Watch a mountain burning at Yanar Dag, where continuous natural gas flames light up the hillside on the Caspian Sea's Absheron Peninsula. Part of Azerbaijan's enormous gas reserves leaks up through a thin, porous sandstone layer, igniting into flames that spread for about 10 m (33 ft). The spectacle--duly noted by Marco Polo--can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height, and burns in all weather. Although the phenomenon has a nickname of the eternally burning fire, local lore has it that it started when a local shepherd in the 1950s threw away his cigarette stub. Plant yourself in a nearby teahouse and take in the sight. To visit Yanar Dag and get the most from your holiday in Baku, create itinerary details personal to you using our Baku trip itinerary planning site .
Tours to Yanar Dag
Day Trip Baku BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $37
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Qobustan and Absheron tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $53
Duration: 9 to 11 hours
Mystic Ateshgah and Yanar Dag Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $59
Duration: 3 hours
Yanar Dag Reviews
Yanar dag is a must visit place. Although there is just a fire in one specific area but worth a visit. You have to pay a ticket fee which 9 AZN If I am not forgetting. Best time to visit is during sun... more »
Кто бы что ни говорил, кто бы как ни возмущался: ожидали большего, дорогой билет и т.п., но приехать в Азербайджан, в "страну огней" и не увидеть своими глазами уникальное природное явление своими гла... more »Whoever says what, who would be indignant: expected more, expensive ticket, etc., but to come to Azerbaijan, to the "country of lights" and not to see with their own eyes a unique natural phenomenon with their own eyes? Don't understand... Moreover, Yanardag is part of the Gobustan-Ageshtya-Yanardag group tour. Our small casually assembled group of 5 people from different countries was very lucky with the tour guide Raisa Abbasova, with the transfer. Therefore, I got acquainted with this place with interest and will keep in my heart the impression of the flame coming out of the bowels of the earth at the foot of a small mountain. The day was very windy, and it gave the flames a special dynamic.
If you would like to visit this place, some local people should guide you and explain the historical meaning behind of it. Otherwise, it could be a bit disappointed for you just to go there and see the fire without knowing what it is all about.
Its nice but the fire is only small, for me its not worth it 30 minutes drive and nothing to do only 10-15 minutes around the area. The history ia great but till they finish the small building around it i think for now not the time for tourists to go, they told me on march it will be ready.
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