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ETNA EXCURSION TO CRATERS FROM 2002

5/5
69€  59€ p.p
* Children under 13 years pay €5 less! Children under 4 years free!

Durata
DURATION

9:00 – 16:00

Altitudine
ALTITUDE

2100 m on sea level

Trekking
TREKKING

6 km

Difficoltà
DIFFICULTY

Medium

A tour to discover the largest craters of the 2002 eruption, the most impressive and abrupt volcanic activity of the last 20 years. From the top of the craters we admire the panorama of the northern side of Etna, from Calabria to the north-eastern main crater. This very varied route will take you to lunar landscapes and fairytale forests, making the tour an exciting experience that will show you the many faces of Etna: from barren craters of lava slag to the fertile forests of endemic birch trees and the dark corners of the lava caves.
Meeting Point

MEETING POINT

Piano Provenzana

WE ADVICE 

• Trekking shoes
• Proper clothes depending on the season, the weather conditions and the altitude: during winter season snow clothing (hat and gloves essential), during summer season a wind jacket, a hat and sunscreen
• 1.5 L water per person
• Lunch box
• Personal camera

INCLUDED SERVICES

• Insurance during the tour;
• Authorised English tour guide (touristic guides, hiking guides AIGAE-GRE in possession of BLSD certification).
• Equipment: Helmets, torches and hiking sticks

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

Anything not specified in the "Included services"

SERVICES ON REQUEST

• Pick-up from the hotel or another meeting point (price by arrangement)
• Rental of trekking-shoes and jackets

IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS

Tell us in advance about any special needs or health issues, such as allergies, heart disease, pressure problems, walking difficulties, handicaps. We will do our best to let you enjoy the tour to its full extent. Thank you!

!!! The tour could be modified or interrupted by the guide, in case of dangerous weather or vulcanic conditions that may undermine everyone safety.

OFF TO THE LUNAR LANDSCAPES 

Armed with water, sandwiches, camera and everything that we have recommended to you in the "Information" section, let's go.

At the ski facilities of Piano Provenzana, Etna North, at an altitude of 1800 m, we encounter the last pine trees of the Pineta Ragabo forest and some beech trees, and then we suddenly find ourselves in the middle of a lunar landscape. Between huge lava fields and lava bombs in various shades of black and red, we feel like we are on Mars.
Slowly, as we approach the craters, the rough, reddish surfaces of the lava flows give way to the rounded surfaces of the lava bombs scattered across the landscape like remnants of a war.

ALONG THE NORTH-EASTERN RIFT

We visit the extraordinary fracture of the 1928 eruption, where lava reached Linguaglossa in just 8 days.

We follow this exciting trail which, although not at high altitude, follows an extremely vivid piece of the North-Eastern Rift - or Pernicana Fault. This is one of Etna's largest faults and causes displacements of the order of 2 to 4 cm every year.

2002 CRATERS

We walk up to the top of the largest craters of the 2002 eruption;
imposing pyroclastic cones that formed in an amazing way in only 10 days.

From here we can see that originally several lava flows were moving in different directions. But then they gradually came to a halt, all except one, which moved on unstoppably at a remarkable speed of 10 km/h, stopping just 5 km from Linguaglossa.

THE ENCHANTING BIRCH FOREST

After the hike at Piano Provenzana, we descend to an altitude of 1740 m and make our way to the 1971 eruption to visit the Serracozzo Cave.
A few minutes by car and only a few kilometres from the path we have just covered, we are immersed in a completely different environment, in an almost fairytale atmosphere: entering a birch forest is always a fantastic experience, but when it is a species that is unique in the world, the sensory impression is even more overwhelming.

SERRACOZZO CAVE & RETURN

Arriving at the 1971 lava flow, we notice the beautiful knitted lava, unique shapes found on the surface of lava flows that have moved slowly.
But it is only when we see a lava tunnel from the inside that we realise what the glowing lava can create as it flows through this tube.
We enter the lava tunnel and discover stalactites (called dog's teeth), bubbles (blisters), lava tubes, etc.
See you on the next adventure!

Durata
DURATION

9:00 – 16:00

Difficoltà
DIFFICULTY

Medium

Altitudine
ALTITUDE

2100 m on sea level

Trekking
TREKKING

6 km

69€   59€ p.p.

* Children under 12 pay € 5 less!

2002 craters tour map
2002 craters tour map
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