Well worth a day trip, this volcanic island is almost entirely black lava and red scoria. The pest eradication program has led to rapid development of the forest, with trees growing in what little soil has accumulated since the island appeared just over 600 years ago. In early summer the red flowers on the trees look amazing. Well worth the trip and the walk, but the dark rock means it can get really warm, and on parts (especially the coastal track) there is little shade. Take lots of water and a decent hat, even on a cloudy day. If you have covered shoes to protect your toes and a torch are even some lava tunnels you can walk though. There is transport almost to the top of the mountain for those seeking a less strenuous way to get a view.
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