Jeju was incredible and 2,5 days was far from enough to explore its dramatic, yet peaceful, volcanic landscape filled with craters, caves, waterfalls and lush forests.
A popular spot for couples and honeymoons – but just as well a target for an active holiday of hiking and exploring.
We arrived at the airport in the afternoon and went straight for a hike at Sunrise Peak,
just in time to catch the sunset.
An easy hike with well built stairs.
When you reach the top at Sunrise Peak aka Seongsan Ilchulbong 성산일출봉 this is what you see:
A huge green crater.
Here is one of the most beautiful calm sunsets I’ve seen.
We took the ferry to an even smaller (even more tranquil) island; Udo,
located a short ride from Seongsan on the east coast of Jeju.
When you arrive you’ll see plenty of scooters and bikes for rent. We went for this funny car – bright and sunny.
Driving around the whole island will take you about 1 hour but you’ll want to make many stops on the way!
Volcanic beaches were beautiful.
Resting with iced drinks at a café with view over Seobinbaeksa Beach 서빈백사;
a white sand beach, actually consisting of grains of red algae.
There are plenty of activities to do at Udo but we just went for a short trip
before heading back to Jeju for dinner. Next time I’d love to spend a full day.
Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls 천제연 폭포.
Our hotel was located in Seogwipo and was just a 5 minute ride away
from Cheonjeyeon, which falls 3 times – pictured is the second fall.
Incredible colors in the water.
Among the lushest of greens.
Then we went to Olle trail #8.
Olle trails are a huge attraction in Jeju being hiking trails that leads you to the most stunning views of nature.
Here we saw Jusangjeolli Cliff 대포동지삿개.
These perfectly hexagonal rocks have been shaped by lava when it cooled down when hitting the water.
After that we stopped by O’sulloc tea museum before relaxing at the hotel and heading out for dinner.
Jeju, I hope to see you again soon!
PS. If you’re going then also look up Hallasan Volcano, Manjang Cave and the other Olle trails :)