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Etna tour by helicopter

Etna3340 offers a helicopter tour of Mount Etna, a unique experience in a breathtaking context. A flight over Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe

Helicopter tour above Mount Etna

 

The Etna helicopter tour is a great experience that celebrate one of the major natural treasures of Sicily. If you are looking for a unique experience during your trip to Sicily, flying over the active craters at the summit of Mount Etna will surely meet your desires: its lunar landscapes and fiery craters admired from the sky will offer a unique sightseeing experience.

The activity of volcano Etna is almost never-ending, with high plumes of smoke and dramatic lava flows which slowly beautify the great mountain: such activity creates amazing contrasts between the black rock, the light blue of the Sicilian sky and the deep blue of the Ionian Sea.  Come with us for a great flight tour over Mount Etna!

 

Helicopter Etna tour

This flight over Mount Etna starts from a certified aerodrome nearby Taormina, and it lasts around 30 min.  The structure of the volcano consists of an irregular base that cover an area of about 1600 km2 formed by lava flows and scoria deposits of the most ancient eruptions, and a steep summit cone, called "Mongibello" - name that comes from "Gebel", an Arabic term meaning “Mountain”, frequently used in Sicilian toponymy.

An helicopter tour in Sicily that includes many sightseeing above Etna, as the wide caldera "Valle del Bove”.

The entire volcanic edifice is engraved on the eastern side by a wide valley open towards the sea, 8 km long and 5 wide, inside which many lava flows emitted from the summit craters ends. Furthermore, you will see all side craters and lava flows that make the unique landscape of Mount Etna great. The slopes of Etna are dotted with a myriad of cinder cones, testifying the frequent eruptions that have shaped the sides of the mountain.

The flight above Mount Etna includes a passage over the top, in the summit area of the volcano, where you could count four active craters called "Bocca Nuova", "Voragine", "Cratere di Nord-Est" and "Cratere di Sud-Est". At least one of these craters have an almost permanent activity, with emissions of lava or gas plumes and ash. The accumulation of scoria in the active phases of an eruption and the frequent landslides, to which the craters are subject constantly, change the shape and height of the summit of Mount Etna.

 

Mount Etna group tour

Group flights are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The departure to visit the volcano Etna is scheduled at around 09:00, the flight last 30-35 minutes. The cost of this group flight tour is 300 € per person.

Reservations are required with 48 hours advance notice. If the minimum number of participants (min 4 - max 5) will not be reached for the desired day, we will propose you the next available date, otherwise the amount paid will be fully refunded.

 

Mount Etna private tour you will have the helicopter at your disposal.

Your pilot will follow a tailored tourist itinerary in order to visit the most interesting places of volcano Etna. The helicopter comfortably carries a maximum of 5 passengers. Each passenger will be equipped with helmet and headphones to speak to the pilot during the trip.

When planning your holiday in Sicily, do not forget that volcanoes are places of particular interest, either when they are inactive, with their rough and lunar landscape, or in activity, with fiery scenarios that arouse fear and curiosity too. Etna stands out more than others, for its size and for its almost incessant activity, visible from land and sea, and for its long history that crosses with the ancient Mediterranean civilisations.

We advise you to visit the morning from 07:00 to 09:00 or in the afternoon two hours before sunset. The flight may be affected by weather conditions and volcanic activity. These natural events can alter the normal flight plan. The pilot will choose the best itinerary accordingly.

 

Private Transfer Service Sicily

Transfers to/from the aerodrome are not included, you can ask for a quotation. We offer several transfer services, our vehicles are equipped with every comfort and driven by expert drivers with guaranteed efficiency, punctuality and courtesy. For short or long journeys, you will always be our favourite guest. We will endeavour to meet all your demands throughout Sicily.

If you also want to visit the Aeolian Islands in addition to Etna, the flight will last 95 minutes, and the fare is 3.700€. 

 

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