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Look closely inside the summit craters

We take off from 700 meters above sea level, from the highest heliport of Etna in Castiglione di Sicilia, to show you the interior of the summit craters of Etna, its side craters, the latest lava flows and the Valle del Bove.

Our powerful Eurocopter EC130 helicopter climbs faster than the others (AS350) which sell you 30 minutes of flight time, but are slower, depart farther and lower.

The EC130 helicopter can carry up to 6 passengers with 2 seats in the front. Each participant has a headset to listen to the pilot or guide.

Highlights of the helicopter flight on Etna

  • Complete tour of the Etna volcano by helicopter to the summit.
  • View of the summit and side craters, recent lava flows and Valle del Bove.

 

Key figures (duration, km, etc.)

  • Flight duration: 20 minutes. Maximum altitude: 3500 m.
  • Eurocopter EC130 6-seater helicopter, 2 seats in the front.

 

There are 4 options to visit Etna by helicopter.

1) 250€ per person. Group tour by helicopter on Etna. Final confirmation (or cancellation) and departure time will be communicated 24 hours before the flight. If the minimum number of participants (min 4) for the desired day is not reached, you will have the possibility to book the first available date. In case of cancellation on our part, the amount paid will be fully refunded. There is no guide on board, nor the transfer (available on request, separate quote).

2) 1200€ in total. Private helicopter tour on Etna. You will have the helicopter at your complete disposal for a complete 20-minute tour of Etna.

3) 1700€ in total. Private helicopter tour Etna + Taormina. You will have the helicopter at your complete disposal for a complete 35-minute tour of Etna.

4) 3700€ in total. Etna + Stromboli Private Helicopter Tour. You will have the helicopter at your complete disposal for a complete 90-minute tour of Etna. Formule recommandée We advise you to request a volcanological guide on board, to better understand the environment you see from the helicopter, for a total supplement of 100€. Upon request, we can book the hotel directly near our heliport and organize your transfers to and from the heliport><hotel in a luxury VTC vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class) with a dedicated driver. We recommend flying in the morning, for best visibility, or in the afternoon about 2 hours before sunset.

 

Recommended formula

  • We advise you to request a volcanological guide on board, to better understand the environment you see from the helicopter, for a total supplement of 100€.
  • Upon request, we can book the hotel directly near our heliport and organize your transfers to and from the heliport><hotel in a luxury VTC vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class) with a dedicated driver.
  • We recommend flying early in the morning, for better visibility, or in the afternoon about 2 hours before sunset.

Discover the splendor of the Etna volcano by helicopter

The Etna Helicopter Tour is a great classic to see the craters on top of Etna. You can appreciate the contrast between the black rock, the clear blue of the Sicilian sky and the intense blue of the Ionian sea.

The size of the summit craters admired from the sky, offers a spectacle of unique and unusual beauty. At the top are 4 large active craters, still smoking to our delight.

But not only that, you will be surprised to discover other equally interesting craters at a lower altitude. In fact, Etna is dotted with hundreds of eruptive vents, evidence of a complex geodynamic activity.

The activity of the volcano is continuous, with plumes of smoke and spectacular lava flows that take your breath away. Volcanic activity often changes the appearance of the great mountain and affects life on the volcano.

The tour of Etna by helicopter allows you to better understand the impact of the volcano on the Sicilian territory.

If the weather conditions are unfavorable and it is not possible to reach or see the summit area of ​​Etna, the flight plan will be modified, you will see: Taormina, the Isola Bella (Naxos) the castle of AciCastello and the Islands of the Cyclops (AciTrezza).

 

Description of the helicopter tour on the volcano in Sicily

Arrival of passengers at our private heliport and briefing with the pilot. After take-off, the flight will continue to the north side of the volcano.

Always climbing in altitude, you can admire the lava flow that destroyed the northern ski area (Piano Provenzana) in March 2003, the ancient craters, a coniferous forest and the ancient lava flows that descend almost to touch the Etna villages.

Heading more and more towards the peaks you will fly over the Piano Provenzana ski area with a unique view of the flows that formed the series of craters called "la bottoniera".

Here the vegetation stops and the "sciara" takes over and will accompany you to the majestic view of the summit craters.

We are about 3500 meters above sea level to have a good view of the summit craters of Etna, the view from here sweeps over Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Calabria.

We will begin the descent along the wildest side of the volcano to reach the ski resort and the Sapienza refuge. From here you will enjoy a unique view of the city of Catania and the gulf.

Continuing east we will fly over the ancient craters of Silvestri and cross the immense Valle del Bove. We will admire the 2002 lava flows that destroyed the town of Zafferana Etnea.

One last look at the coast that connects Catania to Taormina, the vineyards and the luxuriant crops and we will return and land at the heliport.

The departure by helicopter to see the Etna volcano can be made, to have the best visibility, from sunrise to sunset, the flight lasts 20 minutes.

This formula has become a real hit and is in great demand among helicopter flight enthusiasts. When to book, how long before? To make sure you get a seat, it's best to book quickly.

 

Helicopter flight itinerary

The departure is from a certified airport, easily and quickly reachable from Catania or Taormina. The flight includes a complete tour of the Etna volcano by helicopter, with the close passage of the summit craters.

The pilot will choose the most suitable route for a safe flight and to allow you to see the most beautiful places of the Etna volcano. During the Etna helicopter tour, you will be able to admire the magnificent western side and the famous Valle del Bove, which runs along the eastern side in the heart of the Etna Park.

The helicopter flight over Etna is available all year round. If you want to visit the Aeolian Islands as well as Etna, the flight will last 90 minutes and the price is 3700€ (departing from our heliport in Castiglione di Sicilia).

 

Our helicopter for the flight over Etna is a Eurocopter EC130

Remember to wear a jacket, it can get cold at high altitudes (only in winter), and a chewing gum to compensate for the difference in altitude and keep your ears open.

The helicopter can comfortably carry a maximum of 6 passengers up to Etna. Each passenger is equipped with a headset to talk to the rider. The flight could be affected by weather conditions and volcanic activity.

These natural events can alter the normal flight plan. I am at your disposal for any further information, even by telephone.

 

Private Transfer Service in Sicily

For transfers to / from airports and heliports in Italy you can request a quote. Guaranteed efficiency, punctuality and courtesy. We offer various transfer services by helicopter or with our luxury NCC vehicles equipped with every comfort and guided by experienced pilots and drivers. For short or long trips, you will always be our favorite guest. We will do our best to satisfy all your requests throughout Italy.

 

 

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