Visits to Tajogaite volcano, in Cumbre Nueva (La Palma). The Tajogaite volcano, the new volcano on the island of La Palma, is open to restricted visits and only with guided accompaniment. This offers the possibility to get approximately 1 km closer to the cone and to see the effect of the eruption, the volcanic cone, the lava flows and how the surrounding vegetation is recovering. In addition, the guides during the visit to the Tajogaite volcano offer detailed information to help you understand the volcanism of the Canary Islands in a simple way. Reservations for visits (in English from 1st October): visits to the volcano. Foto del Volcán Cumbre Vieja, erupción 2021. To access the volcano you have to walk 2.5 km (5 km total) with 4 explanatory stops. The experience is unique and memorable. There is no similar experience in the whole country. It is an experience not to be missed.... Volcán Tajogaite. The Tajogaite volcano, originally called Cumbre Vieja, is a volcano located in the municipality of El Paso on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands. It originated in the eruption that started on 19 Sept 2021, after an initial phase of 25 000 small earthquakes that hit the island for eight days. It stopped on 13 December of the same year, after 85 days of activity, being the longest historical eruption recorded on La Palma and the third longest in the Canary archipelago, and the most recent volcano in the Spanish terrestrial geography. The volcano has a height of 1120 m above sea level, but the main cone is approximately 200 m high. Apart from this main mouth, the Tajogaite volcano complex has 6 aligned craters. The main crater has a major axis of 172 metres and a minor axis of 106
Visits to Tajogaite volcano, in Cumbre Nueva (La Palma). The Tajogaite volcano, the new volcano on the island of La Palma, is open to restricted visits and only with guided accompaniment. This offers the possibility
The day finally came when the volcano on La Palma was extinguished. The eruption is over. We couldn't be happier. After so much destruction of a part of the island, we are slowly getting back to normality without a hitch. And of course we are still working. Our stargazing tours are still our 5* star product! The sky is completely free of gases again and now it is time to rebuild and recover the ash-covered landscapes. We will continue to work towards this. Without a doubt, we now have one more attraction: volcanoes. And when you combine volcanoes and stars, the show is on. Some places have volcanoes, others have stars, but La Palma has both in the same place and its landscapes are unique. Soon we will have a new activity that combines volcanoes and stars. See here.
The day finally came when the volcano on La Palma was extinguished. The eruption is over. We couldn’t be happier. After so much destruction of a part of the island, we are slowly getting back
The volcanic eruption on La Palma has caused numerous economic damages. There has been no personal injury but the economy, the lives of many of neighbors, their homes and their jobs have been damaged beyond recovery. That is why, after the initial scare, and a minimal incidence outside the perimeter of the volcano, we have continued our astronomical activities such as the astronomy tours for stargazing and photography tours. Moreover, as long as the circumstances and the safety of the people allow us, we will continue working and we will not suspend our activities despite the volcanic eruption on La Palma. We want to contribute with what we do best, and that is: work. So we will continue to do it with more passion than ever and while this crisis lasts, all the employees of this company and AstroLaPalma SL, we will donate our full benefits to the neighbors who have been directly affected. We will also contribute with our volunteer work and encouraging anyone who can donate to do so. Out of empathy, out of solidarity and because we can only get out of this misfortune together. If we suspend activities and sit idly by, we will not push financially. As long as it's safe for people and the sky is in the right conditions, we'll keep working. We will greatly appreciate donations to the Island Council for the victims: https://lapalma.es/es/el-cabildo-habilita-vias-para-centralizar-las-donaciones-economicas-de-particulares-y-empresas-para AstroLaPalma team. Astroturism and services for amateur photographers and astronomers.
The volcanic eruption on La Palma has caused numerous economic damages. There has been no personal injury but the economy, the lives of many of neighbors, their homes and their jobs have been damaged beyond
Solar Eclipse June 2021 The solar eclipse of June 2021, as seen from Spain and from La Palma has been partial and with a very modest coverage. This eclipse was best seen in northern Europe and North America and especially from the Arctic. In the Arctic (Canada, Greenland and northeastern Russia) it was annular in shape but at lower latitudes, it only looked as if the moon was taking a bite out of the sun. The further south, the smaller the "bite". So from the Canary Islands, it was hardly noticeable, not even the brightness of the sun changed, while in the Arctic it suddenly went dark. What is a solar eclipse? Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, obscuring the image of the Sun. As the orbits of planets are elliptical, the Earth-Moon and Earth-Sun (and therefore Sun-Moon) distances are not always the same. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from us to completely block out the Sun, leaving a circle of light around it. However, if they are closer together, a total solar eclipse is possible. * Please remember that for the observation of any solar eclipse you will need approved eye protection. Never look at the sun directly or using home-made accesories. When will we see another eclipse from Spain? The last partial solar eclipse visible in Spain occurred on 21 August 2017, albeit in poor conditions as it occurred at sunset and it was difficult to see. The next one will be seen on 25 October 2022, but only visible in the northeast of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. To see a total solar eclipse we will have to wait until 12 August 2026, followed by another on 2 August the
Solar Eclipse June 2021 The solar eclipse of June 2021, as seen from Spain and from La Palma has been partial and with a very modest coverage. This eclipse was best seen in northern Europe
Nightscape photography: preparation. In recent years it seems to be fashionable to be able and to know how to photograph the Milky Way. No wonder it is in fashion and certainly a good trend.... After all, dark, starry skies are exceptionally beautiful and due to light pollution they have become scarce. On the island of La Palma, it is still possible to find dark skies easily and, in fact, it is considered one of the best places in the world to stargaze. It has also become a mecca for astrotourism, observe stars and night photography as the whole island has exceptional landscapes for this practice. If you are planning a trip to La Palma or anywhere else with dark skies and want to do nightscape photography, you need to be prepared. Here are the basics you need to know. Recommended equipment for nightscape photography: preparation. There is no room for improvisation when it comes to equipment for night photography. You must be well prepared, as night sessions usually take place in inaccessible or distant locations to avoid light pollution. This is the equipment I recommend for night photography. Camera. The type of camera will depend on your budget as it is usually an expensive equipment. However, you will need a bright (fast) lens and a camera that allows at least 3200 ISO and long exposure. In general terms make sure the camera has: manual settings, RAW format, bulb mode, if possible full frame, noise reduction option and Live View mode (for manual focus). A wide-angle lens: 24mm, 14mm are ideal. A telephoto lens (if you want to photograph the moon). An Intervalometer. Warm, comfortable clothing and footwear. Spare batteries. A sturdy tripod. Memory cards. Camera backpack with different compartments (ideally waterproof). Headlamp, preferably red or white/red. Mobile phone
Nightscape photography: preparation. In recent years it seems to be fashionable to be able and to know how to photograph the Milky Way. No wonder it is in fashion and certainly a good trend…. After
La Palma is a Starlight Reserve. This certification awarded in 2012 by the UNESCO's Starlight Initiative, has made La Palma the first place in the world with this honour. The fact that La Palma is a Starlight Reserve confirms that the island is committed to defending the quality of the night sky and providing access to the light of the stars for everyone. For this reason, La Palma promotes values associated with the quality and enjoyment of the sky, such as cultural (archaeoastronomical sites), scientific (astronomical research), astronomical (observatories and amateur observation), landscape or natural (astronomical viewpoints, etc), tourist activities such as our stargazing activities and other businesses ranging from restaurants, themed accommodation and the organisation of astronomical events. Currently, La Palma has exclusion zones where the natural lighting conditions and clarity of the night sky remain intact, and it also has a participative action plan and a set of recommendations aimed at preserving or recovering the quality of the night sky as far as possible. You can enjoy the sky of La Palma in one of our astronomical viewpoints or sites of astronomical interest: viewpoints or book one of our astronomy tours to enjoy the stars with a guide and telescopes. More information about the Starlight Reserve at: Starlight Iniciative y Proyecto Starisland La Palma.
La Palma is a Starlight Reserve. This certification awarded in 2012 by the UNESCO’s Starlight Initiative, has made La Palma the first place in the world with this honour. The fact that La Palma is
Astrotourism in La Palma wins Fitur Award. The astrotourism in La Palma wins the 2018 Fitur Award in the category of best active tourism product. The award accredits astrotourism the excellent public-private collaboration model of astrotourism on the island of La Palma. This long-awaited award was collected by the Councillor for Tourism of the La Palma Island Council, Alicia Vanoostende, as well as Carlos Fernández (Isla Bonita and Canary Islands Tourism Award in 2017) and Ana García Suárez, CEO of AstroLaPalma. This award undoubtedly ensures the consolidation and positive evolution of astro-tourism in La Palma. From the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the large scientific facilities that do great science to the small companies related to astrotourism, many efforts have been made to make La Palma a unique star destination in the world. Furthermore, La Palma was chosen in 2017 by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as a global example of evolution and strengthening of astrotourism and in 2015 it was awarded the Tourism Merit Plaque (Spanish Ministry of Tourism). Book your astronomy tour and discover it for yourself! If you prefer to see on your onw, visit one of the astronomy viewpoints on the island or visit the Observatory.
Astrotourism in La Palma wins Fitur Award. The astrotourism in La Palma wins the 2018 Fitur Award in the category of best active tourism product. The award accredits astrotourism the excellent public-private collaboration model of
Astronomy viewpoints and sites to stargaze are easy to find following the map below. La Palma has a network of 16 astronomical viewpoints and a large number of sites of astronomical interest that allow visitors to stargaze as well enjoying sunsets, sunrises and landscape photography... The astronomy viewpoints and sites of interest for stargazing are simple but very useful infrastructures to enjoy watching the stars. We have also added here some sites of astronomical interest that are worth visiting, such as the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory. Please note that the Astrophysical Observatory of La Palma is not open at night. However, you can access one of the visits of the Observatory in the mornings or simply enjoying the views the Observatory from the outside. Reservations for the Observatory visits can be made here (note: there may be restrictions due to covid19). The viewpoints are located in different areas of the island, at different heights above sea level and orientation. In such a way that the user can adapt to the weather that day and the microclimates of the island. Each viewpoint has interpretative panels on subjects related to astronomy, observation of the night sky, observation of the moon, recognition of the main constellations and stars such as the North star (Polaris star), etc. In addition, the astronomical viewpoints have parking facilities. We recommend: red torch (never white). When approaching the viewpoints, please be careful with the lights of your vehicle. Warm clothing, even in summer. Map of the viewpoints and astronomy sites of interest to stargaze in La Palma. Lists of sites (in bold those considered more interesting): Mirador San Bartolo (Puntallana) Mirador del Molino (Barlovento) Mirador Montaña Buracas (Garafía) Mirador de Miraflores (Puntagorda) Mirador La Muralla (Tijarafe) Mirador Amateur Pico de la Cruz (Km31 on road Lp4) Mirador al
Astronomy viewpoints and sites to stargaze are easy to find following the map below. La Palma has a network of 16 astronomical viewpoints and a large number of sites of astronomical interest that allow visitors
In Ecotourism, the island of La Palma has been a pioneer. In the 1990s, with the appearance of rural tourism it began this commitment. A decade later, with the appearance of astro-tourism, it has been consolidated. Ecotourism options are well established in La Palma and the enjoyment of nature is guaranteed. Thus, La Palma is an excellent place to travel, to travel leisurely and to enjoy its spectacular nature. The island also known as "La Isla Bonita", has incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes, enchanted forests, a thousand kilometres of trails, transparent beaches and a dark sky full of stars. The year 2020 has meant a change in the world view for the vast majority of people since the incidence of covid19 has made us rethink the way we live and travel. Some places have remained almost immune to this, such as the island of La Palma, where the number of covid cases has been the lowest in Europe. In an era after coronavirus, La Palma is a safe and healthy destination. New ways of travelling are here, with longer stays, to places where avoiding crowds are possible and where work (teleworking) and travel can be combined. This is undoubtedly a change brought by covid health measures together with climate change, that will contribute to sustainable tourism. Carbon footprint will decrease with less customers, but with longer stays for each of them. If you want to enjoy a nature destination away from mass tourism, come to La Isla Bonita. Ecotourism in La Palma. Ecotourism guide #lapalma What to do in La Palma? #hiking #volcanoes #stars #reserve #biosphere #malvasia #gofio
In Ecotourism, the island of La Palma has been a pioneer. In the 1990s, with the appearance of rural tourism it began this commitment. A decade later, with the appearance of astro-tourism, it has been
This fantastic video shows the Observatory of La Palma at night. The beauty of it is breathtaking. We hope you enjoyed it as we have! The Roque de Los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory on La Palma island is a prestigious research centre with one of the most advanced professional telescope arrays in the world. Here is a video with spectacular images of the night sky over La Palma and of the sky at the Observatorio de La Palma at night (see note below*). In the video you can see the William Herschel Telescope, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias and other smaller telescopes. The Roque de Los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory offers daytime visits to its facilities (Reservations: here) but night time visits are possible during working hours. However, do not dispair as La Palma is a Dark Sky Reserve (an Starlight Reserve) and stargazing is possible on the whole island. Here is a list and map of the astronomy viewpoints and astronomical sites of interest if you wish to stargaze. But if you need a little bit more: explanations, use of telescopes and a guided tour of the sky, you may consider joining one of our astronomy tours. More information about the Observatory on its official website: iac.es/orm Video by Vikas Chandler. Observatory Roque de Los Muchachos (La Palma) at night.
This fantastic video shows the Observatory of La Palma at night. The beauty of it is breathtaking. We hope you enjoyed it as we have! The Roque de Los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory on La Palma
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