Come and discover with us the largest volcano in Europe at 3325 meters with starting excursion from North Etna
The excursion on the summit craters of Etna span> at 3323 m. it is undoubtedly the most fascinating excursion, the most spectacular that only the Etna Volcano will leave you in your mind for a lifetime.
The excursion to the summit craters of Etna starts from the square of the of Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa) , Etna side North of Etna.
During the excursion you will be accompanied exclusively by: ALPINE GUIDES and VOLCANOLOGICAL GUIDES
The excursion meeting point is located in front of the ticket office of the Etna guides. Linguaglossa Etna Nord - Piano Provenzana
The excursion "Excursion Summit Craters Etna Nord" will start from the square of Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa - Etna Nord), taking advantage of special means " jeep 4 × 4 " we will reach 3000 meters . From here you will have a first view of the true volcanic landscape of Etna with a view of the Ionian Sea.
From this altitude the trek will begin, which along a path accessible to everyone will lead us to the summit craters of Etna . During the excursion on Etna the Alpine Guide or the Volcanological Guide that accompanies you along the path will tell you everything you want to know about the volcano and its history, while admiring the lunar panorama of Etna.
After about 2km of trekking, in which it takes about an hour and 45 minutes we will reach 3250 meters , that is, on the edge of the “ Bocca Nuova ”, one of the four summit craters of Etna . The crater "Bocca Nuova" , opened in 1968, noteworthy because, is probably the largest, most impressive crater. Inside there are 2 important craters. Named: Bocca Nuova from '64 or from Spain, and Bocca Nuova from 1968 .
Continuing the excursion in a clockwise direction you will continue through an agile path, always skirting the crater "Bocca Nuova" , it will lead us to the edge of the
Central Crater (also called La Voragine). By observing the Crater you can admire the latest eruptive mouth opened in the last year.
From this last point, going up a steep but short climb, (in consideration of the weather conditions and volcanic activity) you can make a short “look” inside the North East Crater , formed in 1911, a real top of Etna . From the top of Etna the view will be spectacular !! We could range to 360 ° with our eyes, and if the day permits we could clearly see the Aeolian islands , the coast of Taormina , the coast of Catania , the coast of Calabria , and the Stromboli. ,
Last but not least, we will observe the Southeast Crater formed starting from the year 1971 which is one of the most active craters of Etna and the majestic Valle del Bove
After visiting all four summit craters, we will begin the descent along a steep, but easy sand which in about 20 minutes will lead us from 3323 meters to 3000 meters. At this point a short picnic break will be made.
Once you reach an altitude of 3000 meters, you have the opportunity to choose whether to walk down to Piano Provenzana (1800 meters asl) taking a beautiful sandy gully, or descending by jeep always up to Piano Provenzana