5 tips for travellers looking to see Mount Ijen’s blue fire

The blue fire at Mount Ijen, East Java, is often sought by tourists and backpackers who love photography. As the sulfuric gas is vented out of the mountain known for its sulfur mining, it mixes with oxygen and ignites into a vibrant, neon blue flame.

Unfortunately, the blue fire phenomenon, which only occurs in two places in the world, Indonesia and Iceland, does not always appear at any time of day.

Here are some tips for hunting Mt Ijen’s blue flames to ensure that you have a satisfying trip as compiled by KompasTravel.


The best time to see the blue fire is at midnight because when the sky is dark, the blue colour will appear more clearly.

Depart at around 1 a.m. It may take around two hours to reach where the blue fire is most frequent.

The blue flames will decrease in size at around 5 a.m., so don’t leave too late.


During the rainy season, Mt Ijen’s blue flames are weaker, while in the dry season they are bigger.

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