue lava.
Impressive lava rivers of blue flames.
An eerie, mystical place to visit. © Olivier Grunewald
By Marc Schwarz

Most of us would run at mile at the sight of an erupting volcano. But for photographer Olivier Grunewald, the reward of witnessing the rare and mysterious sight of Indonesia's Kawah Ijen, a volcano near East Java, was more than worth it.

Flames shoot out of cracks in the rock five metres into the air, while the sulphuric gases are responsible for creating almost surreal blue streams of lava.

To get the shots, Grunewald needed to wear a mask at all times. But the adventure was well worth it, as his spectacular images show.

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