Volcanoes: Seeing Seven Summits

Only a handful of people have attempted to climb the “Volcanic 7 Summits” —the continents’ tallest volcanoes. Adrian Rohnfelder, a photographer with a keen interest in volcanoes and adventure, has embarked on this extraordinary journey.

Adrian Rohnfelder cycles high above the steaming rainforests in the Kilimanjaro massif crosses the seething heat of the Atacama Desert in Chile and climbs the summit of Orizaba under dramatic circumstances. He knows the no-mans-land of the Antarctic and the spectacularly-glaciated Mount Sidley, so remote that only a handful of people have ever seen it.

Rohnfelder is the first travel and adventure photographer to climb the seven highest volcanoes across the Earth’s seven continents. Since 2008, when the “firework virus” first struck him in Indonesia, he has remained mesmerized by these glowing giants. His goal is not the volcano summit itself, but the photographs that emerge all along the journey there. His images tell the full story of his spectacular trips, recording the unique splendor of each country he encounters.

The result is a photography book that not only portrays the beauty and spectacle of volcanoes—the surface lava, the smoke, the intense heat, and colors—but also celebrates the rich beauty of our planet and its many peoples.

Through these dramatic images, we see both the power of the natural world and the diversity of human cultures around the globe. And contrary to common conception, Rohnfelder also shows us that from fire to ice is often less than a stone’s throw away.

Morning glow at the limestone terraces of Badab-e Surt in northeastern Iran.
Morning glow at the limestone terraces of Badab-e Surt in northeastern Iran.
Mountaineering in the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica
Mountaineering in the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica.
Mystic grassland in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
Mystic grassland in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
The impressive Orizaba Volcano in Mexico
The impressive Orizaba Volcano in Mexico.
Dreamlike reflection at the Mount Giluwe volcano in Papua New Guinea
Dreamlike reflection at the Mount Giluwe volcano in Papua New Guinea.
Dirty thunderstorm' at Sakurajima volcano in the south of Japan
Dirty thunderstorm’ at Sakurajima volcano in the south of Japan.
The view into the heart of the earth at the boiling lava lake Erta Ale in Ethiopia
The view into the heart of the earth at the boiling lava lake Erta Ale in Ethiopia.
With the e-Bike on almost 6000 meters at Kilimanjaro in Africa
With the e-Bike on almost 6000 meters at Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Explosion of colours in the Caucasus Mountains
An explosion of colors in the Caucasus Mountains.
Volcano Tres Cruzes at the Laguna Rosa in the Atacama Desert
Volcano Tres Cruzes at the Laguna Rosa in the Atacama Desert.

 

Adrian RohnfelderAdrian Rohnfelder, born in 1968, is a landscape, travel, and extreme nature photographer with a passion for fire and ice. Since 2005, he has focused on reportage from the most remote places on the planet, with a particular passion for volcanoes. His biggest project to date is the ascent of the highest volcanoes across the seven continents.

Adrian Rohnfelder is a Visionary and Ambassador for Olympus. His stories and photographs have been published and awarded internationally. He also documents his travels in exhibitions and multimedia shows and is now a sought-after guest on talk shows. He lives in Bad Homburg, Germany.

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