Piton de la Fournaise

Elevation (feet): 8,631
Elevation (meters): 2,631
Continent: Africa
Country: Reunion
Range/Region: Reunion Island
Latitude: -21.2333
Longitude: 55.7167
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 2004
Nearest major airport: St. Denis, Réunion Island
Convenient Center: St. Denis, Réunion Island

Piton de la Fournaise is an active volcano, rising from the Indian Ocean in the southeastern corner of Réunion Island. Access is easy, as the mountain's frequent volcanic activity is a tourist attraction, so rides and tours are readily available. The walk to the top is as easy as getting there. The glowing lava showers are impressive during both day and night, and camping is permitted near the volcano's rim. The mountain's most recent eruptions were in 1986 and 1992.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Piton de la Fournaise.

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  • Log #2189 - by Paul Taylor on Sep 26, 2004
    Amazing landscape, where its hard to judge the scale, since everything is so vast ! The lava flows are fascinating, and create a feeling of the violence of the volcano even many years later. We...
  • Log #2190 - by Johann Fuchs on Nov 10, 2002
    Easy walking if you start at the 'Pas de Bellecombe'. Best to be back before noon, because fog sets in after that time. Impressing views on the roudtrip around the top craters. Took us 5 hours...
  • Log #2191 - by Abigail Hunters on Oct 14, 2002
    I am just interested in this volcano and plan to visit it one day. What is th present day geological structure of Réunion island? What is the composition of the volcano? I know it erupts quite a...
  • Log #2192 - by Mr. Lauri Leppik on July 26, 1999
    If you haven't had a chance to glance into the crater of an active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise gives you a good opportunity to come over this shortage. But even more beatiful than the dawn at Pas...