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Nicolosi: Summit Craters of Mount Etna Excursion

4.8 / 5

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Nicolosi: Summit Craters of Mount Etna Excursion

From US$ 55.74 per person

Ascend to the summit craters of Mount Etna. Once there, you will discover a place rich in charm where you will learn about recent and historic eruptions which have helped form this landscape.

About this activity

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Climb Mount Etna and exploring its active craters
  • See all the active summit craters of Etna
  • Observe the ceaseless activity of the volcano
  • Listen to scientific explanations about the evolution of the volcano
  • Trek in a stunning moonscape
Full description

Meet your tour in front of the restaurant I Crateri Silvestri at 8:45 AM. Your guides will prepare you for your experience and after a short briefing, take the cable car together to an elevation of 2,500 meters. Here, board your off-road Jeep to ascend to a height of 2,900 meters.

Then begin trekking along a path which from Torre del Filosofo leads to the summit craters of Etna. Traverse through lavic fields, the product of recent activities of the New Southeast Crater. After traveling for about 2 kilometers (3,250 meters), reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace.

Continue along the rim of the main crater, constituted by ash and volcanic materials towards the craters (date to October 27, 2002). Walk back to a height of 2,500 meters, forming a total 7.5-kilometer round trip. Then descend from 2,500 meters to Rifugio Sapienza with the cable car.

  • Licensed volcano guide
  • Trekking sticks
  • Insurance in case of accidents
  • Helmets
  • Cable car and jeep 4x4 (50€ per person)
  • Food and drinks
  • Rainproof jacket or windbreakers
  • Backpack
  • Parking
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with epilepsy
  • People with heart problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with vertigo
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at 8:30 AM at the parking lot in front of Esagonal Bar. Here are the coordinates: latitude 37.7003505 - longitude: 14.9988163.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Food and drinks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Windbreaker
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Long pants
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Hat
  • Daypack
  • Gloves

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Short skirts
  • Skirts
  • Slippers
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • This excursion could be subject to variations in case of changes of the environmental, climatic or volcanic conditions, so as to undermine the safety of the entire group
  • For the success of the excursion and for its correct carrying out, it’s good to know perfectly your health conditions, and if necessary, let your guide know about them
  • The route consists of the ascent and walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness to susceptible individuals
  • Pregnant women who have passed the third month of pregnancy are not allowed to take part in this activity
  • The trekking is for moderately trained hikers (being a path that develops at high altitude, it will be easy to accrue symptoms of fatigue)
  • The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force
  • It is possible to rent shoes and jackets on-site for €5 each
  • Without adequate shoes, you are not covered by insurance
  • This excursion may be canceled if minimum numbers of 2 are not met
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 62 reviews

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Well organized tour, some waiting in line for the 4x4 buses both up and down, but not extremely long. Very knowledgeable guide, told us a lot about volcanism in general and Etna in particular. He also adjusted his pace to make sure I can keep up, as I was by far the oldest member of the group. We were also lucky to have clear and sunny weather, though it was biting cold and extremely windy at the top. Overall, a very nice (and tiring) experience.

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October 19, 2020

We saw so much more and got so much closer than we even imagined!! Our guide Daniele was amazing - so kind and so knowledgable. A must for anyone who is in the area! Be wary - our original trip was cancelled due to bad weather (mid October) so make sure you have an alternative day you can postpone too so you aren’t disappointed. Also - bring gloves and wear more layers than you think!!

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October 16, 2020

The reception in the parking lot was already pleasant. The further explanation and that you can borrow sticks and warm coats is also very nice. We were very lucky with the weather as it was sunny all the time. Along the way a lot of explanation about the environment and the ins and outs about volcanoes. Nicos was a good guide also in terms of attention per person. We really had a great day!

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October 1, 2020

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