Top 5 Volcano Tours to see "Red Hot Lava"

Watching Yasur volcano erupt (Vanuatu) during our Round-The-World tour
Watching Yasur volcano erupt (Vanuatu) during our Round-The-World tour
Visiting an erupting volcano is an unforgettable experience. If you're particularly looking to see "Red Hot Lava", these are among the best places to go to:

#1: Vanuatu - Ambrym and Yasur volcanoes

(15 days volcano and photo expedition to Ambrym and Yasur volcanoes, Vanuatu)
Volcanoes in the South Sea - Expedition to Vanuatu
Duration: 14-20 days Tour type: Volcano expedition: photography - active volcanoes - nature & culture Difficulty Moderate
Price p.p.: 3950 €  ? 
Dates:
29 May - 12 Jun 2019
29 Sep - 13 Oct 2019
Are you ready for adventure?
The contrast between unspoiled rain-forest, coconut palm beaches, primitive culture and moon-like landscapes surrounding lava-spitting volcanoes could not be bigger: join us on an expedition to the two most active volcanoes of Vanuatu: Ambrym and Yasur.
The expedition is also an immersion into the diverse and rich traditional culture of the islands, the daily life in remote jungle villages where you meet the very hospitable and welcoming people of Vanuatu.
A great mix of adventure, breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled tropical beaches, friendly people and exotic culture awaits you. ...more info

#2: Hawai'i - Kilauea, the world's most active volcano

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

#3: Stromboli volcano - the lighthouse of the Mediterranean

Eolian Islands + Etna volcano (Italy): From Stromboli to Etna
(9-days walking & study tour to Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano and Etna with a volcanologist)
Mountains of Fire - From Stromboli to Etna
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights Tour type: Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism - nature & culture Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Price p.p.: 2580 €  ? 
Dates:
16-24 Apr 2019
4-12 May 2019
11-19 May 2019
Together with one of our expert volcanologists you will discover some of Italy's most famous and active volcanoes: Mt Etna on Sicily and the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli. This itinerary combines exciting hikes, interesting excursions and island relaxation with excellent Mediterranean food and charming accommodation. ...more info

#4: Dukono and Ibu - Indonesia's most active volcanoes

N-Sulawesi + Halmahera (Indonesia): Volcanoes and Spices
(17 days volcano trekking tour to the Molucca Sea: N-Sulawesi, Karangetang and Halmahera)
Volcanoes of North Sulawesi - walking tour to discover Lokon, Mahawu and Soputan volcanoes
Duration: 17 days / 16 nights Tour type: Trekking: active volcanoes - nature & culture - photography Difficulty Moderate
Price p.p.: 3960 €  ? 
Dates:
14-30 Jun 2019
7-23 Jul 2019
13-29 Aug 2019
The legendary Molucca Sea, known for its precious spices that attracted early traders from Europe, is not only one of Indonesia's most interesting and beautiful areas. It also has the largest density of active volcanoes of any region in Indonesia, thanks to a very complex and unique tectonic setting.
Two active subduction zones to the west and east have consumed a small oceanic microplate, the Molucca Sea plate, producing two active volcanic arcs in North Sulawesi and in Halmahera. On this tour we visit no less than 5 of the most active volcanoes in the world, two of which - Dukono and Ibu - have been in near permanent activity for years while the others, Lokon, Soputan and Karangetang erupt frequently.
Each of the volcanoes is completely different in character and provides a great adventure to explore. The tour for a small group is an immersion into colorful cultures and an intense meeting with its very friendly people. Last but not least, the delicious, spicy cuisine of the region will enchant you. ...more info

#5: Erta Ale, Ethiopia: the best lava lake to see from close

Danakil desert (Ethiopia): Desert, salt and volcanoes
(14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))
Desert, salt and volcanoes - expedition to the Danakil desert and its volcanoes
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights Tour type: Expedition: active volcanoes - photography - adventure Difficulty Moderate
Price p.p.: $ 4530  ? 
Dates:
17-30 Nov 2018
8-21 Dec 2018
9-22 Feb 2019
Experience one of the geologically most active areas on the planet! The Danakil desert is famous for Erta Ale, one of the world´s few active volcanoes constantly hosting a boiling lava lake and the surreal landscapes of colors, salt, geysers andsprings at the hydrothermal fields of Dallol.

See the dramatic change of environment when the jeep expedition starts in Addis Ababa (at 2355 m), and gradually descents into the Danakil depression, passing through Awash National Park before reaching the banks of Afrera salt lake (at - 100 m). The journey continues as we climb Erta Ale shield volcano and spend 3 full days and nights exploring the volcano´s caldera. We then set up camp at the Afar village of Hamed Ela and have 2 full days to discover the hydrothermal area of Dallol and Assale salt lake, including the centuries-old ritual of salt cutting. Finally explore the UNESCO world heritage site of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.

We have been organising tours to the Danakil since early 2007 and hence have expertise in arranging such expeditions. Our highly competent Ethiopian main guide and volcanologist Enku and his friendly team will safely take you through the desert in 4x4 jeeps. The sometimes Spartan character of living conditions in the Danakil are partially compensated by the large variety of meals freshly prepared by our cook! ...more info
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