25 of the Most Beautiful Crater Lakes in the World
From Travel Oven, 2014
Most of the big and not so big lakes – are not only a source of drinking water, but also important tourist attractions. Here is a list of wonderful 25 lakes in the world. We will show why they are remarkable and why you should see it.
In Indonesia, Lake Segara Anak, Mount Rinjani, Lombok.
Lake Toba, North Sumatra, World’s Largest Caldera Lake & the Site of the Toba Supervolcano that created the Ice Age. It is “the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world.”
Rano Kau is a crater lake which is on mysterious and hauntingly beautiful Easter Island. This lake is one of only three natural bodies of fresh water on the island.
After 3 hours of painstaking clambering up loose scree, I could see the whole of Lomok a volcanic island. The triangle shadow on the horizon is the shadow of Rinjani herself at sunrise. To the right of the shadow on the horizon is Bali again (very small). In the middle of the crater (which measures 20Km across) is the newer Gunug Baru on the lake (Danau Segara Anak),” wrote the photographer.
The Hnausapollur Bláhylur lake in a deep, volcanic crater. Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland.
Deriba Crater Lake at Jebel Marra – Darfur, Sudan. “The 5-kilometer-wide Deriba Caldera was formed by explosive eruption of the Jebel Marra Volcano approximately 3,500 years ago. The volcano is considered dormant, rather than extinct, as hot springs and fumaroles (gas and steam vents) are still present.”
Maly Semiachik volcano – crater lake. Kamchatka Peninsula, Far East Russia. “Pale blue water fills the lake. The color may be due to fine silica particles.” Russia has several crater lakes, including two that are artificial since they were created by atomic testing.
La Cumbre volcano, Fernandina Island, Galapagos. To illustrate how quickly a crater lake can change, this was photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station in 2002. But this crater lake has returned to its explosive beginnings. Wikipedia stated that it began erupting again in April 2009. It’s now the most active volcano of the Galapagos Islands.
Mt. Shirane, crater lake in Japan.
Kelimutu Colored Lakes – Komodo, Indonesia. Home to Komodo National Park: Where Dragons Still Rule.
Lonar Crater Lake at Aurangabad, India. Lonar crater lake was formed by a meteor strike about 50,000 years ago.
Lago Biao. “Wow. It was worth the 2+ hour uphill hike to this crater lake, which is at about 2000m elevation and situated in the southern half of the island of Bioko.”
Top: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, panorama. Bottom: Crater lake, Wizard Island.
Whakaari/White Island Crater Lake in New Zealand.
Also in Iceland is Ljótipollur, Landmannalaugar. “The Ljótipollur is an explosion crater in Iceland in the Landmannalaugar area. Ljótipollur means something like Ugly modderpot, but it has really nice red colored walls and is filled with greenish water that contains many trout. A short side road from the intersection of the Fjallabaksleið and Landmannaleið leads to the top.”
Iceland, Klausturhólar- Kerið, a volcanic crater lake in the southwestern part of Iceland, “is approximately 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across. Kerið’s caldera is one of the three most recognizable volcanic craters because at approximately 3,000 years old, it is only half the age of most of the surrounding volcanic features. While most of the crater is steep-walled with little vegetation, one wall is sloped more gently and blanketed with a deep moss, and can be descended fairly easily. The lake itself is fairly shallow (7–14 metres, depending on rainfall and other factors), but due to minerals from the soil, is an opaque and strikingly vivid aquamarine.
154 square miles (400 sq kms) of volcanic area called Devil’s Slope, Argentina, is home to the world’s largest crater field. The Bajada del Diablo field is pocked with at least 100 depressions left by meteorite or comet collisions about 130,000 to 780,000 years ago. After capturing this image of a crater lake there, the photographer wrote, “The Celestial Equator: At the Celestial equator the stars are almost at the same distance from both celestial poles so they seem to travel in a straight line. The South Celestial pole is towards the top left of the photo. The North Celestial pole is below the horizon towards the bottom-right.”
‘An Infernal Bath’, New Zealand, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Inferno Crater Lake.
Lake Marjorie, Kings Canyon National Park. The photographer wrote, “Lakes in the High Sierra come in a number of colors. Lake Marjorie, at 11,132′ has an aquamarine ‘swimming pool’ tint. Crater Mountain dominates the skyline, with Pinchot Pass to the south. I was happy to see clouds at dawn, but by noon a fast moving storm was spitting hail, thunder, and lightning as we cleared Mather Pass. Damn, this spot is gorgeous.”
The Okama Crater Lake at Mount Zaō, Japan. According to Wikipedia, it is “also known as the ‘Five Color Pond’ because it changes color depending on the weather.” It “lies in a crater formed by a volcanic eruption in the 1720s. The lake is 360 meters (1,200 ft) in diameter and 60 m (200 ft) deep, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
Lake Pinatubo is not the only such lake in the Philippines. This is the Crater Lake at the Mouth of Taal Volcano in Luzon.
Lake Pinatubo, Philippines, formed after the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo has filled with water from monsoon rains. At 800 m (2,600 ft), it is the deepest lake in the Philippines
Deepest crater lake in the Unitas Mountains of Utah.
Lake Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the western most volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The crater is about 2 miles wide and the lake is about 820 feet deep. It is tinted green by dissolved minerals.