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The excursion to the summit craters of Etna starting from Etna Nord (Piano Provenzana) is certainly the most fascinating that can be done on ETNA. During the trek it will be possible to observe the vastness of the crater depressions, impregnated with sulphates, from where most of the explosive activity is carried out, arousing in visitors a feeling of arcane power that few other places in the world can transmit.

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 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


Duration: 5/6
€ 70 for person
  The price includes the cost of the cable car and Jeep
  Rates are ALL-Inclusive

Type of Trekking

  • Meeting point: with La Alpine or Volcanological Guide at Ticket Office
  • Meeting time: Meeting at 9:00 am, departure at 09:30 am.
  • Jeep transport: Jeep 4x4 from 1800 m up to 3000 m.
  • Treeking: About 2 km until you reach the Summit Craters - 3325 m altitude.
  • Visit summit craters: Tour and visit of the four summit craters.
  • Descent: About 5km. Visit the BOVE Valley Volcanological Observatory and lookout.
  • Arrival: Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa) (1800 m).
  • Difference in height: 300 D +
  • Downhill difference in height: 1500 D-.
  • Return now : At approximately 3:30 pm
  • Difficulty: For hikers used to walking at high altitude - E (Hikers)

What's Included:

  • Certified volcanological or Alpine guide
  • Accident insurance
  • Helmet
  • Funicular and 4x4 jeep (50 € per person)
  • Food and drink
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker
  • Backpack

Compulsory equipment:

  • Trekking shoes (possibility of rent)
  • Windbreaker or down jacket (possible to rent)
  • Water - minimum 1,5 L

Recommended equipment:

  • Snak - Packed lunch
  • trekking poles
  • K-way (waterproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen / cocoa butter
  • Spare shirt


  • The excursion may undergo changes at the discretion of the Guides or be interrupted should the environmental, atmospheric or volcanic conditions change, such as to compromise the safety of the entire group.
  • The excursion will take place within the limits set by the ordinances in force.
  • Also suitable for children over 7 years of age.
  • This itinerary, in relation to the type and altitude, is suitable for people in a good state physical health, which is not suffer from particular pathologies ( cardio-vascular, respiratory or hypertension ).

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