Stromboli, Isole Eoli

3.- 8. November 2006


M. Rietze, Th. Boeckel

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Aerial photos from Vulcano and Lipari during the flight Catania/Rom. View to the Eoli Islands from the Gran Cratere (Vulcano).

If  the time permits, the stop on an Eoli island is always a good decision. The ship (aliscafo or traghetti) on the way to the Stromboli roams across the southeast island complex whereby every island has its own character. Amazing that some of  these islands are still uninhabited.

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Thus Martin stopped at the island Vulcano, in order to make some exposure experiments in the Gran Cratere. Bad weather and a moderate activity at the sulfur fumaroles accelerated the way to the island Stromboli.

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Alicudi and Filicudi open the western part of the Lipari Archipelago.


Sunsets at the Vancori (Stromboli) are not to be over-bid here, and the cloud pictures with their formations are really a imaginative presentation.


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The ascent to the Vancori (932 m), the first caldera of the Stromboli requires step resistance, but is technically well feasible. Here indeed new points of views opens, which also emphasise the appearance of the primal volcano Vancori. That impressive crescent-shaped ' remainder ' of the caldera, permits good views to the new crater terrace, the still active Stromboli.



An about 15 meter of high Hornito built itself up since summer in the western crater terrace. The cone blew itself nearly up during the last large explosion.

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Now there are 2/3 of the cone remaining. This gives the volcanic scene a special aesthetic.

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The mountain shade of the Stromboli in the morning light. The smoke trail of the volcano near the horizon could be discovered. Right. The broken cone observed from the Pizzo.


With the close-up of the East crater, beautiful details were showed during the ejection activity at a short clear weather phase at the summit. Rich material was ejected over 20 seconds more then 100 meters. Between the still liquid shreds you can discover cooled rocks. Generally I would estimate the momentary activity moderately. The rare view in the East crater permitted excellent details, but the northern currency of the weather brought permanently steam and volcan gases to the summit area.


Hornito activity in the Morning

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The crater terrace with the low standing full moon. The candle-like activity dominated between the meager inserts of the other craters.


Photographs from base of the island. Even the location  ' Pizzeria ' in the Northeast of the island permits still interesting sights. With the full moon light and very long exposure times the crater landscape with its structure appears clearly.

For orientation click to the aerial map

The "Green flash"


A sun-specially. The "Greenflash" over a far distanced mountain ridge (120km) of the Sicilian main island. The reason of this light phenomena is the smaller refraction angle of the green portion in the sunlight. So the tiny remainder of the sun disk appears sometimes for seconds as a green ' lightning '. However this is working only in absolute clear weather conditions, and favoritly over the smooth far sea surface while staying on a hill! Probably it doesn't work at your gold-fish-pool!

Click to 'Green flash' Hawaii 2004


The apprx. 100 Km distanced  Etna from the Vancori

From Stromboli  to Etna


 ALL craters can erupt and throw out far behind the observation point Pizzo. In this distance lava bombs can cause fatal injuries.



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 ©2006 photos by M.Rietze (MR). T. Boeckel (TB)  last modification 19.11.06

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