Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

From US$ 36.22 per person

Discover one of the most beautiful attractions on the north side of Etna. Embark on a 3-hour trekking tour up the mountain. Explore the forest, several lava streams, eruptive fractures, and the massive craters that destroyed Piano Provenzana.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 11:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Italian, French, English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the products of the most powerful eruption in recent years
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of the eruptive theater and the Calabrian Coast
  • Feel connected with nature as you learn about the volcano's history
  • Set off on an educational excursion suitable for everyone
Full description
The starting point of the trekking route is along the dirt road that runs from Provenzana to the summit craters of the volcano. The first stop will allow you to see the ruins of the Hotel delle Betulle, the only visible structure from those destroyed by the lava flow of October 2002. Take your time studying the varying volcanic forms as you follow the route. Hear about how they are related to the series of eruptions on the northern side of Etna, particularly the flank eruptions in 1911 and 1923. The later occurrence threatened the city of Linguaglossa. After visiting the particular volcanic structures, called hornitos (small oven in Spanish), go up along the Bottoniera (cinder cones) of the 2002 eruption. Reach the maximum height of 2,100 meters and stand at the edge of the craters. Descend Mount Etna through a sandy channel to arrive back at the starting point.
Includes
  • Volcano guide
  • Trekking sticks
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord: Via Provenzana, 35, Ufficio Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord, 95015 Linguaglossa CT, Italy

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Important information

What to bring

  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Skirts
  • Slippers

Know before you go

  •  Trekking does not require great preparations on a physical level. You must be, in any case, careful, since the volcanic soil can often be inconsistent and unstable
  •  This trekking tour is not recommended for those who do not participate in any regular physical activity
  • The route consists of the ascent and walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness to susceptible individuals
  •  The excursion could be subject to variations at the discretion of the guides, or it can be interrupted in case of changes in the environmental, climatic, or volcanic conditions
  •  The total time of the trekking trail will depend on the general pace
  • Without adequate shoes, you are not covered by insurance
  • In case of snow, you are recommended to rent snowshoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Service
    5.0 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
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We booked our guide the evening before around 8, everything was totally uncomplicated, a confirmation came on the same evening via WhatsApp, the meeting point would be sent directly with a Google Maps link. At the meeting point you could rent trekking shoes for 4 €, great thing because we didn't have any with us, but it gets difficult from size 45. Our guide was absolutely great, knew who we are straight away and imparted very interesting knowledge in good English and always knew an answer to questions. The ascent was physically very strenuous for mothers, but consideration was always given to the slowest member of the group and the guide also gave them great support in difficult places. A really great excursion that everyone liked and was well organized despite the very short lead time. I can really recommend the website and the excursion to everyone!

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October 24, 2019

Fantastic experience

First we received two days before our trip a message with exact details on where to go and when to arrive. We arrived 30 minutes before arriving time. Immediately we received a bonus card for special shoes (3€). Very comfortable actually. Our Guide Daniele made a wonderful 4hours walking tour. Everyone is able to finish it. We had kids aged as young as 5 years and older people aged 80+ even those who have struggles breathing made it through. Daniele made sure we wait for everyone and answered every question in nice pictures in the dust that he created. Only an eruption he didn’t show us ;) it was a great journey.

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October 13, 2019

Ottima esperienza sotto la guida di Vincenzo. Ci ha raccontato tanti aneddoti interessanti sull'eruzione del 2002, con tanto di visione dei crateri sommitali. Il percorso non è troppo lungo ma è stato interessante visitare tutto il circondario. Sicuramente viene prediletto più il discorso delle eruzioni come parte principale del percorso. Vincenzo è stato molti disponibile ad ascoltare le varie domande ed esigenze di ognuno.

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August 21, 2020

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