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View of the summit craters

Etna3340 offers you a helicopter tour on Mount Etna, for unique sensations in a breathtaking geographical context.

The helicopter flight over Mount Etna honors one of Sicily's great natural treasures. Helicopter flight on Etna is available all year round.

 

Helicopter tour above Mount Etna

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

The majesty of the summit craters admired from the sky, offers a spectacle of unique and unusual beauty. At the top there are 4 large active craters, still smoking. But the surprise is that at lower altitudes there are other craters.

Etna is dotted with hundreds of eruptive vents, it is the testimony of a complex geodynamic activity. The activity of the volcano is continuous, with plumes of smoke and spectacular lava flows.

Volcanic activity often changes the appearance of the great mountain and influences life on the volcano. The tour of Etna by helicopter allows you to 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 Etna summit area, the flight plan will be modified, you will see: Taormina, I'isola Bella (Naxos) the castle of Acicastello and the Cyclops Islands (Acitrezza).

Highlights of Etna Helicopter Tour

Welcome drink and briefing with the pilot and the guide.

Flight duration: +/- 30 minutes (exclusive Eurocopter AS350 helicopter with pilot, up to 5 passengers + 1 pilot).

Complete tour of the Etna volcano by helicopter to the summit. View of the summit craters.

View of the famous “Valle del Bove” which runs along the eastern slope of Etna.

You'll pass over northern and southern ski resorts, where you'll see dozens of old and newer craters.

Passage on the western slope of the volcano, the most impressive of Etna with its large craters and the largest lava flows.

Access to the pool and solarium before and after the visit.

 

Etna Helicopter Tour description

Arrival of passengers at our private heliport, welcome drink and briefing with the pilot and the guide.

After takeoff, the flight will continue towards the north side of the volcano, flying over the towns of Piedimonte Etneo, Linguaglossa.

Always climbing in altitude, you can admire a majestic forest of conifers and the ancient lava flows that descend almost to touch Etna villages.

Heading more and more towards the summits, you will fly over the ski resort of Piano Provenzana 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 and the view from here sweeps across 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 pass through the immense Valle del Bove.

We will admire the 2002 lava flows that destroyed the town of Zafferana Etnea. A last look at the coast that connects Catania to Taormina, the vineyards and the lush crops and we will return and land at the heliport with the possibility of using the large private swimming pool with solarium (free of charge) and the bar and restaurant services.

Helicopter Etna tour in Sicily

The departure by helicopter to see the Etna volcano can be done, to have the best visibility, from sunrise to 9:30 am maximum, otherwise 2 hours before dusk, the flight lasts 30 minutes.

This formula has become a real success and is in great demand by helicopter flight enthusiasts. We do things right, otherwise we don't do them at all.

When to book, how long before? To make sure you have the place, it is best to book quickly.

 

There are 2 options to go around Etna by helicopter

1) Group helicopter tour, 300 p.p. Final confirmation (or cancellation) and departure time will be communicated 24 hours before the flight.
If the minimum number of participants (min 4) will not be reached for the desired day, you will have the possibility to book the next available date.
In case of cancellation by us, the amount paid will be fully refunded.
It is not planned to have a guide on board, nor the transfer (available on request, quote separately).

2) Private helicopter tour, 1300 in total. You will have the helicopter at your complete disposal for a full 30-minute Etna tour (max 4 or 5 people on board, depending on the helicopter).
We advise you to fly in the morning, from sunrise to 9:30 a.m. maximum, to have the best visibility, or in the afternoon about 2 hours before dusk.
If there is space available, and for a supplement of 100€ in total, an English-speaking volcanologist guide will be on board with you for explanations.
We can organize the transfer from and to your hotel in Sicily, in a luxury VTC vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class Extra Long) with a dedicated driver, to reach the heliport (available on request, separate quote).

Itinerary of the helicopter flight over the volcano in Sicily

Departure is from a certified airfield, easily and quickly accessible 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 can admire the magnificent western slope and the famous Valle del Bove, which runs along the eastern slope in the heart of Etna Park.

 

Helicopter flight on Etna is available all year round

If you also want to visit the Aeolian Islands in addition to Mount Etna, the flight will be 90 minutes and the price is 3700€ (departing from our heliport).

 

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 are driven by expert drivers with guaranteed efficiency, punctuality and courtesy.

Our helicopter for flying over Etna is AS 350 Écureuil de Aérospatiale.

Please remind to wear a jacket, it can be cold at altitude, even in summer, and do not forget to bring chewing gum to compensate the change in altitude and keep your ears open. The helicopter comfortably carries a maximum of 5 passengers.

Remember to wear a jacket, it can be cold at altitude, even in summer, and a chewing gum to compensate for the altitude change and keep your ears open.

The helicopter can comfortably carry on Etna a maximum of 4 or 5 passengers, depending on the version.

We do not organize short flights of 20 minutes, which are not enough to see the volcano properly. Each passenger is equipped with a headset to talk to the pilot.

The flight may be affected by weather conditions and volcanic activity. These natural events can alter the normal flight plan.

 

Method of booking and payment
Payment must be made in advance by credit card or bank transfer.
Please let us know your available dates for the flight and the list of participants: with first names, surnames and nationalities of each passenger.

Information
Depending on the model of helicopter, there are 4 or 5 places available on board (the fifth or sixth place is occupied by the pilot).
If there is no place on board for the guide, the guide will be present ashore on site for explanations.
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 route accordingly.
The day before the flight I contact you to check the weather and the geodynamic conditions of Etna.
There is no provision for a guide on board, nor a transfer from your hotel (available on request, quote separately).

 

Conditions of sale
Final confirmation (or cancellation) and departure time will be communicated 24 hours before the flight. In the event of cancellation by us, the amount paid will be fully refunded.
Only for group flights: if the minimum number of participants (min 4) will not be reached for the desired day, you will have the possibility to book the next available date.

If weather/geodynamic conditions are not favorable
Either you can move the flight to another available date, or I will cancel and refund you (free of charge).
If the weather/geodynamic conditions become unfavorable at the time of the flight or 2 hours before the flight
In the event that, at the time of the flight or 2 hours before the flight, it is not possible to reach or see the area of ​​the summit of the volcano, the flight plan will be modified.
In this case, you will fly over and see: Taormina, Isola Bella (Naxos), Acicastello Castle and the Cyclops Islands (Acitrezza, birthplace of Etna).

 

Any cancellation by the customer will be subject to the following cancellation charges
The penalty is 0% before 31 days.
Cancellation from 8 to 31 days before the flight: 10% penalty.
No show or cancellation 1 to 7 days before the flight: 100% penalty.
Read the sales conditions here: https://www.etna3340.com/conditions-sale

I am at your disposal for any further information, even by telephone.

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