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Etna: Summit Craters 3357 m. Trekking Tour

1. Etna: Summit Craters 3357 m. Trekking Tour

Learn the history of Mount Etna while traversing its sandstone trails and peering into its famous craters. Embark on an adventure under the careful guidance of a certified volcanological or alpine guide. The tour begins in Piano Provenzana Square (Linguaglossa - Etna North). Meet the guide by the ticket office and ascend to a height of 2,800 meters in a specialized 4x4 jeep. Start with a 1.5-hour climb along an easy section of trail that leads to the edge of the Bocca Nuova Crater (also known as La Voragine), at 3,250 meters. Along the way, your guide will explain the geology and historical background of the Etna Volcano. Continue in a clockwise direction along a nimble path to the Central Crater and then to the North East Crater, formed in 1911. If the weather conditions allow, you may even be able to walk up to its rim and take a quick peek into the depths below. Enjoy the vistas from the summit of Mount Etna. If the weather permits, hikers can admire panoramic views of the Aeolian islands as well as the coasts of Taormina, Catania, Calabria, and Stromboli with full clarity. Last but not least, explore the South East Crater, one of Etna's most active. From here, look over the valley del Bove below. After touring all 4 craters, start the 30-minute descent through a steep but manageable sandstone section that brings you down to 3,000 meters. Here, choose to walk along a sand gully to Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), or return to the meeting point by jeep.

Guided Mount Etna Summit Craters with 4x4 from north side

2. Guided Mount Etna Summit Craters with 4x4 from north side

Trekking to the summit craters that will allow us to discover the wild northern slope of Etna.The departure will be from Piano Provenzana(1800mt) by 4x4 vehicle to Piano delle Concazza(2800mt). From here we will begin our trekking, which will take about 1.5 hours of walking in a volcanic desert with a view sweeping from the Aeolian Islands to the Gulf of Taormina, and will take us to the rim of the Central Crater, where we will be able to feel the volcano's breath and admire the deep crater depression and its colourful sulphur sublimates. Our tour will continue to the summit area to admire the Bocca Nuova, the South-East crater from a safe distance, and the North-East crater. The descent will be along steep, fun volcanic sand gullies that will take us to Pizzi Deneri where we can admire the volcanic amphitheatre of Valle del Bove, a spectacular caldera 8 km long and 4 km wide. After a lunch break, we will continue downhill along the Quarantore gullies with a splendid view of the 2002 eruptive fracture through a path rich in plant species endemic to Etna. We will end our trek in Piano Provenzana. Duration: 5h Difficulty: medium-high Height difference: 600 +,1500- Development: 12 KM The hike is not recommended for heart patients and those suffering from vertigo,forbidden for children under 8 years. Departure time: 8 am Recommended clothing: trekking shoes, windproof jacket, sweatshirt, long trousers, gloves and hat, neck warmer to protect from gases and volcanic sand A packed lunch and at least 1.5lt of water per person is recommended Number of participants in group: minimum 5, maximum 10 The tour may be subject to change due to bad weather conditions or increased volcanic activity

Linguaglossa: Guided Mt. Etna North and 2002 Craters Hike

3. Linguaglossa: Guided Mt. Etna North and 2002 Craters Hike

Discover the northern side of Etna on a full-day trip from Linguaglossa. Marvel at panoramic views from the Pizzi Deneri Volcanic Observatory, drive up the volcano past volcanic cones, and hike along the lunar-like landscape of Mt. Etna. Hop into a bus equipped to handle the rough mountain terrain and head up Mt. Etna. Follow the Northeast Rift, passing eruptive cones from past and recent eruptions. At 2,900 meters, step out of your bus and into the desolate landscapes of the Piano delle Concazze. Begin your hike and learn about the eruptions that have scarred the area from your guide. Trek for about 10 minutes to reach Valle del Bove and the summit craters. While standing above these deep craters, hear about the 2002 eruption and its devastating impact on the surrounding towns. Continue to the Volcanic Observatory at Pizzi Deneri. See the world from above and spot the Aeolian islands, the coast of Taormina, the coast of Catania, the coast of Calabria, and the Stromboli if weather permits before returning to the foot of the volcano in your bus.

From Taormina: Cycling Tour to the Top of Mount Etna

4. From Taormina: Cycling Tour to the Top of Mount Etna

Pickup from your hotel in Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Your tour will start from the southern part of the Etna volcano. After reaching Rifugio Sapienza, ride along a dirt path with your guide, between ancient craters and recent lava flows. Admire an extraordinary panorama, with views of the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove. Later, put on a helmet and headlamp and head inside a lava cave to learn how lava flows are formed, before returning to the starting point. In the end, visit one of the area’s top organic farms to taste products such as honey, olive oil, and wine.

From Nicolosi: Mount Etna South Summit Craters Trekking Tour

5. From Nicolosi: Mount Etna South Summit Craters Trekking Tour

Explore the beauty and history of Mount Etna on this volcanic trekking tour with an alpine or volcanological guide. Trek to the top of the volcano and see some of its most famous volcanic craters. Admire 360-degree views of the surrounding area from the top of the volcano. Start the excursion to the summit craters from the square of the Sapienza RefugeNicolosi, first using the Cableway Etna, which from an altitude of 1900 meters will travel up to an altitude of 2500 meters. Reach 2500 meters, and continue the tour in 4x4s before reaching an altitude of 2900 meters in the area called Barbagallo Craters. Begin trekking along the former Torre del Filosofo path through the lava fields emitted by the recent activities of the South East Crater which produced lava fountains up to 10 km high. Cross the lava fields to reach the summit craters of Mount Etna and learn about the volcano and its history of eruptions from the guide while exploring the area. Trek for around 2 km, and cross the last lava flow from 27 July 2019, before taking a path for that leads to an altitude of 3250 meters, on the edge of the “Bocca Nuova”. Visit all of the volcano's active craters: Central Crater, North East Crater, Bocca Nuova Crater and finally the South East Crater. Continue the excursion, skirting the Crater "Bocca Nuova", to the edge of the Central Crater. Observe the crater and admire the latest eruptive vent that opened in the last year. Take a steep but short climb to the inside of the North East Crater if weather and volcanic conditions allow, and admire the view from inside. Enjoy spectacular views from the top of the volcano, and if conditions are clear, see the Aeolian Islands, the Nebrose Mountains, the Coast of Taormina, the Coast of Catania, the coast of Calabria, and the Stromboli. See the Southeast Crater, one of the most active craters of Etna, and the majestic Valle del Bove. Begin the descent along a steep, but easy sandstone path which in about 10 minutes will take us from an altitude of 3323 meters to an altitude of approximately 3000 meters, and stop for a short picnic. Continue in the direction of the Barbagallo Craters, after having skirted and visited the two craters, the excursion continues toward the relatively effusive mouths and the respective lava flow tunnel . Move eastwards from here, to skirt the long edge of the Valle del Bove or Belvedere dell' Etna. Reach the arrival station of the Etna cableway after about 6 hours of trekking, and be taken by the cableway to Piazzale del Rifugio Sapienza in a matter of minutes to finish the tour.

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,609 reviews

This was absolutely excellent and something to remember and talk about for many years. The guides are incredibly helpful and professional as well as having really amazing local detailed knowledge. Have been on a number of volcano trips around the world and this was by far the best. Would not hesitate to recommend

We enjoyed this tour, the weather cooperated and everything was great. You should note that the return trip from 2800m to the starting point is paid separately 20€ and is not included in the price.