from 65€ p.p
Do you want to spend a whole day on the Sicilian volcano? You can do it with this tour! Visit with us Etna’s most fascinating places: caves, craters, landscapes, woods. But don’t stop here. Push your self… dare the 3000m!
Rifugio Sapienza Cableway
Trekking or running shoes, proper clothes depending on the season, the weather conditions and to the altitude: during winter season we recommend snow clothing (hat and gloves essential), during summer season you should wear a wind jacket, a hat and bring sunscreen. Bring some water, a snack, and don't forget your camera!
• Jeep 4x4;
NOT INCLUDED SERVICES
• Ticket for transport up to 2800 m at a cost of 67 € (the slope of the ascent will be chosen according to the logistical possibilities);
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. Hiking at this altitude is not permitted to women over 3 months pregnant.
!!! The tour could be modified or interrupted by the guide, in case of dangerous weather or vulcanic conditions that may undermine everyone safety.
Meeting at the square in front of the Sapienza refuge, you are already at 1900 m above sea level in the UNESCO protected area called "Etna Park".
Here you will meet with our guide and with the cable car you will reach 2500 m asl, where you will start the trekking.
We go up the volcano slope by cableway, coming across old extinct craters as well as lava fields from more recent eruptions. At about 2000 and 3000 m we will be able to see very few plant species that manage to survive in very extreme conditions, such as extreme temperatures both in winter and summer, dry soil, strong wind.
All around us, craters and solid lava flows coloured in shades of black, grey and red; here, the incessant activity of the volcano does not allow vegetation to grow. By looking carefully, we can notice round lava rocks that differ in colour and density if compared to the surrounding: we are talking about lava bomb. We will reach the peak of one of Etna’s highest side craters. From this point, you will be able to admire on of the most extensive areas of the Etna, part of Sicily and the Calabrian coast.
We just reached the most crucial moment of our excursion: the visit of a crater. What is a crater? It is a pyroclastic slagheap that has been thrown out from the volcanic shaft and, once placed around the eruptive vent, creates a cone. Once we get to the edge of the lateral crater, in the exact point where incandescent lava used to come out from volcano slope¹, we will explain to you the features of Etna’s eruptions.
You will have the opportunity to admire all of the different colours that lava turns into, as a beautiful reflection of a rainbow, and experience first hand all of the different kinds of consistency of pyrclastic rocks.
We will stop for a pic-nic once a comfortable area will be found.
Packed lunch is not included in the tour price. You can bring your own lunch or grab something at the local vendors at the beginning of the tour.
After the break, we will continue descending until we reach the cableway that will lead us back to the tour's starting point, at 1800 m.
On this path, we will step on rocks shaped by fire, and we will sink our boots in the volcanic sand as well.
As we make our way down, we will enjoy the lunar-like landscapes, with heart and eyes filled by the many wonders of this epic journey in which we walked on Europe highest active volcano.
After a lengthy exploration of Mt. Etna and after having satisfied our senses, we will have reached the end of our adventure together. Once down, we will cross the Etna Park again (Parco dell’Etna), and, going through antique lava flows, we will be going back home, tired but happy.
See you on the next adventure!