Etna Top Crater Tour

Climb the summit of Sicily – the Etna Tour for sports enthusiasts

Price on demand

The highest adventure that Etna offers, at an altitude of over 3300 metres! We discover the main craters Bocca Nuova, Voragine and the Northeast Crater. A full day excursion with fantastic trekking among incomparable lunar landscapes.

Itinerary of the tour "Etna Top Crater"

MEETING POINT

Cable car station
If you have decided to meet us in the square in front of the Sapienza Hut, you are already at 1900 m.a.s.l. in the UNESCO protected area “Etna Park”.
Our guide accompanies you by cable car to 2500 m altitude, where we start the tour.

We start climbing through this lunar landscape, encountering extinct craters and crossing the lava surfaces of the last eruptions. Between 2000 and 3000 m altitude we see the few plants that can withstand the extreme climatic conditions, in summer and winter, the drought and the strong wind.

TREKKING IN THE LAVA DESERT – ASCENT

Around us, craters and lava flows in various shades of black, grey and red; here the incessant activity of the volcano gives the plants no time to take hold. We can notice roundish stones that are different from all the others: the volcanic bombs.

CRATER VISIT

After the last trek you feel like you are at the top of the world. It is difficult to describe the sensations you feel here: You are thrilled by the majesty of the show, amazement and charm are enhanced by the awareness of the enormous energy that lies beneath our feet. Unique and varied scenario: the ground transitions from the greys that occur during trekking to the vivid and bright colours caused by the reverse sublimation of the minerals carried by the rising gas. Scenarios and climatic conditions that can also vary rapidly: Wind, fumes, vapours, degassing, all variable conditions that allow you to even look into the volcanic channels under optimal conditions. On clear days we enjoy excellent visibility, which allows us to admire much of Sicily with its mountains and lakes. After walking on the rim of the central crater, we start the descent.

LUNCH

We start the descent; after reaching a comfortable spot for the group, we stop for a picnic break.
The packed lunch is not included in the tour cost. There is the possibility to buy something from local traders at the beginning of the tour.

DESCENT – Lava tunnel

“On the trail we will encounter very different surfaces: we will walk on unstable, raw stones marked by fire and our shoes will sink into lava sand. We will go deeper and enjoy the lunar landscape, with the amazement of what we have experienced on this epic day still in our eyes and hearts. Forever will remain the memory of this unique experience: we walked on the summit of the most active volcano in Europe.”

RETURN – To the next adventure

After exploring Etna inside and out, we have reached the end of our day together.
Until the next adventure!

Important information about the tour

MEETING POINT

  • in front of the Monte Gebel restaurant near the cable car station (view on Google Maps). There are sufficient (paid) parking spaces available.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

  • High trekking shoes (low shoes get a lot of sharp-edged volcanic sand in them) and high socks. When you put the socks over your shoes, they prevent sand from getting into your shoes, like gaiters.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather and altitude, in layers: during the winter season snow clothing incl. Gloves and hat; in summer windbreaker, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • 1.5 l water per person
  • Packed lunch
  • Camera

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Insurance
  • Authorised English-speaking guide (tour guide/AIGAE excursion guides with BLSD certificate)
  • Equipment: trekking poles, windbreakers, backpacks, helmets, lamps and hiking shoes (please let us know your shoe size when booking)
  • Breakfast
  • Packed lunch
  • Tasting of typical products: Honey, cream, liqueurs

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • Cable car and off-road bus ticket for transport to 2900 m at a price of 67€ p.p. (50€ children 4-12 years)
  • Everything that is not listed under “Services included”.

SERVICES ON REQUEST

  • Pick-up from hotel or other meeting point (price by arrangement)
  • Hiking boot hire

IMPORTANT MESSAGES

  • Please inform us in advance of any special circumstances: health problems, allergies, heart disease, blood pressure problems, limited mobility, disability. We will find the best solution for you for an unforgettable day on Etna.
  • We do not recommend activities at this height for women from the third month of pregnancy onwards.
  • Changes may occur or the tour may be cancelled if the guide deems it necessary if weather or volcanic conditions threaten the safety of the group.
  • Of course, all our staff are fully vaccinated for your and our protection.
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