The guide will propose some Etna Itineraries. This is a proposal for hikers well equipped and used to take long hikes. The routes will feature various landscapes and natural elements.
The south side of the volcano is the most lunar, due to its recent eruptions, the last one in 2001-2002. The east side is the one closely facing the sea and it is a combination of lava flows and oak and birch woods, while on the north side the many lava flows together with the Ragabo forest have created a powerful and tragic landscape. Finally the west side is where Etna lava fields and woods meet the Alcantara river and the Nebrodi’s mountains…or the Sicilian Appennines. To discover the least touristic routes on the highest volcano in Europe, if your curiosity and your legs are strong enough, this is the right excursion.
Included: Transfer service, professional naturalistic guide.
Not included: Pic nic
Informations and suggestions
In winter time, naturally depending on the amount of snow, it might be possible to use snowshoes/snow rackets during the excursion.
It is important to be equipped for all weather conditions, to wear trekking shoes, a rucksack and to bring a change of clothes.
It is recommended to wear various layers of clothes even in the summer time.
The excursion does not involve a visit to the summit craters.
Mount Etna (Mungibeddu or ‘a Muntagna in Sicilian dialect) is a volcanic complex formed during the Quaternary period, it is today the highest active volcano in Europe and one of the most studied in the world. Its frequent eruptions throughout history have deeply transformed the surrounding landscape, often threatening the various populations that in the millennia have lived at its feet. Since 21st June 2013, Mount Etna has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.