Mount Etna up to 3000 meters | Etna Nord
Explore Mount Etna and get to the highest point possible by 4×4 bus! With this excursion you get a full experience of Mount Etna driving up to almost 3000 meters. You will arrive to a panoramic viewpoint near the observatory Pizzi Deneri from where you have an amazing view on the top crater, the coast from Taormina to Catania and the Valle del Bove. Also you will visit the craters of 2002 during this tour. This al accompanied by an official volcano guide.
Itinerary Mount Etna up to 3000 meters tour
The excursion up to more less 3000 meters on Mount Etna starts from Piano Provenzana, Etna Nord. With comfortable 4×4 buses you will drive via the unpaved road up the volcano to the astrophysical observatory Pizzi Deneri located at 2805 meters.
Along the way you can enjoy beautiful views of old craters, the contrast between nature and lava and beautiful views to the sea.
Once you arrive at 2805 meters you will do a small trek up to an altitude of 2865 meters (altitude depending on the activity of the volcano). From this viewpoint you can see the famous Valle del Bove, underneath the North-East crater. The volcano guide will tell you a lot about the volcano here. From here you have also a breathtaking view on the Sicilian coast.
Then you return to the 4×4 bus and descend to 2200 meters altitude. Here you will make a second stop after which a short trek of about 20 minutes follows over the edge of the crater of the 2002 eruption. Through a moderately steep path over lava sand you will descend to the 4×4 bus that will drive you back to Piano Provenzana.
Starttime and availability
The Mount Etna up to 3000 meters excursions start every day from april till half november. Depending on the number of bookings, there are 3 different departure times during the day:
- 10:30 a.m.
- 1:30 p.m.
- 3:30 p.m.
The excursion starts only when the minimum number of participants is reached. We ALWAYS suggest you to book in advanced, for 3 reasons:
- You have a guaranteed starting time
- You have guaranteed places
- You have € 2,00 p.p. discount on the ticket price*
* If you book with Piano Provenzana you get a voucher. Showing this voucher at the ticket office, you get € 2,00 p.p. discount on the ticket price. The ticket price normally is € 68,00 p.p. and € 50,00 for children. You pay € 66,00 p.p. and € 48,00 for children!
You always need to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the tour. This way you have enough time to pay for your ticket, to go to the bathroom, to make some pictures at Piano Provenzana and most important of all: get used to the altitude.
The tour takes more less 2,5 hours in total, depending on the group, de number of questions for the guide and the weather.
Mount Etna up to 3000 meters price
Price Mount Etna up to 3000 meters
When you book online with Piano Provenzana, you get € 2,00 p.p. discount on the normal ticket price!
€ 68,00€ 66,00 per person
- Children 4 – 12 years:
€ 50,00€ 48,00 per person
- Children 0 – 3 years: free, when they sit on the laps of their parents/caregivers
You can pay at the ticket office on the day of the excursion by presenting your reservation. Without reservation there might be no place for you and you don’t have any discount. You can pay for the excursion by cash, ATM or credit card.
✓ Bus 4×4 up to 2900 meters
✓ Bus 4×4 back to Piano Provenzana
✓ Small hike to the panoramic viewpoint at the observatory Pizzi Deneri
✓ Small hike to the craters of 2002
✓ Official volcano guide
X Drinks and food
X Tips for the guide and driver (not obligatory)
X Rental jacket and/or shoes (not obligatory)
Guides & languages
The Mount Etna up to 3000 meters tour is guided by trained volcano guides. These guides speak Italian, English & French and will tell you a lot about the volcano and craters during the hike. Please indicate your language preference when requesting the tour, so we can try to take this into account when planning the tour.
Requirements Mount Etna up to 3000 meters
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.
Keep in mind that even in high season the temperature at the summit drops. We therefore always recommend to bring a jacket!
Rental clothes and shoes
It is also possible to rent a jacket at Piano Provenzana. You can go to one of the souvenir shops for this rental service.
- Rental jacket: € 5,00
- Rental shoes: € 5,00
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. Otherwise you can buy something at one of the 2 bars at Piano Provenzana. It is recommended that you carry at least 1.5 liters of water with you at all times.
Restrictions Etna sunset tour
This tour is not recommended for:
- Pregnant woman
- Children of 0 – 1 year
- People with back problems
- people with cardiac problems
- people with severe knee/walking problems
The reason for these restrictions are the height at which you come. This is not good for small children’s ears, for example. Another reason is the ride in the bus which is off-road over solidified lava. This is hugely bumpy and this is definitely not good for the fetus. If you are pregnant and do want to go, you need a doctor’s note and you have to take full responsibility.
A few tips:
- Book always in advance
- Book this Mount Etna tour on the first day you can visit Mount Etna, this way you can always reschedule your Mount Etna visit to another day, in case of bad weather!
- You can park your car at Piano Provenzana (paid parking, € 3,00 per car)
Alternative Etna sunset tour
If this excursion cannot take place due to weather or insufficient participation. Or the time schedule does not suit you, you can choose this same excursion during the evening. The tour will be a little longer and you will see also the magical sunset. Read here more about this alternative tour: Mount Etna sunset & lava tour.
Languages spoken by guides