Galapagos Islands Fernandina – Island of the Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Islands Fernandina is the third-largest island in the archipelago and home to one of the most active volcanoes – La Cumbre. The latest volcanic activity was in 2018. It is also the youngest and westernmost island. Fernandina Island is a no man’s land inhabited by an unbelievably diverse range of wildlife. The island is one of the few remaining intact ecosystems in the world and its coast is lined with thick mangroves.

As you arrive on the island, be prepared to meet one of the largest species of marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands. The flightless cormorants can only be found on this island and occasionally on Isabela Island. Together with the Galapagos penguin, they often rest on rocky crags where you can watch them feed and groom their young. There are also tidal pools where you might find a washed up sea turtle or stingray trapped in them.

Due to its recent volcanic activity, you will find extraordinary lava formations and landscapes on the island as well as endemic lava cacti. A visit to the island’s hot spot brings home a reminder of our breathing and living planet earth.


Visit the hot spot, largest marine iguana population, and the flightless cormorant


Lava cacti and mangroves.


Flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, lava lizards, Galapagos hawk and many more.

Please note that Fernandina Island is only reachable by cruise taking the west route. Check out our Galapagos cruise packages below which takes you to this unique island!

Fernandina Island at a glance

Area: 642 km²
Highest elevation: 1,494 m
Population: uninhabited

Ways to get there: cruise ship on West Route

Landing: wet landing (knee-deep water) or dry landing

Snippets of Island Fernandina