Mud volcano Romania

Romanian Mud Volcanoes

Let’s start with a definition of a mud volcano:

Mud volcano or mud dome refers to formations created by geo-exuded mud or slurries, water and gases. There are several geological processes that may cause the formation of mud volcanoes. Mud volcanoes are not true igneousvolcanoes as they produce no lava. The earth continuously exudes a mud-like substance, which may sometimes be referred to as a “mud volcano”. Mud volcanoes may range in size from merely 1 or 2 meters high and 1 or 2 meters wide, to 700 meters high and 10 kilometers wide.[1] Smaller mud exudations are sometimes referred to as mud-pots. The largest (man made) mud volcano is “Lusi” in Java, Indonesia, which is 10 kilometres (6 mi) in diameter.[2]  (Wikipedia)

Or, in other words, it looks like a small volcano and produces a mud-like substance.

Where in Europe can you find mud volcanoes? In Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Romania. If you are driving around in this last country, head to Berca and follow the signs saying “Vulcanii Noroiosi”. You have to pay a small fee at the entrance.

It is better to stay away from the mud. Lars didn’t and afterwards, his shoes were completely ruined.

As you can see, there is little vegetation near the mud (or muddy) volcanoes. This is due to the salty soil. Although these mud volcanoes are not majestic, they create a spectacular lunar landscape!

You can combine your visit to the mud volcanoes with a trip in the nearby Carpathian mountains. Don’t feel like staying in one of the many surrounding villages? The nearest town is Buzau, where hotels and restaurants are waiting for you. Want to know where Lars and I stayed? In our favourite place, of course! Have a look here; it takes a bit longer to reach the mud volcanoes though…


  • LeeN September 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Have seen similar in New Zealand – didn’t know I needn’t travel so far… :-)… I do like mud volcanoes – and the smell of them :-)… It takes you back to the dawn of earth, to the formation of stones – to the era when the planet was still a hot and semi-liquid blob in space, cooling down and sputtering…

    • Ingrid D. September 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      The things you learn from our website… 😉

      • LeeN September 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

        just amaaaaaazing… 🙂
        We’ll be in Normandy (FR) for 10 days – no volcanoes, but a beautiful coast line. And above all: remember the tapestry of Bayeux… :-)… William the Conquerer, the battle of Hastings, 1066… well, I’m gonna say hello to the old chap :-)!

  • kathryningrid September 18, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Hahaha! I can sympathize with Lars: when we first moved to Texas I was reckless enough to garden in my everyday shoes in the red clay soil here. Goodbye shoes!!! Hello gumboots. Sigh. Not the footwear of choice, when it’s so hot here all garden season, but better than losing more shoes to the mud! Great photos, as always, Ingrid!


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