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Excursion North Volcano Etna off road and walk's 8 craters

Explore volcano Etna on a exciting off-road tour and trek

Excursion North Volcano Etna off road and walk 8 linked craters

 

Half-day visit of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, off-road drive, spectacular views, easy trek, volcanic cave, you will do them all on this Tour Etna at the north flank.

 

Highlights :

A tailored trail through lunar landscapes and lush forests, leading to 8 linked craters named “Sartorius Craters”.

Visit of a lava tube with helmets and flashlights you will explore a grotto named “The Thieves Cave” a small tunnel created by a prehistoric lava flow full of myths and legends.

 

Trip to Etna that start early in the morning in a small group composed of a maximum of 12 participants. Etna guided tours with our English speaking guide, a full immersion on this magnificent visit of Mount Etna.

 

 

An off-road tour of Mount Etna for a moment of unforgettable adventure

Our english speaking guide will drive through the volcanic villages describing the tradition of the Sicilian culture, the effect of an active volcano in daily life reaching the north flanks of Mount Etna on our 4x4 vehicle through mixed off-road and road routes down deep into volcano Etna's natural.

 

Hiking on Mount Etna north flank

On this Etna excursion is planned an easy walk on the large eruptive system of multiples craters named Sartorius Craters, eruption dated 1865. This excursion to Mount Etna allow you to understand the different types of eruptions that can take place on volcanoes and witness the so called "bottoniera" pattern of 8 linked craters. You can enjoy the magnificent view of the Ionian Sea and Taormina from Mount Etna. An easy trek of about 4 km - 2 mi up and down a very interesting fissural eruption followed by a qualified english-speaking guide. It's a ring hike, which runs through old lava flows, craters and a Birch trees forest.

Once back on the jeep, we will reach the Etna Nord ski resort to see the damage caused from the eruption dated 2002-2003. A lunch break is planned in a beautiful chalet at 1900 meters above sea level, place where you can consume your sandwich. On site is possible to buy sandwiches, drinks, desserts, coffee.

 

Caving exploration of a lava tube

Trip to Mount Etna, that continues with the caving exploration of a lava tube, created by a prehistoric lava flow, it is now enriched by the Etna birch forest all around.

A tunnel known as "The Thieves Cave”, it is said that brigands, if pursued, were used to hide the stolen goods in this place and then recover them once freed from their pursuers. Legends are often based on truth and, probably, the cave was really used for some time by bandits.

Others says the tunnel was used to store snow during winter and then to be used, in the hot season, in the ice trade used mainly for refrigeration, but also for ice cream and sorbets.

What ever the truth behind its common use during the passed centuries, its a wonderful place to explore with our experienced qualified Mountain Leader who will provide all caving equipment needed such as helmets and torches to ensure a safe visit.

 

Tasting of honeys, wines and liqueurs in Zafferana Etnea

If time allows, the excursion will end with a free tasting of Etna's best products as honeys, wines, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea, village of honey makers along the Etna Wine Route.

 

We organise daily excursions, for your comfort it is also possible to drive to our meeting point with your own vehicle and get on our 4×4 offroad vehicle. We do only make small groups of 12 partecipants at the time, all followed by expert multilanguage mountain leaders. Our excursion starts early in the morning to allow you to fully appreciate the beauty and majesty of the volcano, thanks to carefully chosen itineraries far from the usual crowds.

Mount Etna tours from Catania or Taormina area, that begins with convenient pickups at most hotels and resorts or to specifics easy meeting point where you will get on our 4x4 off-roads vehicles.

Volcanoes are places of particular interest, either when they are inactive, with their rough and lunar landscape, and when they are in activity, with fiery scenarios that arouse, together, fear and curiosity. Etna stand-up more than others, for its size and for its almost incessant activity, visible from land and sea, and for its long history that crossed with the ancient Mediterranean civilisations.

 

In winter all excursions may vary on timetable and schedule following the weather and snow covers conditions.

Excursion North Volcano Etna Statistics

 

Etna North Trail

  • Distance : approximately 4 kilometers - 2,5 miles
  • Ascent : 100 m
  • Time : about 2 hours
  • Difficulty : easy

 

Lava Tube

  • Length : 30 m
  • Visit time : about 20 minute
  • Difficulty : easy

 

Essential Gear and Clothing

  • Hiking boots
  • Rucksack
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) - all cars will be equipped of light raincoats jackets
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Trekking poles - all cars will be equipped
  • General trekking trousers
  • Caving helmet - all cars will be equipped
  • Gloves or mitts
  • Spare layer e.g. fleece top
  • Food & Drink

 

Meeting point

  • At your hotel between Catane and Taormina - Please give us the full address and name of the Hotel/accommodation
  • 08h00 am at Giarre ESSO gas station - motorway exit named "Giarre". Take the motorway Catania - Messina, exit named GIARRE. Pass the toll, at the roundabout take the first exit on the right. After 300 m on the right side you find the ESSO gas station
  • Others pick-up places: quote on demand

 

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