8:30 - 17:00
available from May to October
Depending on snow quantity, weather conditions and any volcanic activity
For those who want to reach the top of Mount Etna and walk along the rim of the summit craters on fantastic landscapes surrounded by vapors and gases that sometimes make the area dense and hard to breath, we suggest this tour that include the ascent up to 3000 mt with special bus/jeep 4x4. From there you will go trekking on a trail that runs through moonscape areas, lava flows and volcanic bombs up to the edge of the summit craters. You will also have the assistance of a mountain volcanic guide responsible of the summit area.
For safety reason the walk around the crater will be short and it depends on weather conditions and gaseous emissions. Once back to the parking area you will continue the tour with a visit to a lava tunnel (cave).
Flashlights and helmets are provided.
Meeting point: Zafferana Etnea in Piazzale Papa Giovanni Paolo II (in front of the City Park). The transfer from the meeting point to the excursion location is free and it could include off-road transfer.
Equipment required: trekking/hiking shoes, fleece/ jumper, windbreaker/waterproof jacket, long trousers, cap/hat, gloves, water, packed lunch.
Equipment provided: helmet and flashlight.
No discount for kids
IMPORTANT NOTES: Due to the high altitude and changeable weather conditions, this tour is recommended to people in good health and well equipped. Not recommended with kids less than 12 years old or people with cardio respiratory diseases.