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Berca Mud Volcanoes Romania Quick Travel Guide

Author Carina Klein
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Berca Mud Volcanoes in Romania are a hidden gem hat make you feel like you’re on another planet!

Yes, we are Geology nerds so we couldn’t help but be amazed by the Berca Mud Volcanoes in Romania. Even if you’re not into Geology, the volcanoes are a super unique sight which makes you feel like you’re not on planet Earth anymore.

Berca Mud Volcanoes FAQ

What Are the Berca Mud Volcanoes?

Mud Volcanoes are small volcano-shaped structures typically a few metres high.

They are formed by gases which erupt from a depth of 3000 m (10000 ft). On their way, the gas absorbs salty water and mud. The mud dries off at the surface, creating a relatively solid conical structure resembling a real volcano.

When we visited the Berca Mud Volcanoes, there was a constant flow of more gas and mud and we could observe bubbles in the “craters”.

Bucketlist2life fun fact: The expelled mud is cold, as it comes from the continental crust and not from the mantle like a real volcano.
Picture of Exploring the Berca Mud Volcanoes
Exploring the Berca Mud Volcanoes

Are the Berca Mud Volcanoes Worth Visiting?

Even if you’re not a Geology nerd like us, the Berca Mud Volcanoes are absolutely worth a visit. They are also a great stop on any Romania road trip.

They are a very unique occurrence which can only be observed in a few other places like Ukraine or Azerbaijan.

The landscape feels very otherworldly – you’ll feel a bit like you’re walking on the moon.

They are also a great photo op 😉

Picture of Mud Volcanoes Romania
Mud Volcanoes Romania

Where Are the Berca Mud Volcanoes Located?

The Berca Mud Volcanoes are close to Berca in Buzău County in Romania.

There are three areas with mud volcanoes which we have marked on the map:

  1. The Boilers of Berca.
  2. Little Mud Volcanoes (Pâclele Mici Mud Volcanoes).
  3. Big Mud Volcanoes (Pâclele Mari Mud Volcanoes).

How to Get to the Berca Mud Volcanoes?

You have two options:

  1. Drive yourself which is what we did.
  2. Go on a guided tour from Bucharest.

Accommodation Close to the Berca Mud Volcanoes

We stayed at Vila Speranta and can fully recommend it. It is just a 10 minute drive to the Boilers of Berca and a 25 minute drive to the Pâclele mud volcanoes.

Picture of Mud volcano craters
Mud volcano craters

Berca Mud Volcanoes Entrance Fee

The entrance fee for the volcanoes is currently 4 Lei per person. You have to pay separately for every site you visit.

Berca Mud Volcanoes Visiting Hours

The visiting hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Picture of Mud flowing down a mud volcano
Mud flowing down a mud volcano

Berca Mud Volcanoes Parking

Both the Big and the Small mud volcanoes have free parking.

Bucketlist2life tip: If somebody tries to charge you for parking just drive further to the official parking lot which is free of charge.
Picture of Mud bubbling in a mud volcano
Mud bubbling in a mud volcano

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