That’s one way to keep warm! Climbers spent Christmas Day on active volcano with a lava lake to keep them toasty

Intrepid explorers found an unusual way of staying warm this winter by spending Christmas day on an ACTIVE VOLCANO.

British climber Chris Horsley, 22, from Ormskirk, Lancs, and his friends Gareth Hawken, 30, Geoff Mackley, 50, and Bradley Ambrose, 36, from Auckland, New Zealand, hiked up the Marum Volcano, Vanuatu, on the morning of the 25th.

British climber Chris Horsley, 22 and his friends Gareth Hawken, 30, Geoff Mackley, 50, and Bradley Ambrose, 36, spent Christmas day on an active volcano

British climber Chris Horsley, 22 and his friends Gareth Hawken, 30, Geoff Mackley, 50, and Bradley Ambrose, 36, spent Christmas day on an active volcano

Instead of passing the day with their families, the team climbed down a 1200ft cliff to get close to a flowing lake of lava.

The Marum volcano cone is on the volcanic Ambryn Island which was named by Captain Cook, who anchored nearby in 1774 and there have been 48 eruptions on the island since then.

The team climbed down a 1200ft cliff to get close to a flowing lake of lava

The team climbed down a 1200ft cliff to get close to a flowing lake of lava

Geoff said: “We just wanted to spend Christmas in an unusual place.

“We took gas masks and helmets but it can be dangerous if you get too close to the lava.

“And there were also falling rocks to think about.”

The Marum volcano cone is on the volcanic Ambryn Island

The Marum volcano cone is on the volcanic Ambryn Island