Sunset & Lava on Mount Etna
The Etna sunset tour is one of the most impressive excursions you can experience if you are in Sicily. If you want to enjoy Mount Etna and the colors the volcano takes on at sunset, you must absolutely live this experience at 2900 meters on Mount Etna. The highest point in Sicily allows you to watch the stars between sunset and the smoke that the active craters emit in their daily activity.
Sunset on North Etna itinerary
The Etna sunset tour consists of a 4×4 bus tour starting from 1800 meters at Piano Provenzana. The 4×4 buses climb up to 2900 meters to the volcanological observatory.
During this off-road drive you can see several extinct craters and the spectacular buttonhole formed during the 2002 eruption. Before arriving at the observatory we make a stop at the craters of the 2002 eruption or at the 1809 crater. This depends on the weather and volcano activity.
After this stop, the 4×4 buses continue up to an altitude of about 2900 meters to take us to the volcanological observatory. Here we walk up about 30/40 meters and overlook the viewpoint where you can see the Bove valley (Valle del Bove). From this panoramic point you will also have a beautiful view of the active summit craters, and the coast from Taormina to Catania.
Right now Mount Etna is erupting. From the panoramic point we have a spectacular view of the actual lava flow flowing into the Lion Valley. We get to 2900 meters still with light, so you can see the spectacle both in sunlight and after dusk falls, in the dark. Truly an unforgettable experience!
Etna sunset tour details
- Meeting: 5:40 p.m.
- Departure: 6 p.m.
- Return: about 9:30 p.m.
- Duration of excursion: about 3.5 hours
The Etna sunset tour begins daily at 6 p.m. Places are limited and the excursion is possible only by reservation. The tour takes place with a minimum of 8 people. You must always arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of the hike.
You can park your car at Piano Provenzana. This is a paid parking lot. A attendant drives around here. The cost is € 3.00 per day.
The Etna sunset tour costs 75.00 euros per person. You can pay at the ticket office on the day of the excursion by presenting your reservation. Without reservation there is no place for you! You can pay for the excursion by cash, ATM or credit card.
Depending on the time of year for this tour, the temperature can be very low. In May, for example, at 2900 meters, you should expect 4 degrees. Often it is the wind that makes it feel cold.
Therefore, be sure to wear layered clothing and a good windproof jacket. A hat and scarf are also helpful! If you do not have a hat, consider a hoodie, for example. It is also advisable to wear good closed shoes. For example, hiking boots or sports shoes with good grip.
It is also possible to rent a jacket in Piano Provenzana. If you are interested, please let me know in advance so that I can arrange it for you. The souvenir stores are often already closed around 5 p.m.!
Food and drinks
If you want to bring food and drinks on the tour you will need to make arrangements before you leave for Piano Provenzana. It is recommended that you carry at least 1.5 liters of water with you at all times. Also think about a sandwich for the excursion since you will be back at the car around 9.30 p.m.
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