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- Photo expedition to Vanuatu: Yasur & Ambrym -

Ulla Lohman - photo journalist and expedition leader
Ulla Lohman - photo journalist and expedition leader
Glow from Ambrym volcano
Glow from Ambrym volcano
Strombolian activity at Yasur volcano
Strombolian activity at Yasur volcano
Beach on Ambrym (Photo: Marco Fulle)
Beach on Ambrym (Photo: Marco Fulle)
The active vents in Benbow crater (Ambrym volcano)
The active vents in Benbow crater (Ambrym volcano)
Traditional food in Lalinda (Ambrym)
Traditional food in Lalinda (Ambrym)
Group at Yasur volcano
Group at Yasur volcano
Strombolian eruption at Yasur
Strombolian eruption at Yasur
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.

A great mix of adventure, breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled tropical beaches, meeting friendly people and their exotic culture awaits you.
  • 4 days each for observation of the active volcanoes Ambrym and Yasur
  • Option to abseil into Bembow crater on Ambrym
  • Close meeting of the traditional life and culture of the Vanuatu people
  • Breathtaking moonscapes, unspoiled rain forest, pristine beaches

Approximate itinerary (14 days / 13 nights on Vanuatu)

Note:
Due to the expedition character and the infrastructure of the destination, changes in the exact itinerary on location might be necessary (e.g. due to weather conditions, changes in domestic flight schedules etc.)
Day 1: Arrival in Port Vila
Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel. Group dinner.
Acc.: hotel (D)
Day 2: Flight from Port Vila to Ambrym Island
Flight to Ambrym, drive to Lalinda village and camp in village.
Acc.: B, L, D
Day 3: Hike into the Ambrym caldera
Hike with porters into the caldera of Ambrym, set up base camp.
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 4: Marum lava lake
Hike to Marum crater and observe its active lava lake.
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 5: Benbow crater's lava lake
Hike to Benbow and abseil (no experience required) into Benbow crater to observe its active lava lake from close (conditions permitting).
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 6: Spare day in caldera
Spare day, if not needed extra optional activities in the caldera, e.g. a small lava tube, a recent flow, a palm forest etc
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 7: Traverse of the caldera, descend to coast
We traverse the caldera by foot though spectacular landscape and descend on the other side of the island.
We overnight in the village near the beach.
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 8: Spare day: local customs and village culture
Relaxing spare day to allow for bad weather and to experience the real village life.
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 9: Ambrym - Port Vila - Tanna - Yasur volcano
Flight via Port Vila to Tanna, transfer to bungalows near Yasur volcano. Volcano visit in the evening: fireworks almost guaranteed!
Acc.: simple bungalows (B, L, D)
Day 10: Port Resolution beach & Yasur volcano
Day on the beautiful Port Resolution beach, evening at the volcano.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 11: Custom village - Yasur volcano
Visit of a custom village, traditional dances and ceremonies. In the evening visit of Yasur volcano.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Ash plane, John Frum village & Yasur
Hike through the Ash Plane, and observations of its geological features. Continuation to the custom village of John Frum (together 1,5 hours): A tribe, which prays to the Americans as gods.
Two options: stay the evening/night in the village to participate in ceremonies (if available), or visit the volcano again in the evening / night.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 13: Flight Tanna - Port Vila, free afternoon
Optional morning visit to Yasur volcano.
Transfer to airport, flight Tanna - Port Vila. Transfer to the hotel, free lunch & afternoon. Farewell dinner at the seafront (not included).
Acc.: hotel in Port Vila as on D1 (B)
Day 14: End of tour
Transfer to airport or own extension (recommended: 1-day tour on Efate).
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: VAN_SPP
Tour type: Photography tour: active volcanoes - nature & culture - adventure
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 6-12
Duration: 14 days

Dates:

26 Jun - 9 Jul 2017
30 Oct - 12 Nov 2017

Price (p.p.): 3190 €  ? 

Included:

  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Domestic flights between Efate, Ambrym and Tanna
  • Full board on Vanuatu (including water) except a few meals as specified
  • Accommodation in guesthouses, hotels and camping
  • Porters, camp hands and local guides
  • Professional photographer and expedition leader Ulla Lohmann and/or Basti Hoffmann

Tour guide:

Ulla Lohmann - internationally renowned photo journalist, adventure and expedition leader. Ulla's work also includes documentary films & articles for ARTE, GEO, National Geographic and others, photography and climbing workshops in the Alps, National Geographic Student expeditions in Australia and more. Ulla's specialty areas are the South Pacific and Papua New Guinea.
Basti Hofmann - climbing instructor, logistics manager and studied
geologist, Alpinist with over 20 years of experience and passionate photographer (Macro and Drone Photography).

Arrival info:

The trip can be combined with the Expedition to Papua New Guinea.
Otherwise, the tour starts and ends in the capital Port Vila on Efate Island where international flights arrive (usually from Brisbane or Sydney in Australia or via Aukland New Zealand). Participants normally arrange their own flight tickets, but on request we can help with that.

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