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Nicolosi: Summit Craters of Mount Etna Excursion

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Ascend to the summit craters of Mount Etna. Once there, you will discover a place rich in charm where you will learn about recent and historic eruptions which have helped form this landscape.
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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  • Climb Mount Etna and exploring its active craters
  • See all the active summit craters of Etna
  • Observe the ceaseless activity of the volcano
  • Listen to scientific explanations about the evolution of the volcano
  • Trek in a stunning moonscape
Full description
Your tour will begin as you gather at the meeting point in front of the restaurant I Crateri Silvestri at 8:45AM. Throughout this meeting your guides will prepare you for your experience and after a short briefing, you will take the cable car together to an elevation of 2,500 meters, where you will board your off-road Jeep to ascend to a height of 2,900 meters.

You will then begin trekking along a path which from Torre del Filosofo leads to the summit craters of Etna. You will traverse through lavic fields, which have been the product of recent activities of the New South East Crater. After traveling for about 2 kilometers and having reached a height of 3,250 meters, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace, where it will be possible to admire the central crater of the volcano and to fully understand the associated phenomenologies.

Your trekking will then continue along the rim of the main crater, before turning into a descent which is constituted by ash and volcanic materials towards the craters (which date back to October 27, 2002). This will allow you to walk back to a height of 2,500 meters, forming a total 7.5-kilometer round trip. After this, you descend from 2,500 meters to Rifugio Sapienza with the cable car.
  • Licensed volcano guide
  • Trekking sticks
  • Insurance in case of accidents
  • Helmets
What’s Not Included
  • Cable car and jeep 4x4 (50€ per person)
  • Food and drinks
  • Rainproof jacket or windbreakers
  • Backpack
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy

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Meeting point

Meet at 8:30 AM at the parking lot in front of Esagonal Bar. Here are the coordinates: latitude 37.7003505 - longitude: 14.9988163.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Long pants
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Waterproof shoes
Not allowed
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Skirts
  • Slippers
Know before you go
• This excursion could be subject to variations in case of changes of the environmental, climatic or volcanic conditions, so as to undermine the safety of the entire group
• For the success of the excursion and for its correct carrying out, it’s good to know perfectly your health conditions, and if necessary, let your guide know about them
• The route consists of the ascent and walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness to susceptible individuals
• Pregnant women who have passed the third month of pregnancy are not allowed to take part in this activity
• The trekking is for moderately trained hikers (being a path that develops at high altitude, it will be easy to accrue symptoms of fatigue)
• The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force
• It is possible to rent shoes and jackets on-site for €5 each
• Without adequate shoes, you are not covered by insurance
• This excursion may be canceled if minimum numbers of 2 are not met

From US$ 60.35 per person

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