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Etna 3000

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!

139 per person*

*Price valid for a minimum of 4 participants **
Children 3- 12 y.o.: 10 off!

Babies 0- 2 y.o.: free!

**Do not reach the minimum number of participants or want to customize the tour?
Book a Private Tour!

Info
  • Pick up time

    About 8 a.m., to be agreed upon during the booking confirmation.

  • Pick up location

    Pick up at your hotel or agreed place (Catania, Acireale, Giarre, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Letojanni or close areas).

  • Drop off time

    About 5 p.m.

  • Included services

    Jeep 4x4;
    Authorised English tour guide (volcano guides, touristic guides, hiking guides AIGAE-GRE in possession of BLSD certification);
    Insurance;
    Pick up/drop off at your location;
    Ticket for transportation up to 2800 m (the ascent slope will be chosen according to the logistics);
    Equipment: Helmets and torches;
    Typical products tasting, such as honey, liquors, creams;
    Hiking sticks and baby car seats will be available if requested in advance.

  • Not included services

    Anything not specified in the "Included services"

  • Extra cost services by request

    You can rent other equipment (shoes, jackets, etc.) by requesting it in advance paying an extra fee.

  • We advice

    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, some lunch, a snack, and don't forget your camera!

  • 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. Hiking at this altitude is not permitted to women over 3 months pregnant.
    Thank you!

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

Itinerary

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.

1These are mainly plants that exist only on Etna and nowhere else in the world.
A typical example is the Spinosanto, Astragalus Siculus.

Ski station: the ascent starts

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.

1Volcanic bombs
What on earth are they? These rocks are lava bombs or volcanic bombs, that is,

Trekking among the lava desert - Uphill

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.

1On Etna there are around 250 craters, among lateral and eccentric.

Central Craters- The top of the world

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.

Lunch

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!

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