Eruption and Volcano Specials: Tours to erupting volcanoes

Lava flow eruption (Stromboli, March 2007)
Lava flow eruption (Stromboli, March 2007)
We sometimes organize expeditions to active volcanoes or current eruptions outside our regular program on often short notice.
This gives you the best possible chance to witness a volcanic eruption with competent company and guidance, but you should be prepared to adventurous and improvised conditions and logistics. Due to the nature of such trips, we often cannot provide very detailed information on exact itinerary etc.
If you are up to a true volcano adventure, this is for you!

Generally, participants need to be quick to pack their backpacks, and arrange their arrival to the destination themselves (although we can assist you with finding your flight).
The program for these tours is very simple and almost entirely a function of the conditions on location and what is possible and safe: to spend several days in the area, visiting and searching for the best viewpoints to observe the eruption and its effects. We provide accommodation, transfers and the local know-how to find the best spots - and stay safe.
You find below a list of currently available Eruption Special tours - please note that this list is often updated, so come and visit this page regularly. If you like to be informed whenever we announce such a short-notice special trip, please let us know via email.

DatesPrice p.p.TourDifficulty
2018:
December
Kilauea Volcano Special - 4-6 days geologic tour to observe and understand Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i 27 Dec 18 - 2 Jan 2019$ 2950  ? Big Island, Hawaiʻi(Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism)
2019:
March
Expedition to active Anak Krakatau volcano 17-23 Mar 2019 (4 nights on Krakatau)1690 €  ? Krakatau volcano, Sunda Strait(Volcano expedition: photography - adventure)
: spaces available / : guaranteed / : few spaces left / : booked out
(14 days volcano tour to erupting Dukono and Ibu volcanoes in Halmahera)
Volcano Special: expedition to Ibu, Dukono, Lokon
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - nature & culture - photography Difficulty Moderate
Price p.p.: 3190 €  ? 
Dates:
no scheduled dates at present
This tour gives you the chance to see some of Indonesia's most active, but rarely visited volcanoes from close: In particular, Ibu and Dukono volcanoes have been in constant, often spectacular activity for years. A visit of frequently active Lokon volcano near Manado rounds out the tour.
If you are into volcano photography or filming, and don't mind the physical challenge (up to 5-6 hrs on steep trail to reach Ibu), this tour is an adventure you will never forget! On Ibu and Dukono, we camp multiple nights in order to maximize observation time and chances to see spectacular eruptions in good weather.
Furthermore, this part of Indonesia is among the least crowded and least visited. The people of Halmahera are very friendly and welcoming to foreigners. As always on our small group tours in Indonesia, it is an occasion to fully immerse into the colorful local culture. ...more info

Sumatra (Indonesia): Sinabung Volcano Special
(5 days volcano expedition to Sinabung volcano, Sumatra)
Sinabung Volcano Special
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: photography - geology & volcanism - adventure Difficulty Easy
Price p.p.: 1490 €  ? 
Dates:
Custom and group dates

Sinabung volcano on Sumatra has been in eruption since late 2013 and been regularly producing spectacular pyroclastic flows, as viscous lava continues to accumulate as a lava dome and regularly collapses.
Sinabung's eruption is also a text-book example of an erupting subduction zone volcano causing an ongoing crisis, which local people and authorities have learned to live with on a daily basis.
There is no fixed itinerary - we will move around the volcano as a function of weather, activity, the group's main interests and other factors. This tour is mainly intended for those eager to watch, learn about, photograph or film an active volcano, the processes behind, its monitoring and its impacts on human and nature. ...more info

Big Island, Hawaiʻi: Kilauea Volcano Special
(volcano tour to watch the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i)
Kilauea Volcano Special - 4-6 days geologic tour to observe and understand Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i
Duration: 5-7 days / 4-6 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism Difficulty Custom (variable)
Price p.p.: $ 2950  ? 
Dates:
Custom and group dates
27 Dec 18 - 2 Jan 2019
NOTICE: Since 4 May 2018 Kilauea started a new eruption in the East Rift Zone which is still ongoing but off-limits to visitors. Simultaneous crater collapse and explosions at the volcano's summit have resulted in the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We can therefore not offer any Kilauea expeditions at this moment, and it is impossible to predict many months in advance when we will be able to again organise tours on Kilauea.
But we are monitoring the situation closely and as soon as visiting conditions are reasonable, we plan to resume our tours. If you are interested in this Kilauea adventure, you can always send us a message by filling in the request form, or contact us directly through tours@volcanodiscovery.com!
(Updated 9 June 2018)

The primary purpose of this expedition is to enable a small group to spend several days on and near the active volcano of Kilauea, Hawaii, to observe volcanic activity and study volcanic/ geologic features: active lava lakes and lava flows. We will spend several full days to approach the active areas repeatedly by land, sea and from the air, depending on circumstances.

The best times will usually be in the afternoons/evenings, at night and early mornings (best light for photography), while we have the mid-days to relax, perhaps go for a swim etc. Options to get close to lava include on foot (longer hikes required), by sea (if lava enters the ocean, we can charter a boat conditions allowing) and by air (helicopter flights).
This Volcano Special tour is aimed at people who are looking to photograph or film, learn about or simply enjoy witnessing a spectacular volcanic eruption from close. ...more info

Krakatau volcano, Sunda Strait: Krakatau Volcano Special
(expedition to study & observe Anak Krakatau volcano and its activity)
Expedition to active Anak Krakatau volcano
Duration: 3 -7 days Tour type: Volcano expedition: photography - adventure Difficulty Easy
Price p.p.: see details
Dates:
Custom and group dates
when erupting (now!)
17-23 Mar 2019
NEW expeditions planned for 2019 (if activity continues): 17-23 March 2019 - 4 nights on Krakatau!
This is your chance to get to know one of the most famous volcanoes with an expert!

During this physically easy expedition, you have the unique opportunity to experience one of the world's most beautiful and powerful volcanoes. The exact itinerary varies from tour date to tour date, but we usually spend between 2 and 4 full days and nights on and around the volcanic islands of Krakatau. Depending on the intensity of Anak Krakatau's activity we either camp on the beach of the active volcano itself or make our camp on one of the surrounding islands. Watching Krakatau's fireworks when it is active is truly spectacular and we will do so from various viewpoints both on Anak Krakatau itself and the neighboring islands, using the chartered boat we have at our disposal.

Even when there is no eruption, the active volcano of Anak Krakatau with its lunar landscapes, fumaroles and frozen lava flows, and the surrounding islands' spectacular pumice cliffs on what remains of the island complex destroyed in 1883, is well worth exploring. Your expedition leader and tour guide Andi has been closely watching this volcano's activity and changes over the past 15 years and will happily share his geological knowledge with you!

Hot springs and beautiful coral reefs and other natural highlights of this unique bioreserve make this a perfect trip if you like a volcano extension out from Jakarta. The tasty camping food with fresh fish and overall excellent organization by our experienced local crew round up this trip into an unforgettable travel adventure. ...more info

(5 days expedition to observe and photograph Colima volcano, Mexico)
Volcano Special to Colima volcano, Mexico
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - photography - geology & volcanism Difficulty Easy
Price p.p.: 1750 €  ? 
Dates:
Custom and group dates
on request on custom dates
Colima in western Mexico is one of the most beautiful and most active volcanoes in the world. Apart from highly interesting volcanic features to admire, it has been in near constant eruptive activity for decades.
There are often lava flows, strombolian and vulcanian explosions to observe. We regularly offer this Volcano Special Tour, both at announced group tour dates, or - on request - at custom dates for small groups or individuals. These tours are perfect occasions to learn and improve on volcano photography!
This expedition invites you to join us to observe the volcano during 4 full days from various viewpoints day and night, in a comfortable setting - we will be staying the whole time in the lush forested area at the slopes of the volcano only about 7 km from the summit with stunning views already from our accommodation.
Insights into geologic and volcanological processes, explanations of outcrops and volcanic land forms, but also tips for volcano photography are provided by the accompanying volcanologist (Tom Pfeiffer). ...more info

Etna volcano: Etna Volcano Special
(volcano expedition to see Mt. Etna volcano' eruption)
Etna volcano special - custom tour with private guide on Etna to observe volcanic activity
Duration: 5 days (4 nights) Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - photography Difficulty Custom (variable)
Price p.p.: 1950 €  ? 
Dates:
Custom and group dates

Accompanied by a volcanologist from our team, we will spend 4 nights in a hotel on the slopes of the volcano and choose the best observation spots depending on weather & activity.
This tour is particularly suited if you intend to photograph, videotape or otherwise document on Etna's volcanic activity.
Link: Etna activity updates ...more info

Batu Tara (Indonesia): Batu Tara Volcano Expedition
(expedition to currently active Batu Tara volcano, Indonesia)
Expedition to active Batu Tara volcano
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: photography - adventure Difficulty Easy
Price p.p.: 2890 €  ? 
Dates:
no scheduled dates at present
Batu Tara in the Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, is one of the world's few volcanoes with persistent strombolian activity and in fact resembles Stromboli in Italy a lot. The volcano has daily spectacular fireworks, and often produces ash plumes detected on satellite images.
Extension programs: On request, we offer you several extensions as individual add-ons:
1) extension to Semeru & Ijen volcanoes in East Java
2) extension to another currently active volcano in Indonesia, dep. on circumstances ...more info
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