Volcano tours in 2021 (VolcanoDiscovery Newsletter Nr 32, Dec 2020)Dear friends and guests,
This very unusual year 2020 is coming to an end, and we're betting many of us are actually looking forward to this. We hope that you have all been healthy and safe.
While we were all locked in our homes, volcanoes around the world have continued to live their own lives, which we were able to follow mostly through webcams or amazing contributions on social media, such as on our Facebook group Volcano News.
One of the most spectacular eruptions in recent months occurred at Klyuchchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, which produced lava fountains and a long new lava flow on its southeastern flank. Another eruption recently occurred at Piton de la Fournaise, Réunion island. Last but not least, Italy's Etna just witnessed a new violent eruptive phase just a couple of days ago, adding yet another fresh layer of lava flow onto its upper southern flanks, erasing old beaten tracks, and creating new paths to explore...
Further around the world, the Pacaya and Fuego volcanoes in Guatemala, Sangay and Reventador in Ecuador, along with Semeru and Merapi in Indonesia, have all been very active recently too. We look forward to visiting at least some of them soon, hopefully during one of our special pop-up Volcano Special tours that we announce only a short time in advance, mainly through a special email list of people who tell us they might be interested in such tours (please send an email to tours(AT)volcanodiscovery.com if you want to be included).
Bezymianny, Kamen and Klyuchevskoy volcanoes
Eruption of Klyuchevskoy volcano
Probably thanks to the generally hotter and dryer weather, most African countries have been much less affected by the pandemic. We're happy to see that the famous lava lake of Erta Ale in Ethiopia has continued to gradually increase in size, certainly meriting a closer visit as soon as conditions allow:
While almost all our tours this year were canceled, we managed to organize a fabulous tour in Italy during October from Stromboli to Etna, where our small group experienced the beauty of Sicily, complete with eruptions from Stromboli and Etna.
Erta Ale's active southern pit crater where the lava lake is reforming.
Vertical view of the crater