Berca Mud Volcanoes: Moonscape Scenes on Earth

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer. You can find Diana on LinkedIn

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This special place is a wonderful all-seasons destination for anyone, families with kids or geology, and nature enthusiasts. Seeing these mud volcanoes is like an open-air geography lesson for students of all ages where you get to learn just how powerful and amazing nature really is.

Your experience begins early on, as you drive on the scenic road that meanders through traditional villages, green hills, and scattered colorful houses, following the signs that show you the way to the main volcanic areas in Berca, Paclele Mari, and Paclele Mici.


The moonscape image of the mud volcanoes

The small volcanoes from these two plateaus, protected as a nature reserve, are truly distinct for their typical shapes. These miniature volcanoes appeared from the mud brought up to the surface from the deep faults by natural gases that cut one of the most important oil and gas fields of the area, Satuc-Berca-Arbanasi-Niculesti.

The constant eruption activity has created an almost unreal landscape with mud rivers appearing and eventually drying up, adding extra dramatic features to the plateaus. This desolate but beautiful scenery is completed by the unique and strange noise gas makes when it comes out from the craters that appeared around their emission points.

Berca Mud Volcanoes

Mud bubble

Exploring the Berca Mud Volcanoes is a unique experience for all your senses so be sure to take your camera to catch at least the visual memory of this rare and strange sight.

Travel tips

Close to Berca, you’ll find more mud volcanoes at La Fierbatori and Beciu. Back in 1976, a mud eruption lasted there for one month with an overall volume of 500 wagons of mud flowing at a speed of one meter per day.

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