Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience


Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

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See one of the most beautiful attractions on the north side of Etna on a guided trek. Explore the forest, lava streams, eruptive fractures, and the massive craters that destroyed Piano Provenzana.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • 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
  • Admire the volcanic landscape away from large groups of tourists
Full description

Embark on a guided trek along Mount Etna's north side. Discover the craters at the summit, wander through the forests, stare in awe at the lava streams, and admire the eruptive fractures.

Begin the trekking route along the dirt road that leads from Piano Provenzana to the summit craters of the volcano. Make a stop to see the ruins of the Hotel dell Betulle, the only visible structure that stands from the lava flow that occurred in 2002.

Along the route, take the time to visit and study several volcanic morphologies, all related to a series of eruptions that have occurred overtimef on the north side of Etna.

In particular, the flank eruptions have left the most evidence, especially the last one, which threatened the city of Linguaglossa. See the structures called Hornitos, which means, small over, and go up along the cinder cones.

Once at the summit, look over the edge of the craters and go down inside a sandy channel to get back to the starting point.

  • Official Volcano Guide
  • Insurance in case of accidents
  • Trekking sticks
  • Parking ticket (3€ for the whole day)
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Trekking shoes (to rent on the spot at authorized rentals at a cost of € 5 per pair)
  • Windbreaker
  • Gloves or hats (especially in : winter, spring and autumn)
  • Snowshoes during the winter months (December, January, February, March) to be rented on site at a cost of 12 € per person
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 vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy

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Meeting point

Please join your tour at the Chiosco Bar Mareneve, not the Chiosco Bar Etna Nord, which is located in the lower parking lot. This meeting point is located near the chairlift used by skiers in winter and is the second house of the 4 present in the parking lot. The parking ticket will cost 3 euros and will be paid for after the excursion.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • 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 on the spot, at a cost of 12 euros per person
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 95 reviews

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This trekking was a 3h slow and easy walk with pauses for explanations about the vulcanology and the Etna in particular. We loved it ! Vincenzo our guide was very professional and with a real pedagogy with us in a perfect French language. He’s a very nice young guide.

March 25, 2023

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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March 25, 2023

J’ai fait ce trek avec 4 enfants âgés entre 15 ans et 7 ans. Ils ont tous aimés ce trek y compris moi. Il était adapté à tous. L’endroit est magique et notre guide un vrai passionné des volcans. Nous remercions Francesco pour sa patience, son écoute et ses explications éclairantes. Je conseille vivement.

March 25, 2023

Product ID: 298410