The explorers in Journey to the Center of the Earth, Otto and Axel Lidenbrock and their guide Hans Bjelke, end up on the side of Mount Etna, near the Italian island of Stromboli. But their safe arrival there is via a perilous and dramatic adventure.
While journeying to the center of the earth, the travelers find that the route they hoped to take has been blocked by a rock cave-in. When they can't find a way to break through the sheet of granite stopping them, they decide to blast their way out. However, instead of finding a path to the center of the earth, the explorers encounter the sea rushing in. The powerful water pushes them along in their raft at breakneck speed. Finally, they are sucked upwards into a very hot volcano and ejected back onto the surface of the earth, near Stromboli.