Hiking any mountain poses its fair share of challenges, dangers and rewards. Volcanoes, at least those that are still active, offer an added element of risk and reward that is especially appealing to adrenalin junkies with an affinity for nature. The seven volcanoes in this gallery are impressive, both for their beauty and power. From Mount Vesuvius to Mount Bromo, these behemoths are worth braving—of course, only in safe conditions.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.