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More and more people are looking for a different type of holiday - going on an adventure with us is one! You don't have to be a volcano fanatic to join one of our tours and you don't need too much previous travel or photography experience. We have a range of different volcano-inspired tours with more or less emphasis on culture, photography, local traditions, strenuous hikes, relaxing, exploring the local food, volcano eruptions, ... so we have something for (almost) everyone! Traveling with us means experiencing a destination as much off the beaten tracks as possible and in small international groups which always include a volcanologist familiar with the local geology. On this page we gladly share the enthusiastic feedback from our customers so you can have a browse through what previous travelers say about joining in on one of our volcano adventures...
Hot stuff ! - Lava on Etna
Group on Santorini during a boat trip
"I have always been fascinated by volcanoes." (Robert B. about the the Grand Tour to Italy's volcanoes in Oct 2016)
I read your excellent article in today's Wall Street Journal this morning.
Last October, my wife Jenean and I did a grand tour of all of Italy's volcanoes through a group called Volcano-Adventures (www.volcanodiscovery.com). We began our two-week trip in Naples at Mt. Vesuvius, followed it up with Campi Flegrei, took a ferry to Stromboli, sailed to the other Aeolean Islands, and ended up at Mt. Etna. Our trip was guided by a volcanologist who explained all the natural phenomena to us. In between, we were treated to excellent restaurants and wine tastings. We also stayed in excellent hotels.
We spent several days in Stromboli. Our hotel was the Villaggio Stromboli, where we were able to look out over the water to Strombolicchio. Midway up the volcano is a restaurant called Osservatorio, where the only lighting is provided by candles, and each eruption of a lava fountain is punctuated by oohs and aahs from the customers just like during Fourth of July fireworks. From that point, my wife ascended the rest of the mountain to the summit crater. I walked back down to the hotel because my knees can no longer handle steep climbs and descents. She spent several hours at the top of the volcano and got some great pictures and videos of the eruptions. Jenean arrived back at the hotel several hours later, and she said that her leg muscles felt like jello.
We also spent some time at the islands of Lipari and Vulcano. Our small boat took us through places in the Tyrrhenian Sea that was bubbling with volcanic gases. The water was like seltzer, but the bubbles smelled like sulfur. The island of Vulcano is very active, with steam vents and mud baths everywhere. Lipari was enjoyable also. It goes without saying that all these places had excellent food. The Aeolian Islands are unknown to most American tourists, and we didn't see very many.
We have many pictures and videos from our trip. We would be happy to share them with you. Stromboli is but one of many volcanoes in Italy. It is relatively easy to hike to the crater of Vesuvius. Even I was able to do it. Of more significance is the city of Pozzouli, which sits atop Campi Flegrei (a.k.a Phlegraean Fields), a supervolcano above which live about two million people. Mt. Etna is the grand finale. In addition to the activity of the volcano itself, the surrounding area is filled with the marks and effects that the volcano has left upon it. You can truly appreciate the massive power of Mother Nature.
This was a bucket-list vacation for me. I have always been fascinated by volcanoes. ...
Keep up the good work." (Robert B., California, about the Grand Tour to Italy's volcanoes in Oct 2016)
Exciting and educational experience
Valle del Bove
Dear Emanuela (and Marco)
We all think that you where both fantastic yesterday and we are all very
great full for this exciting and educational experience you gave us
Personally I owe you both a big thank you for looking after Maria and
Rae when it went a bit downhill, Rae a lot, and Maria definitely learned
that she can enjoy things when they become a bit risky.
Marco, I think that you have helped Alex to reconfirm that Geography and
ultimately the volcano element will be a big part of his education over
the next 3 to 4 years.
Thank you so much for a great day and experience that we will all
treasure for many years.
Thanks for the pictures and thanks again for hosting us in Etna- Etna turned out to be the highlight of our Italian trip Please pass our thanks on to Marco as well
(Valle del Bove)
... it was such an exciting experience for us...
for me the best mountain-experience I have ever had!
Just wanted to say that Reinhard and I loved our Etna Tour and Marco was a great guide.
He really took good care of us and made it very special.
I want to thank you as well for always answering my questions in a very professional manner.
Thanks to your team for helping us make our dream come true.
Lori and Reinhard
"a wonderful experience with you"
Tom photographing the lava flows (image: Leland L.)
After spending the last 5 days together, our quick farewell seemed a bit anti-climatic. Please know that Mimi and I had a wonderful experience with you and we will treasure it for a very long time!
Your knowledge, guiding and patience makes you stand out as an exceptional volcano/geologist professional!
Mahalo, and please keep in touch, Leland and Mimi"
(Leland L., from L.A. about the Kilauea Volcano Special in March 2017)
"the trip was, simply said, excellent and super"
Lizard waiting for the rest of vegetables thrown away from kitchen... (image: Richard Pichl)
...and one happy camel (same as I was) (image: Richard Pichl)
the trip was, simply said, excellent and super including logistics, staff, food, geology, etc. Enclosed you'll find a short excursion debriefing :-). The staff was excellent and I‘ve never met better one. Enku is really great and sensitive person, willing to do whatever for others, and loving geology. He showed us everything he could or we wanted. Demis (our driver) is an even-tempered man all time smiling and was my personal guide on fragile lava. Meski (our cook) is so good in cooking. First day I was a little bit startled of eating unknown meals but next days I was eating so much (big portions of very tasty meals) that my weight increased by 1.5 kg.
Thank you very much for the beautiful trip and I'm looking forward to the next volcano expedition.
Many greetings from freezing Prague.
- Richard (from the Czech Republic) about his participation on our first Erta Ale volcano special in from 14 to 21 January 2017. Fellow traveler Paul shared his photographs of this unique high activity at Erta Ale.
"we had a perfect trip!"
Jens visiting the Erta Ale lava lake for the second time in his life
we – Andrei, Cris as well my person – have had a perfect trip! It was interesting for me to compare the lava level in 2009 when making my first journey to this volcano with Tom and the situation now. It was amazing and an unbelievable experience to stay 1,5 m aside the boiling molten rock.
Enku and his staff had done an absolutely perfect job and with my colleagues I have had so much fun like never before!
With best regards,
- Jens (from Germany) about his Desert, salts and volcanoes expedition in over Christmas / New Year 2016/2017. You can also see some of his Erta Ale volcano photographs as well as read the
eye witness report on Erta Ale´s activity during this expedition
I had a wonderful trip (thoroughly enjoyed it)
View across Nyiragongo´s summit caldera (image: Jay Ramji)
The glowing, bubbling lava lake around sunset (image: Jay Ramji)
Portrait of a mountain gorilla (image: Jay Ramji)
"Hello Ingrid, Tom,
Here is my feedback on the recent trip to DRC. ... I had a wonderful trip (thoroughly enjoyed it). Nyiragongo volcano was spectacular. Although you could see the side vent smoking away, there is no longer a lava fountain running into the main crater. At times there was high activity but you could also see the level of lava going down and then coming up again. Sometimes there was too much cloud/fog to see the crater but then it would clear and it was great to be able to see it in different light conditions. The volcano was a hard climb (~2000m altitude gain in one go is quite a lot), but not too bad. ...the climb down was much harder (due to steep slippery slopes covered in moss), ...
Seeing the gorillas was also wonderful and am glad of having had the opportunity to do so.
- Jay Ramji (UK) about his June 2016 Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition
The overflowing pearched lava lake of Erta Ale (image: Hans en Jooske)
Rejuvenated Dallol was larger and more colourful than ever (image: Hans en Jooske)
Pele´s hair and tears are scattered all around Erta Ale´s caldera (image: Hans en Jooske)
Thanks for your email! We had a great time and Enku took very good care of us and was a very enjoyable companion/guide with lots of stories and information to share on all kinds of topics. Demis was a wonderful and very careful driver who seemed to have an eagle-eye for wildlife, and of course Meski was such a lovely and cheerful lady, very warm and welcoming to everyone. So we had a wonderful crew with us. And yes the nature was spectacular. Even without Enku's enthusiasm (he couldn't wait to get to Erta Ale and was so happy when we got there and it was even beyond his expectations) we could see that Erta Ale was doing something very special, and we thoroughly enjoyed the many day- and night-shows it gave us. Dallol was stunning, we were immediately immersed by the colours, and amazed to hear from Enku that what we were raving about was normally not active ground, and that the
whole area was far bigger than normal! He was shocked to see that the rocky non-active area where the Flemish crew had done their interview was now bubbling away in white, yellow and orange, such a change in two weeks time..."
- Hans en Jooske about their Desert, salts and volcanoes expedition in November 2016 of which they shared some photographs with us
"It surpassed everything we were expecting" (Stromboli to Etna tour)
David and I apologize profusely for the delay in sending this thank you note for an amazing and memorable trip last month.
It surpassed everything we were expecting, and much of that was due to you — not just your superb knowledge of the subject matter, but your patience, generosity, and your ability to manage a very diverse group of people so effortlessly.
It was, without a doubt, one of the best adventure trips we have ever taken, and that is saying A LOT. ...
Thank you so very much, Tom, and we hope we will have a chance to take another trip with you soon. Just let us know the destinations, and we’ll do our best to join! (The only place David is not keen on going to is Ethiopia, as it is too close to Somalia and Ethiopians don’t make red wine or cannolis!)
Ingrid — our deepest thanks to you as well for your assistance and help in organizing the trip. Everything was perfect!!! Hope we get a chance to meet you as well.
Take care and speak to you soon! Please give Barbara in Stromboli our best regards, too, would you? Thank you!
Alisha and David"
(Alisha + David (USA) about the Stromboli to Etna tour in Oct 2016)
"thank you again for organising such a fantastic alternative tour" (Bromo, Semeru, Ijen)
Strombolian explosion at Semeru volcano (image: Kat Spruth)
"Morning Ingrid/Tom from Australia,
Just wanted to say thank you again for organising such a fantastic alternative tour for me in Bali- had a great time -Semeru was amazing despite the duration on top being cut a bit short due to torrential rain and thunder- (wet season adventures!! :-))
Galih was a fantastic tour guide and a credit to your team wouldn't hesitate to do another tour with him and in fact can't wait to get back to Bali and see some more- he was full of suggestions on other active volcanoes and Ai love the more challenging hikes.... i was a little amazed to see just how commercialized and busy Ijen had become since I went there last (my friend had organised a side trip from Bali- no where near as good as going with volcanoadventures!)
(K. Spruth, Australia about her Bromo, Semeru, Ijen tour in Nov 2016)
amazing Ambrym expedition
It has now been a few weeks since we've returned from our amazing Ambrym expedition.
I just want to let you know how much we enjoyed it. The small group in the expedition was diverse and everyone got on extremely well. While the trek up to base camp was an exhilarating climb, it was a pity that our hike up to Benbow was in complete rain. This nevertheless added to the thrill and it sure made up for the great weather we had for the trek to Benbow the following day.
Yashmin was a great expedition leader, very professional and answered with all my volcanology questions with a smile on his face. The locals guides, cooks and porters all looked after us well.
(Jesmond C. from Australia, on our Volcanoes of Ambrym expedition in September 2016)
something really special that we will never forget
Starting the hike to Etna´s summit area (photo - Petra)
Looking across some of Etna´s actively degassing summit craters (photo - Petra)
Already returned to cold Switzerland I would like to thank you for the great excursion we had last Sunday on our tour with our guide Marco Ponte. It was just a perfect day (weather and guide). We know very well hiking in the Alps but the Etna is something really special that we will never forget. Marco explained everything perfectly and was very passionate and knowledgeable about all things volcanoes!
Attached you will find two pictures of our tour.
Mille grazie e salute de
(Petra S. from Switzerland about her private Etna day hike in October 2016)
"I had an absolutely fantastic time with Andi, Donald and Thomas"
... the trip was perfectly tailored, providing time off between hard treks to recover and enjoy beaches, countryside and markets. The volcanoes were awesome and he explained their particular "personalities" very well.
Andi and Donald both worked extremely hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly for us. I appreciate the difficulties involved in organising reliable porters, drivers, food and accommodation and Andi always managed to keep us on schedule. He went beyond his brief and helped me enormously with my photography, even taking me shopping for essential accessories that I had omitted to bring with me.
On each camping expedition I was the only female with approximately eight men in an isolated area and I never felt uncomfortable, but on the contrary, I felt extremely safe and protected. I had an absolutely fantastic time with Andi, Donald and Thomas and would not hesitate to recommend the trip to anyone who felt they were fit enough to tackle Ibu and Dukono.
(Joy G. from Australia, who participated on our Volcanoes and Spices expedition in September 2016)
A truly enjoyable experience
The Volcano-Adventures group at the summit of Nyiragongo volcano in July 2016 (photo by Fadi A.)
Please find below the link to the photos i took during our recent volcano adventure, which I would like to share.
It was a truly enjoyable experience, I am very grateful to all those who participated and facilitated the organization of this trip. Thanks—"
- Fadi A. (Jordan) about his Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition in July 2016)
"really enjoyed it, an experience of a lifetime"
"Dear Tom and Ingrid,
Dorothy an I have been home for over three weeks now, so definitely time to write and say thank you for organising such a fantastic trip around Iceland. I really enjoyed it, an experience of a lifetime, something I had never remotely thought about doing.
Chris was amazing! Without him the fortnight could easily have been boring and quite a trial. With him it was the exact opposite. His knowledge and expertise was astounding and we were able to understand what he was showing us. The amount of effort he put in behind the scenes each day to make sure everything went smoothly was very much appreciated by all of us. And to top it off, he is a superb cook. At the end of each day, he managed to serve up a superb meal, often under the most trying of arrangements.
So thank you again, it was a great experience. We have already told people to get onto the Volcano Adventures website when they ask "how did you get on to this trip?"
All the best for the future,
Euan and Dorothy"
(from Australia, about their Colors of Iceland tour in August 2016)
"I am convinced that I couldn't have found any better tour option to discover these magnificent volcanoes of Indonesia" (Aravind P. about the Volcanoes of East Java tour)
Bromo strongly degassing at sunrise, September 2016 (image: Aravind P.)
Incandescant lava at Semeru volcano after an explosive eruption, September 2016 (image: Aravind P.)
Restless mount Semeru, September 2016 (image: Aravind P.)
"Hi Tom and Ingrid,
Hope you guys are doing fine, perhaps busy with some volcanic adventures!.
I came back to Switzerland well after a great holiday in Indonesia. ...
...This was certainly a superb tour and wonderful exploration of the active volcanoes of east Java within the limits of time and possibility of all that can be done.
Galih did a great job in guiding me well throughout the trip. He was very flexible, open to requests and definitely gave a great company. More so, I enjoyed all those wonderful discussions on Volcanoes with him. It was certainly a very educative trip for me, but all the more a big event in watching a real lava rock fall/partial flow after Semeru's strombolian explosion. ... wow, what a spectacular setting!. I am now even more enthusiastic to explore more volcanoes in the future. I have some wonderful moments to remember from the entire tour. I am convinced that I couldn't have found any better tour option to discover these magnificent volcanoes of Indonesia.
Sincere thanks to the company and Galih and Ganz herzclichen Dank zu Tom and Ingrid! ...
...I now know whom to approach for serious volcanic explorations and ... I am sure to contact you guys again sometime in the future :-).
Good luck for volcano discovery!
(Aravind P. from Switzerland, about his private Volcanoes of East Java tour in September 2016)
... the best guided tour we have yet done... (Colors of Iceland tour)
A belated thank you for a most wonderful 14 days in Iceland. Your knowledge, sense of humour, cooking skills and patience were first class. Norma and I rate this trip as the best guided tour we have yet done.
I hope some day to join you in Vanuatu. Best wishes and again many thanks.
(Eric C., Australia about our Colors of Iceland tour in August 2016)
Morning mists in the Tengger caldera with erupting Bromo in the foreground, August 2016 (photo: Chris Kay)
Just want to let you know, that I had a trip of a lifetime, it was everything that I dreamed and even more, Galith was a great guide and we got on well, the volcanoes are out of this world, I got lots of footage, both photos and stills, I've just started producing a short holiday video with timelapses and movie footage, I will share that with you guys.
I'm looking forward to the next!"
(Chris K, UK, about the Krakatau to Bali tour of July-August 2016.