Trekking craters Etna Nord 3000 m.
This excursion is the best alternative for the excursion to the summit craters, which are currently closed due to the activity of the volcano*. With this trekking you can learn about Mount Etna in a unique way, accompanied by a professional volcanological guide. During this excursion you will walk on different old craters, see lava fractures and you will have the most amazing panoramic views.
*Due to the increased activity of Etna volcano, hiking to the summit at 3300 meters is currently not allowed (Already since July 2021). The maximum altitude allowed is currently 2900 meters at Etna Nord.
Trekking craters Etna Nord 3000 m. itinerary
This route is the alternative excursion for those who want to visit the summit craters on Mount Etna. The trekking craters Etna Nord 3000 excursion is the most complete and spectacular tour that you can do on Mount Etna. You walk along huge craters, visit lava caves and see fascinating fractures.
The tour starts from Piano Provenzana. With comfortable 4×4 buses you go up to 2860 meters to the volcanological observatory. From here we walk a little bit up, to the panoramic viewpoint Pizzi Deneri. From this viewpoint we have a great view on the coast from Taormina to Catania and we can also see the active North East crater from here.
After the stop at 2900 meters altitude, and the explanation of the volcano guide, we return to the 4×4 bus. The bus brings us to a high of 2500 meters more less, from where the trekking downhill starts. Along the way we pass by fascinating fractures, lava caves and see the solidified lava from several old eruptions, like the eruption of 1914, 1924, 1809, 1874, 1911, 1974, 1975 and of course the most recent eruption on the North side of Mount Etna of 2002.
After visiting the spectacular craters of the 2002 eruption, you will walk back to Piano Provenzana, the starting point of the hike.
Trekking crateri Etna Nord 3000 m. details:
- Starting time: around 8 hour in the morning
- Total time of the trekking: 4,5 hours
- Total distance in km: 6 km
- Finishing time: around 13.30 – 14.30 hour (depending on the group)
- Level of difficulty: **
If you are pregnant, have knee and/or back problems, you cannot do the Trekking craters Etna Nord 3000 m. excursion. Children can participate; a minimum age of 8 and good walking condition is recommended.
The excursion costs € 85,00 per person.
- Professional licensed volcanological guide
- One-way with the 4×4 bus from 1800 m. to 2900m
- One-way with the 4×4 bus from 2900m to 2500m
- Trekking poles
- Protective helmets
- Insurance in case of accidents
- Hiking shoes
- Wind jackets
- Food & drinks
- Parking at Piano Provenzana (€3,00 per day per car)
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