Volcanii Noroiosi

Piata Mica in Sibiu  (click to enlarge)

Early last September my parents visited us in Bucharest. Their second trip to Bucharest but more than 18 years after the last one. A good opportunity to return to the sites they had seen before like Bran, Peles, Vulcanii Noroiosi, Lipscani, the Village Museum in Bucharest, etc.

I took them on a drive to the Vulcanii Noroisi, or Berca Mud Volcanos, in the Buzau area, about 150 km north east of Bucharest. The drive up was via Ploiesti and the road that goes to Buzau which is parallel to the hills with vineyards. Rather scenic. On the way back we took the direct and shorter road from Buzau to Bucharest. Sadly, the road infrastrcuture has barely changed compared to 18 years ago when we went the first time to visit the mud volcanoes. There are actually two sites close to each other. One can visit both the “Mari” (large) and the “Mici” (small) site. This time we indeed visited both. The last time we were here 16 years ago we only visited the “Mari” site. They are easy to find now as there are signs leading you there and now you have to pay a very small entrance fee. 18 years ago one was alone when visiting these sites and they were not being exploited for tourits, so zero development around.

Hill country  (click to enlarge)The area around the mud volcano site is very attractive. It’s green, hilly and dotted with small villags. A quiet part of the country with beautiful views. This is a nice escape from the hustling and bustling of Bucharest to get in touch with the “originaL” Romania.

Moon landscape  (click to enlarge)When entering the Mari site you can see the large hills in front to you, looking like mini-volcanoes with cracked sides where the mud has been running down from. The view is very similar to the other mud volcano site I have visited before near Baku in Azerbaijan.

Gasses bubbling up  (click to enlarge)The most exciting sight is to observe the gas bubbling up and creating the large perfectly round domes in the liquid mud. When you visit the site you are now informed not to touch any of the liquids as they can be harmful to the skin.

Round pool  (click to enlarge)Many of the mud cones are flat topped with either a liquid pool of mud on top bubbling away with escaping gasses or with tips from which liquid just pours out and streams down the sides of the cones. It’s a sight you never get bored with and I will definitly be back with the kids. If you want to learn more there is more detailed explanations on Wikipedia about the Berca Mud Volcanoes.

Last Updated: 25-01-2014

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