Kamchatka (Russia): Goreliy Volcano

Goreliy means “burnt” in Russian, and this stark volcano lives up to its name – it’s an active volcano with multiple steaming and smoking craters and enough smoke to cover the sun in the middle of the brightest day. It’s a massive shield volcano that has been in a continuous state of eruption for hundreds of years, and its caldera is nearly 12 km in diameter. There are multiple craters, some filled with lakes, and some fuming with smoke; there are dozens of cinder cones in various state of activity. Once you climb to the caldera level – it’s a surreal world of another planet up there. And views away from the volcano offer stunning panoramas of Kamchatka.