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 3000 m!
|● Meeting Point cableway||149€ p.p.|
|● Meeting Point Giarre (motorway exit)||179€ p.p.|
|● Pick Up in Hotel||198€ p.p.|
Children under 12 pay € 10 less! Children under 3 years free!
Once on-board of our 4×4 jeeps, we will make our way towards Etna’s hill. We will leave the wonderful “Riviera dei limoni” (Lemons’ coast), to approach Etna’s villages. We will then get on the road that leads through the volcano’s slopes, crossing old mulattiere (ancient mule drivers’ roads) and coalmen paths, we are soon at about 1000m altitude where a protected area of 720km² of begins. We also come across cold and dried lava flows that, like black highways, tear the mountainside.Direction: Etna Park
Once we reach the ski station, we leave our jeep and 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.
Ski station: the ascent starts
1These are mainly plants that exist only on Etna and nowhere else in the world.
A typical example is the Spinosanto, Astragalus Siculus.We can find a variety of endemic species, actually known as aetnensins: Etna sorrel Rumex scutatus aetnensis, Etna chamomile Anthemis aetnensis and Senecio squalidus. These plants are extremely resistant and have been found up until the impressive altitude of 3050 m. Another noteworthy plant is the Etna soapwort, Saponaria sicula, used as a symbol of the Etna park.
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 bomb1.
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.
Trekking among the lava desert - Uphill
What on earth are they? These rocks are lava bombs or volcanic bombs, that is,rocks originated by burning lava drops – pyroclastic fragments – that are thrown out from the eruptive channels by the high pressure during strombolian explosive activities. They can reach the size of few meters of diameter.
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.
Central Craters- The top of the world
1On Etna there are around 250 craters, among lateral and eccentric.
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 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!Return