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5 unusual ways to discover Piton de La Fournaise

 Unique and unforgettable moments

To visit one of the most active volcanoes in the world, you can, of course, do it the traditional way by hiking. But that’s not the only way to get acquainted with the lava titan! Here are 5 unusual ways to discover Piton de La Fournaise.


Au cœur d'un tunnel de lave à La Réunion
Au cœur d'un tunnel de lave à La Réunion
Au cœur d'un tunnel de lave à La Réunion


2. Piton de La Fournaise from the air

Watching a volcano erupt, quite safely, is a dream that can now come true. On a helicopter or a microlight, adrenaline levels rise as you gain height. Flying over the famous Piton de la Fournaise is an incredible experience, but it becomes truly exceptional when there is an eruption! The lava fountains splash the orange sky and the molten magma rushes down the slopes sweeping aside everything in its path. Being in the best seats to watch this show is indescribable and a real privilege.

An aerial adventure

3. Mountain biking over Piton de La Fournaise

While roaming the lunar landscapes of Piton de la Fournaise  is already an adventure in itself, even this experience can be spiced up a bit. Are you cycling enthusiasts? You can hit the trails on a mountain bike with a professional and feel that sweet sensation of freedom pumping through your veins! And if you’re a bit of a trend-setter, you can even go for a ride on a Segway or recumbent bike along the marbled flank of the volcano.

How’s that for unusual and thrilling.

4. Visit Piton de La Fournaise using an app

Piton de la Fournaise is something you must experience at least once in your life. To make the climb to its summit more fun you can always try “The route to the Volcano through the ages”. With this free app, travellers can roam the route to the volcano in a fun and interactive way. They can discover how the “Men of the Volcano” lived and worked on this mountain. An exciting journey back in time for a different view of Piton de La Fournaise. You can download the app directly to your phone or rent a tablet from the Cité du Volcan museum.

Explore the route of the volcano in a playful way

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5. With a mountain guide

What do you do next ?

The adventure continues