Fernandina Galapagos Island

Fernandina Galapagos Island (or Narborough), is the youngest and most westerly of the major Islands of Galapagos.


It's remote location and striking volcanic landscapes turns it into one of the most exotic Islands and yet the least visited one.

This Island is the third largest in the Galapagos Archipelago, with an area of 642 Km2 and it is located on the west side of Isabela Island.

It is also the most volcanically active Island in the archipelago and its volcano has erupted several times, last eruption was on May 2005.

The volcano on its southern flank had a fissure eruption that generated flows, and they headed straight down after few hours of the activity.

These flows, undoubtedly lethal because of their temperature, seemed like hot fudge running down a cold scoop of ice cream.

This analogy, although strange by concept, is very close to what happens in reality: a hot semi liquid material running over a cold surface.

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La Cumbre Volcano on Fernandina Galapagos Island can reach up to 1500 meters in height with a crater opening of about 6.5 km wide but visitors will only see the outside skirts of this crater.

Due to its recent volcanic activity, the Island does not present much plant life and it has a rather gray ambiance.

However, some popular animal in this island is the Marine Iguana of Galapagos which can often be seen sunbathing or swimming near the shore.

The marine iguanas from Galapagos are the only lizards that are known to swim in the world.

These animals are part of Fernandina Galapagos Island and it is quite a view to see them change their colors from a blackish green to amazing blues and reds during mating season.

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At the tip of the peninsula, it is sometimes possible to see the beautiful Flightless Cormorant

Punta Espinoza is a small inlet framed by mangroves where Galapagos Penguins and colorful Galapagos Crabs can be seen, as well as herons and sandpipers.

At Punta Espinoza, don't miss the opportunity to see the black lava rocks, and walk among pelicans, frigates, and the largest population of marine iguanas.

Visit Fernandina Galapagos Island and enjoy its black sand beaches, rocky shores and spectacular wildlife.

If you're lucky (you never know) you might witness a volcanic eruption which is one of the most incredible experiences in the Galapagos Islands.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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