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Review of Stromboli Volcano

Stromboli Volcano
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

It’s an adventure. It’s a very stiff climb so don’t attempt it if you aren’t reasonably fit. The first 500m of the climb was a steepish hill walk. The last 450m was a climb. The total journey took us 2.5 hours to climb 950m.

I went with Magmatrek who were very efficient in their guidance regarding the clothing and equipment you will need. Our Guide was Adriano who set a comfortable pace for our party and was very knowledgable regarding the geology and general information about the volcano.

Only bad thing about the trip was the weather! The clouds came in halfway through the climb and in combination with the ash cloud you literally could not see anything. We heard some tremendous explosions of gas at intervals but could not see the craters or any plumes of lava.

I would strongly recommend that you take the night climb when the wind is generally lower so there should be less cloud. In addition check the weather forecast before you book to make sure it’s going to be a clear night. Otherwise it’s a good climb but it’s not volcano watching.

We also went out on our boat to watch the volcano from the water. It was clear that night and we saw some spectacular plumes, so clearly very weather dependent.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

One is not allowed on the volcano without a certified guide. The hike starts late in the afternoon, so as to be on the top at sunset, and view the eruptions in the dark. WOW!!!!!!!!! It was incredible. Really out of this world. Helmets required, and provided by the guide company. The hike is challenging as the final third of the ascent is on steep, very soft volcanic sand. Some folks had real problems with the hike and could not complete it. There is a lower trail which we were told also provides views of the eruptions if one is unable to do the hike. Be prepared. Good hiking boots, headlamp for the descent, as one descends in the dark, and a sandwich for dinner on the rim. The hike down was really fun, as it was essentially skiing down a sandy mountain. Really, really incredible experience, not to be missed if you are able. Not appropriate for young children, too dangerous and challenging.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Stromboli Vulcano what an adventure...

we booked an excursion at Stromboli adventures.

A never to forget experience in a very positive way.

a Challenging hike for beginners but doable for everyone who is not impaired.

On the top we saw multiple eruptions of lava fontains.

a must see for everyone.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and has been erupting almost continuously since 1932. Because it has been active for much of the last 2,000 years and its eruptions are visible for long distances at night, it is known as the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean". It is among the world's most visited volcanoes. Stromboli is widely known for its spectacular eruptions which jet fountains of molten rock from its lava-filled central crater. Because these eruptions are so distinctive and well known, geologists use the word "Strombolian" to clearly describe similar eruptive activity at other volcanoes. Stromboli forms the northeastern-most of the Aeolian islands. Its base begins over 1000 meters below the surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea and it rises to an elevation of 924 meters above sea level. The thing I also loved about Stromboli is it's black beaches, and how dark the sea is.
Climbing the volcano is only permitted with an offical guide, and there is a limit to the number of people allowed to visit the crater each day. Around the Scari landing jetty and village you'll find advertisements and businesses where you can book a guide and also hire hiking boots and other equipment. Guides will generally provide the protective helmets which you're required to wear. In the height of summer, try to reserve in advance to be sure of a place on an excursion. Walks generally set off in the late afternoon, to arrive at the crater for dramatic pyrotechnics at dusk. The outing takes around five hours, and should only be attempted if you are confident of your fitness. See the links panel on the right to research a volcano excursion or book a guide online. There is one principal settlement on Stromboli, clustered on slopes near the seashore. This large village is generally termed 'Stromboli', though different districts have their own local names, beginning with Scari, the principal arrival point for Stromboli. There is a jetty for ferries and some places to buy refreshments. Stalls advertising boat tours and volcano excursions dot the waterfront and the lane climbing up to the heart of Stromboli village. Alongside is a picturesque stretch of shingle beach, where fishing boats are pulled up on the volcanic sand and pebbles. Uphill, along narrow lanes past souvenir shops, and flowers clambering over whitewashed buildings, visitors arrive at the little piazza in the part of Stromboli called San Vincenzo. The island's principal church, the Chiesa di San Vincenzo, makes a pretty picture against the slopes of the volcano. Here you'll find a cafe, a panoramic terrace and also places to book walks up the volcano.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Viewed Stromboli from the cruise ship. The captain slowed, perhaps dawdled, so everyone would have a great view of Stromboli. Amazing how a volcano can dominate an island. Nea4ly a perfect volcano.

Date of experience: February 2017
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