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Baltra Island Bartolome Island Pinta Island Española Island Fernandina Island
Floreana Island Genovesa Island Isabela Island Marchena Island Darwin Island
Rabida Island Santa Cruz Island Santiago Island San Cristobal Seymour Norte
  Santa Fe Island Santa Maria Island Pinzon Island  

Fernandina Island - Galapagos

The youngest of the Galapagos Islands, Fernandina is approximately 700,00 years old. It's location to the west and on the far side of Isabela makes it one of the least visited islands. t still is one of the most active (volcanically) since eruptions still may occur every few years. Which changes the landscape and life on the island. In 1968 the caldera collapsed dropping 1000 feet in a 2-week period. Eruptions in 1995 occurred from a smaller volcano located on the southwest corner of the island. The youngest of the Galapagos Islands, Fernandina is approximately 700,00 years old. It's location to the west and  on the far side of Isabela makes it one of the least visited islands.

It still is one of the most active (volcanically) since eruptions still may occur every few years. Which changes the landscape and life on the island. In 1968 the caldera collapsed dropping 1000 feet in a 2-week period. Eruptions in 1995 occurred from a smaller volcano located on the southwest corner of the island.

This constant state of volcanic change gives Fernandina its unique feeling. Lacking the native plants and animals of the other islands visitors obtain the feeling of being at the end of the earth.

Fernandina is home to a large colony of Marine Iguanas , Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants .

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From the left of the landing site the trail leads into the Lava Fields. As the youngest of the islands, Fernandina allows visitors to view the recent volcanic activity . Located on the northeast part of Fernandina the visit begins with a dry landing. If the tide is right it is possible to use a dock, otherwise the landing is made on to volcanic rock and it can be slippery. The trail to the shore can be filled with interesting obstacles including Marine Iguanas and Mangrove branches. Once on shore there are two paths:

From the left of the landing site the trail leads into the Lava Fields. As the youngest of the islands, Fernandina allows visitors to view the recent volcanic activity .

Fernandina Island - GalapagosThe lava itself is very fragile and full of fissures, which can cause for tenuous walking conditions. Fernandina Island - Galapagos

Plants are nearly devoid in this area; Lava Cactus seems to be one of the few plants able to survive. These small cacti live only a few years, growing in groups.  The spines are yellow when young darkening with age and the flower is a creamy white visible only in the early mornings.

This Land's End trail takes you to a baron patch of land with a few mangroves and rich wildlife. Fernandina is home to the largest colony of Marine Iguanas. During the first half of the year the iguanas nest here by burrowing small holes in the sand.

Following the trail near the tip of the point a colony of sea lions can be seen. Male sea lions are extremely territorial and their barks warning off would-be-intruders are heard over the sound of the crashing surf.

Flightless Cormorants nest in along this rocky area near the high water line, and recently Galapagos Penguins have been spotted nesting in the area.

Quick View

Landing:

Dry Landing

Highlights:

Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins

Conditions:

Rocky and uneven lava

Notes:

Be careful about where you step watching out for Marine Iguanas and their nests.
For more information on each of Galapagos Islands click on map or name
Baltra Island Bartolome Island Pinta Island Española Island Fernandina Island
Floreana Island Genovesa Island Isabela Island Marchena Island Darwin Island
Rabida Island Santa Cruz Island Santiago Island San Cristobal Seymour Norte
  Santa Fe Island Santa Maria Island Pinzon Island  
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