30 Days Wild – Day 20 – Volcanoes and Lava Fields at Timanfaya National Park

Today I visited Timanfaya National Park (volcanoes and lava fields) on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. 

The trip also included a visit to the vineyards:

   
Most of the land is covered with black sand, so the plant beds have been dug individually over the last 50 years. It is not obvious from the photo, but each individual plant bed is crater-shaped so only the very centre was deep enough for the plant to reach the soil underneath. The walls around each plant protect it from the wind.

 

The lava fields looked impressive. The lava flows were clearly visible, and I could imagine the molten lava cooling and solidifying to form the landscape below:

  
The roads ran through the lava, with some very tight twists and turns. (A couple of times the coach scraped a few rocks).  

Below is one of the craters formed by the flows of lava:

 
It was impressive to see such a different landscape to the rolling fields and trees of the UK. Lanzarote gets only around a tenth of the rain that we do, so most of the landscapes are dry with not much vegetation. The lava fields looked as if the lava could have solidified weeks ago, let alone a few hundred years ago.

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