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Etna Top Crater

High altitude adventure, to the discovery of top craters. Get
ready for the highest experience Etna can offer you. A full
day excursion, with a fantastic trekking path that runs between
unique lunar- like landascapes like you have never seen before.

159 per person*

*Price valid for a minimum of 4 participants.**
Children 3 – 12 years: € 10 discount!
Children 0 – 2 years: free!

**Do not reach the minimum number of participants or want to customize the tour?
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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 6 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;
    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 boots, two pairs of long socks, 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 1000 mt 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.

1 These are mainly plants that exist only on Etna and nowhere else in the world.

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 rocks¹ that differ in colour and density if compared to the surrounding: we are talking about lava bomb1.

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

Trekking in the lava desert

After the last trekking part, you will feel as if you are on top the world. It is hard to describe how one feels up here: you will be mesmerized by so much beauty and so much majesty, all surrounded by the beautiful energy of the skies and the fiery power of the volcano under our feet. Unique landscape with changing bright ground colours. Landscapes and weather conditions that may rapidly change, wind, smoke, steam, gasses, all variable conditions that, weather permitting, will give you the chance to peer even into the volcanic channel. On days where the skies are clear, visibility will allow you to admire most of Sicily with its mountains and lakes. Our descent will begin after a walk on the Central Crater’s edge.

Central craters-The roof 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

During the descent we will come across highly variable landscapes: we will step on unstable, rough rocks, shaped by fire, and we will dip 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. This day will be remembered as one of the most spectacular of our lives, having walked on top of Europe’s most active volcano in.

Downhill

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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