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Europe's Volcanic Outpost
Walking and study tour to the Canary Islands: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro and Tenerife
The Palms of Masca/Tenerife
The Palms of Masca/Tenerife
A volcanic dyke in the Masca valley on Tenerife
A volcanic dyke in the Masca valley on Tenerife

Europe's Volcanic Outpost

Walking and study tour to the Canary Islands: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro and Tenerife
Tour type
Walking & study tour: photography - geology & volcanism - nature & culture
Difficulty
Custom (variable)
Group size: 4-7
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
25 Feb - 8 Mar 2023
Price per person
2950 € $£¥
The Canary islands form a fascinating and very diverse volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Famous for their mild weather year round, the hospitable islands not only offer spectacular scenery, delicious cuisine, friendly people and an interesting culture deeply involved in Europe's time of early trans-Atlantic discoveries, but also a myriad of geologic highlights to discover: historic young lava flows, cones and craters, lava tubes, calderas, impressive dikes, and a multitude of different deposits.
This tour visits the 4 most volcanically interesting islands - each with her own character: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro, and Tenerife. Aimed towards people who have an interest in geology, nature, culture, photography and walking, the tour will be guided by the French geologist Eveline PRADAL with research background on the islands.
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  • 4 islands in one tour: La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife (Lanzarote as an extension)
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Young volcanic features explained
  • Small groups
  • Accompanying geologist

Itinerary 12 days

Day 1: Arrival to Tenerife
Arrival at Tenerife North airport. Own transfer to the hotel in La Laguna. Meeting with the group in the evening for welcome dinner.
Day 2: La Esperanza ridge road
Drive along La Esperanza ridge road to discover the island and its geological features. Stay at Vilaflor.
Day 3: Teide caldera
The visit of the caldera Teide. In the morning we take a cable car to Teide to discover this wonderful place. In the afternoon we have 3h hiking tour around Roques de Garcia (path n°3).
Day 4: El Teno
Hiking in El Teno old volcanic massif - one of the island's most beautiful natural areas.
Day 5: Flight to El Hierro
Transfer day to fly to El Hierro. Visit of hydro / wind turbins and Mirador de la Pena (El Golfo landslide) to visit Ecomueum Guinea or Lagartorio with endemic lizards.
Day 6: Scenic tour to the Malpaso highest tops
Hiking tour to visit of the highest tops of El Hierro and the Tanganasoga volcano.
Day 7: La Restinga - a little "Hawaii"
In the morning a visit of El Pinar La Restinga: interesting small museum la restingolita or a visitor center close to El Pinar.
In the afternoon : El Julan landslide / La Orchilla lava tube / road to Sabinosa/ Frontera.
Day 8: La Palma
Flight El Hierro - Tenerife - La Palma. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Visit Sta Cruz de la Palma.
Day 9: Barranco de las Angustias
Geological hiking on Barranco de las Angustias and the Visitor Center close to Los Llanos. Walk around Los llanos de Aridane nice historic downtown.
Day 10: Hiking into the caldera Tamburiente
Walking tour into the centre of the famous caldera Tamburiente.
Day 11: The youngest volcanoes of La Palma
Visit of St. Antonio volcanoes and the youngest volcano Teneguia.
Day 12: Departure or own extension
Departure or own extension.
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Arrival info:

The tour starts at the Tenerife North airport and ends in La Palma.

Tour guide

Dr. Evelyne Pradal is a trained geologist and volcanologist with a passion of showing and teaching her subject to the general public. Born in Cantal, in the heart of the Auvergne French volcanic field, she studied in the renowned Center of Earth Sciences of the university of Clermont-Ferrand, one of France's leading research institutes in the field of volcanology.
Her research and trips led her to study volcanoes in Mexico, the Caribbean, East African Rift and other areas.
After completing her doctorate degree in 1990 she went on to work as consultant and teacher in earth sciences, and she has been organizing expeditions and study trips to volcanoes in Italy, France, the Caribbean, Ethiopia and Tanzania, Djibouti, Canaries islands, New Hebrides trench, Indonesia, ... designed to share knowledge and the fascination of her subject, the beauty of our living earth, to the general public. She is also (co-)authored the books: "Tout savoir sur les volcans" (2018, Ed. Fleurus jeunesse) ("A la découverte des volcans extrêmes" (2013, Vuivert De Boeck Ed) "Au coeur des volcans" (2004, Ed. Fleurus - Geo Ados). Evelyne with her charming smile joined our team in 2010 and guides trips to Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Canaries islands, Italy and new study trips such on Auvergne volcanoes, her homeland, and Tanzanian Rift Valley.

Evelyne Pradal at the Tanganasoga crater on El Hierro (Feb 2019)

Additional info

Physical requirements

You will need a normal to good physical condition and should be used to go hiking on easy to moderate unpaved trails, lengths of up to approx. 10 km distance and climbing up to 7-800 m in total.

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