The name Cold Soufriere says all that you need to know about this little-known natural attraction. Imagine the hot springs at the Soufriere Sulfur Springs, only much colder!
Yes, these sulfur springs come with the same smell of rotten egg and bubbling pools of water, but the water (or in some cases, a tan, clay-like substance) is cold to the touch.
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Where is Cold Soufriere?
Cold Soufriere is located in the collapsed volcanic crater of Morne Aux Diables (roughly translated as Devil’s Mountain), in the far north of Dominica. It is clearly marked and located along the Northern Link road on the way to Pennville.
The drive from Roseau to Cold Soufriere is no more than 90 minutes long. Simply drive up the West Coast Highway, through Portsmouth and take a right at the roundabout near Purple Turtle Beach. Then follow the main road (which turns into the Northern Link Road) until you get to a wide open clearing and a sign which bears the name Cold Soufriere.
A short (but steep) drive from this viewpoint, is the crater of Morne Aux Diables and Cold Soufriere. We descended into an open plain, surrounded by mountains covered in green vegetation, without the faintest idea that we were actually driving through a volcano!
Here’s the view that we were greeted with:
The Rav4 seen on the right-hand side of the image is parked near the entrance to Cold Soufriere.
The walk to the site is approximately 15 minutes long. We trekked through woodland vegetation and observed swamp-like vegetation as we got closer to the bubbling pools.
Cold Soufriere itself is an area of exposed rock surrounded by a dense forest of Kaklen trees (their roots are above the ground, and reminiscent of Mangrove trees.)
Here are a few more images from Cold Soufriere:
I’ve learned that in order to capture the best photographs, one must venture off the beaten path. That’s exactly what I had to do to capture this next image.
The main area of Cold Soufriere is relatively small – approximately 75 feet in diameter according to my friend Arlington James. So we decided to do some exploring and ducked under a few trees to northern end of the site.
A deep, loud rumbling sound is what drew us to this area. It sounded like a larger version of those bubbling puddles in the main area.
We crawled through the brush, climbed down a series of boulders and walked along a shallow stream for about 20 feet. And the scene is just like out of a movie.
After climbing back up to the main area, we chatted with a few tourists and made our way back to the parked vehicle.
This was just the beginning of our trip to the North. Look out for my next blog post!
In the meantime, here’s a video that shows a few of the puddles at Cold Soufriere:
Have you ever been? Tell me in the comments below!