Etna Summit tour with 4×4 bus (round trip) – 3347m

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Tour start:
Daily at 08.00 hour or 13.30 hour
Tour duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
€ 120.00 p.p. (incl. 4x4 round trip)
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Do you want to go to the real top of the Etna volcano at 3347m altitude? This is now possible again with the "Etna summit tour with 4x4 bus (round trip) excursion"! You go with this excursion with the 4×4 off-road bus to 2900 meters altitude. From here you will walk to the summit of Mount Etna. Once at the top you can enjoy a magnificent view of the top Etna volcano crater where the smoke is still coming out. After this visit you will walk back to 2900 meters and take the 4×4 unimog bus back to Piano Provenzana at 1800m altitude.

Etna Summit tour with 4x4 bus (round trip) description

The Etna Summit tour excursion starts from Piano Provenzana - Etna Nord. Here you get on the 4×4 unimog bus that takes you from 1800 meters altitude to 2900 meters altitude to Piano delle Concazze. From here the trekking to the summit of Etna volcano begins. This is a trekking with 500 meters difference in altitude that takes about 2 hours. In total, the distance to cover to the summit is about 4.5 km.

Downhill Mount Etna volcano
Crater Mouth Etna Crater summit tour
4x4 lava Etna tour
Etna volcano Etna North bus 4x4

Once you arrive at the top of the Etna volcano crater you can enjoy a sulfite landscape of yellow & white, the smoke emanating from the summit crater and the black solidified lava. Standing on the edge of the summit crater of the active Etna volcano is an unforgettable experience. After this unique experience, you return down. You walk from the summit at 3347m back to Piano delle Concazze at 2900m. From here you will return by 4×4 off-road bus to Piano Provenzana at 1800m.

Etna Summit tour with 4x4 bus (round trip) price

  • € 120,00 per person (adults)
  • € 110,00 children (10-12 years)

Inclusive

Up with the 4x4 off-road bus from 1800m to 2900m
Down by 4x4 off-road bus from 2900m to 1800m
Trekking from 2900m to 3347m, to the summit crater
Trekking from 3347m to 2900m, Piano delle Concazze
Walking poles
Safety helmet
Insurance in case of accidents (insurance through the volcano guides)
Windjacket (on request)
Hiking boots (on request)
Professional volcano guide (Italian and English)

Exclusive
X Food & drinks
X Parking lot Piano Provenzana (€3.00 per car)
X Tip for the guide (not required)

Payment and booking confirmation:

We do not ask for advance payment, we work on a trust base! You can pay on the day of the tour, directly to the guide. You can pay by cash, pin or credit card. Upon booking you will receive a confirmation with all the details and the booking voucher by email.

Sulfur Etna volcano Top crater smoke
Hike Etna summit tour top crater
Border summit crater Mount Etna excursion trekking

Starttime

The Etna Summit tour with 4x4 bus (round trip) excursion starts daily by reservation. An excursion to the summit crater is only possible via Etna Nord due to the activity of the volcano (this is already the case since July 2021!). We have different starting times. The starttime depends on the available guide that day. This is an indication of the starting times:

  • Present: 07.45 hour, start 08.00 hour
  • Present: 08.30 hour, start 09.00 hour
  • Present 13.15 hour, start 13.30 hour*
  • Present 14.00 hour, start 14.15 hour*

! Departure only on reservation! A minimum number of participants is required to start the excursion.

The total excursion takes about 5 hours. This means you will be back around 1:00 - 1:30 pm if you do the morning excursion, or around 6:15 - 6:30 - 7.00 pm if you do the afternoon excursion.

*The afternoon excursion is only available in high season (July and August normally).

Meetingpoint Etna summit tour

With the booking, you will receive a voucher from us with all the information. You will also receive a handy flyer showing the exact location of the meeting point (with a photo for recognition), a link to Google Maps and information on how to get there and where to park.

  • Meetingpoint: Piano Provenzana - Etna Nord (1800m)

Guides

The excursion to the summit of Mount Etna is accompanied by trained professional volcano guides. These guides speak Italian, English and/or French and will tell you a lot about Etna volcano and its craters and eruptions during the hike.

Specifications Etna Summit tour with 4x4 bus (round trip)

  • Hike duration: 2 hours up + about 1 hour down
  • Length: 8.5 km (4.5 km up + 3.5 / 4 km down)
  • Duration: 5 hours in total
  • Trekking starting point altitude: 2825 meters
  • Highest point: 3347 meters
  • Height difference: 500 meters approx.
  • Difficulty: Difficult

The length may vary from one excursion to another. This depends on the weather, wind and activity of the volcano, among other things. The average is about 2 hours walking up (4.5 km) and 1 hour walking down again. On top of the rim of the crater you also walk around of course.

When possible

The volcano guides have indicated that they are again operating the excursion to the summit crater via Etna Nord. This means that this trekking to the summit of Etna volcano is now possible again. This excursion by 4x4 bus (round trip) is new and possible since the end of June 2023.

The volcano guide determines each morning whether or not it is responsible to conduct the excursion. For example, they look at the vibrations of the volcano and the weather. So this can mean that your excursion may be canceled last minute. There is nothing we can do about this, because the safety of everyone is the first priority! However, they always offer an alternative excursion so that you can still see and explore Etna (and the possible eruption!).

Etna Summit tour hike Mount Etna 3347m
Top crater Etna volcano smoke

Requirements Etna Summit tour with 4x4 bus (round trip)

It is mandatory to wear good walking shoes during the hike. These can also be borrowed through the volcano guides if necessary (included with the price!!). In addition, you should wear layers of clothing and bring a jacket (can also be borrowed). This is because the weather can change quickly in the mountains. You should also bring at least 1.5 L of water. Is it very hot? Then make sure you bring Gatorade, for example!

Please note that this hike requires training. You must have a good level of condition for the excursion Etna Summit tour with 4x4 bus. An important aspect of this excursion is the altitude you will be at. Your body is not used to this. At 3347m altitude, for example, there is about 10-20% less oxygen in the air.

  • If you have heart problems, you cannot do this walk.
  • If you suffer from asthma and/or other breathing problems, you cannot do this walk.
  • If you are pregnant, you cannot do this walk.
  • Do you have knee problems? Then you cannot do this trek either, because the trekking is over uneven terrain and a lot of force must be applied to the knees with the walk back.

You must be at least 10 years old for this excursion and thus have good condition.

Important disclaimer!

The excursion is always conducted within the regulations in vigor, under the responsibility of the volcano guide. Pianoprovenzana.com does not take any responsibility. 

In case of changes in volcano activity or weather during the excursion, refunds are never possible. Moreover, the volcano guide always decides the course of the excursion. Because safety comes first.

N.b. it is also possible to do this excursion where you walk back instead of taking the 4x4 bus back (only for experienced hikers). Read more about this excursion here: Trekking Etna summit crater 3347m. | Full day

FAQ Etna Summit tour excursion

1. What happens in case of bad weather?
Safety comes first! In case of bad weather we will cancel the excursion. We will always try to find a new date together with you, so you don't lose this experience. As soon as we know the weather conditions are not fine, you will be contacted by us and the guide by email and/ or WhatsApp.

2. Is a pick-up and drop-off possible?
Yes, we can always try to organize this for you. This service is always on request and there will be charged an additional cost. If you need a pick-up, please indicate this in your request with the pick-up location.

3. Is the ticket for the 4x4 bus included in this price?
Yes, it is. Our price is 'all-inclusive'. So there are no hidden or extra costs.

4. Is it possible to cancel my booking?
Yes, this is always possible. You can easily send us an email or a message on Whatsapp. Of course we appreciate it if you cancel as soon as possible. We do not require any deposit for your booking. This also means that you will not lose any money if you have to cancel unexpectedly. And we work on the basis of trust. We call this service.

5. What clothing is recommended for the Etna summit tour?
We always recommend layered clothes. Always bring something to protect your ears from the wind, like a warm hat in winter or a hoody sweater or hooded jacket. Hiking shoes are a must, but you can borrow them from the organization for free! Also don't forget sunscreen and sunglasses!

6. What happens in case of an eruption?
Volcano guides always check the vibrations of the volcano. If the vibrations are high and therefore there is a greater chance of eruptions, there is a chance that the excursion will be cancelled. Safety always comes first.
Note that Mount Etna is an active volcano. It regularly spews gas and 'smoke'. This does not automatically mean that the volcano is erupting. In case of an eruption, you will be always be contacted by your guide!

7. How big are the groups of the Etna summit tour?
Official volcano guides work with small groups for this excursion to the summit crater. Normally, the group consists of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10/12 people per guide.

8. Should I choose the morning or afternoon Etna summit tour?
First, of course, this is also down to yourself. You have to look at where you are staying and how much travel time you have. However, it is true that it is often clear in the morning and becomes more cloudy during the day. However, it is also true that at 3347 metres, you are often above the clouds and so it can still be clear! Incidentally, the afternoon excursion is only possible in the high season. Normally from 21 June to 21 September.

9. You have different start times, what about this?
We work with several volcano guides. So we can always guarantee availability. To ensure that not everyone is at the top at the same time, the buses with guides leave in different time slots. When making your request, you can always indicate your preference! We only work with professional, official volcano guides!


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Languages spoken by guides

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
€ 120.00 p.p. (incl. 4x4 round trip)

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anniek@pianoprovenzana.com

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