Hawai’i island, with its young and active volcanoes, also has its share of historical eruptions. Kīlauea Iki is perhaps one of the most unique hikes I have ever been on: through the uneven terrain of a hardened lava lake.

Stéphane and I started the hike as the clouds rolled in and the air was growing chilly. I couldn’t believe that we were walking through the lava bed! As we started, I had no idea our destination. But we saw tiny people down below, and eventually took the 400 feet steep descent to the floor.

We practically galloped around the small peaks of rock. Up and down, over cracks, curving through the rubble and following piles of stones that guided the path. Near the end, steam was still escaping from the rock below, still cooling after decades.