Etna Experience Excursions: Hike on the Etna
Slope: Etna South and Etna North
Schedule: from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm
1st stop: a pleasant hike from the viewpoint on Bove Valley in front of the Summit Craters, which is the main scene of recent lava eruptions.* You will be captivated by our nature guides who tell the mysterious and fascinating stories of the Volcano.
*in the case that the trek takes place somewhere else, you will get to the viewpoint on Bove Valley by off-roading.
2nd stop: well have you visit the impressive tunnels inside of a cave that has been grooved out by flowing lava. Helmets and flashlights are provided.
3th stop: a break for a pic-nic with typical, regional flavours.
4th stop: hike around “Monti Sartorius” (outlying craters), surrounded by glades rich in native plants, flowers and trees, like White Birches.
5th stop: we stop at the Alcantara Gorges whose high walls of unrepeatable Alcantarageometric perfection were created once the lava flow that flooded the frozen river (of the same name) cooled down.
Due to the low temperature of the river, we advise you to bathe in or walk through it only in the summer season.
*In some cases (i.e. bad weather conditions) certain activities will be replaced by stopping to taste Etna’s wine, honey and olive oil in the spots where they are produced.
Our staff: Certified naturalistic and geological guides who are passionate about the Volcano.
Languages: Italian and English (Spanish and French upon request)
Participation fee: € 59 (students up to 24 years old, € 49)
* pick-up by jeep or minibus
* membership fee
* picnic with Etna rosso D.O.C. wine (on request picnic also for vegetarians)
Difficulty level: easy
* Trekking boots (Sturdy tennis shoes are o.k. in the summer)
* Clothing according to the season and to the altitude (2000 m above sea level, about 15°C cooler than Catania)
If you do not have the required equipment please let us know when you book, so that we can find them for you.
Anyone who is normally in good health and who does not have heart or breathing problems is fit for the Etna excursions.
Depending on weather conditions, the guide is permitted to make changes in the itinerary for the safety of the participants.