Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek

From $66.39 per person

Trek to the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with an expert guide and admire the dramatic beauty of Mount Etna and the surroundings from the summit craters.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Trek to the top of Mount Etna
  • Learn about Europe's most active volcano from an experienced guide
  • Hike through lava fields and get stunning views from 3,300 meters above sea level
  • Ride a cable car up the side of an active volcano
Full description
Get a short briefing from your expert guide at the Crateri Silvestri restaurant on the slopes of Mount Etna and then ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Transfer to a 4WD bus and continue up the mountain to reach a height of 2,900 meters above sea level near the Torre del Filosofo. Then, start your 2-hour trek to the crater summit and take breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery and views. Walk through the lunar landscape of the lava fields as you make your way along the nature trails of the highest active volcano in Europe. Take in the panoramic views from the summit and then trek back down to the upper cable car station. Return to the meeting point by cable car and get your last views of the brooding mountain. 
Includes
  • Trek to the summit craters of Mount Etna
  • Volcano guide
  • Helmet
  • Cable car ride and 4WD bus ticket (€50)
  • Hiking boots
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Children under 10 years
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Meet at the information desk at the Crateri Silvestri restaurant, Piazzale Crateri Silvestri, 95030 Nicolosi.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • This activity is suitable for those with medium physical training and who are accustomed to walking on sand and rock when there are no trails. Some parts of the path may be exposed
  • You must be at least 10 years old to take part
  • This activity is not permitted for pregnant women
  • Please inform the guide of any health conditions or concerns
  • This activity is not suitable for people with heart disease or who suffer from asthma or vertigo
  • The use of contact lenses is forbidden due to the presence of volcanic ash spread by the wind
  • Wear trekking boots with high socks and bring a trekking pole (recommended)
  • Bring an extra T-shirt, long trousers (recommended), a pullover and anorak, gloves and a hat (recommended)
  • Bring a 10 to 20-liter backpack, at least 1.5 liters of water, a snack and packed lunch
  • Bring sunglasses (recommended) and sun cream (recommended)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 656 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.0/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
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Even if you cannot (October 2019) hike to the crater rim because Mount Etna is too active, the tour gives a very good insight into the world of volcanism. Without a guide, you won't get far from the height to which the all-wheel drive vehicles drive. Therefore, booking a tour is definitely worth it. Our guide (geologist from Catania) gave very interesting geological information and also told a lot while hiking, so that he was able to convey the enthusiasm for volcanoes and seismography very well. Our 14-year-old son was also able to follow the English tour very well and was very impressed by the forces of nature. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a rush at the cable car.

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November 26, 2019

everything as agreed (9am on site, departure to cable car at 9.30am), with cable car from 2000 to 2500m, with jeep from 2500 to 2900m, then go on foot to look at various craters with a vulcanologist (super guide with lots of explanation). The top crater has not been going to the top crater since Sept 2019 due to too much activity (smokes constantly), but this will only be communicated by text message 20 hours before. However, if you go out of season (we on 1 Nov) you pay 30 euros too much via get your guide because on the spot you only pay 65 euros for the whole (cable, jeep and guide) and you don't have to wait anywhere ...

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November 1, 2019

Unforgettable site and very easy to access (cable car up to 2500 m and then by 4x4 truck up to 2900 m all for 50 euros) the continuation to the top is with compulsory guide and according to your physical condition ... anyway a must do if you are passing through Sicily!

October 26, 2019

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