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3-19 Sep 2020: Volcanoes of Java - Java (Indonesia)
19-26 Sep 2020: Pearl of the Aegean - Santorini - Santorini Island (Greece)
10-18 Oct 2020: From Stromboli to Etna - Eolian Islands + Etna volcano (Italy)
14-27 Nov 2020: Desert, salt and volcanoes - Danakil desert (Ethiopia)
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Satellite image of Erta Ale volcano showing the heat signal from its summit lava lake
Friday, Jun 19, 2020
There are signs that the volcano's famous lava lake is increasing again. The lake is contained in the main (southern) pit crater inside the summit caldera of the vast shield volcano, located in one of the most remote places of the Danakil depression in the Afar triangle. ... [more]
Satellite image of Erta Ale from 17 Aug 2019 showing the areas of new lava flows at the surface (image: Sentinal-hub)
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
A series of relatively large lava surface flows is visible on recent satellite images, in locations between 3-4 km SE from the summit caldera. ... [more]

Volcanoes of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Adwa |Afderà |Alayta |Ale Bagu |Ali Mela |Alu |Alutu |Asavyo |Asgura |Ayelu |Badi |Beru |Bilate River Field |Bishoftu Volcanic Field |Boina |Bora-Bericcio |Borale Ale |Borawli |Boset-Bericha |Butajiri-Silti Field |Ch'Ilalo |Chew Bahir |Chiracha |Corbetti Caldera |Dabbahu |Dabbayra |Dalaffilla |Dalaha'ale |Dallol |Dama Ali |Data Gabalti |Dawa Ale-Quarry |Didolli |Dofen |Duguna |East Zway |Egersuwa |Ela |Erta Ale |Fantale |Finini |Gabillema |Gad Elu |Gada Ale |Gademota Caldera |Gedamsa |Groppo |Hayli Gubbi |Hertali |Hobitcha Caldera |Katahelu |Kone |Korath Range |Kurub |Liado Hayk |Ma Alalta |Manda Gargori | Manda Hararo |Manda-Inakir |Mat Ala |Mega Basalt Field |Mousa Alli |O'a Caldera |Oyma |Sodore |Sork Ale |Tat Ali |Tepi |Tosa Sucha |Tullu Moje |Undurer |Unnamed 8.07°N / 39.07°E |Unnamed 8.62°N / 38.95°E |Unnamed 8.70/39.63 |Unnamed 8.7°N / 39.63°E |Yangudi |Zikwala
Expeditions to Ethiopia's volcanoes:
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
14 days / 13 nights - Moderate
$ 4530 €£¥
14-27 Nov 2020
13-26 Nov 2021
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

Danakil desert (Ethiopia): Colourful miracles
(8 days expedition to Erta Ale, Dallol, salt lakes (Danakil depression, Ethiopia) and Wukro)
Erta Ale Volcano Special - expedition to Erta Ale's current eruption
6 - 8 days - Moderate
$ 2650 €£¥
Custom and group dates
27 Dec 20 - 3 Jan 2021
17-24 Jan 2021
14-21 Feb 2021
8 days expedition, starting and ending in Mekele, going straight to the heart of the Danakil desert to explore the Erta Ale shield volcano and Dallol hydrothermal fields! After climbing to the volcanoes summit in the morning you meet a beautiful sunrise at the rim of the crater. Spending 2 days allo you to study the volcanoes craters and the new fissure eruption site on the volcano's flank. After descending the volcano you travel onward to the Danakil Depression, where you spend about 2 days exploring the colorful hydrothermal deposits of Dallol, acid lakes, salt formations and camel caravans. At the end you will stay in the city of Wukro and visit ancient churches with beautiful paintings. ...more info

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