"A fascinating journey along the wilder side of Etna, across an ever-changing and unique biodiversity in the world: lava, volcanic caves and forests in continuos mutation. Come to discover the spirit of the volcano!"
WHY CHOOSE IT
This hike has been inserted by important magazines and blogs, in the list of the 10 most beautiful treks in Europe;
You will see a lot of landscapes;
Exploration of one of the most fascinating and known lava caves of Etna.
Availability : All days
Sport Level : Beginner
Fitness Level : Everybody welcome
Duration : 6 hours
Languages : Italian, English
Opening Seasons : All years
Starting Time : 9:00am
Minimum Age : 10 years
Clothing : Sportswear, Windproof Jacket and Hat
Food & Water : Bring water and Packed lunch
An intense experience in nature. The best way to forget everything and get lost in the beautiful natural scenery of Etna. Excursion that can give a lot to those abandon themselves to the harmony of creation.
The trail begin from an altitude of 1100 mt. surrounded by the typical lava fields of Etna. You walk along a beautiful path that leads to the eruptive vents of 1981: some craters formed during a massive lava flow that twenty years ago flowed on the border of the town of Randazzo threatening its destruction. For the more brave, it will possible to reach the edge of craters to take a look the shape and depth of a inactive volcanic vents.
The track go on through unique and varying landscapes: pine woods that lead to ancient lava fields, which in turn will be followed by other forests. Along the trail there are various sceneries changing including colors and smells, and step by step you will understand to leave the civilized world behind you, go into a realm in which beauty and diversity are the masters. The walk is pleasant and tiring, but the effort is also the key through which nature communicates to our senses.
After a walk climb of over 500 meters. You arrive at a place with incredible charm, here the domination of nature is absolute and the landscapes are extraordinary. We are in the realm of lava rope, characteristic geological deposits of lava, dating back over 500 years ago. In the distance the sea is visible through the clouds while the smoke plume of summit craters tells us that the mountain is alive and breathes with us. This is not a place that's easy to forget, so, take advantage from this time to contemplate the creation and filling your spirit with its energy.
A few hundred meters from the path, hidden in the depths of a lava field we will find one of Etna’s most beautiful volcanic caves. In 2013, this natural site was declared, from the UNESCO committee, World Heritage Site. Among the longest lava tubes of Etna, the cave consists of three channels, the longest measuring around 300 mt. Inside it the light filters through the holes on the ceiling are spectacular; the cave is also very interesting from a geological point of view due to the phenomena such as stalactites by refusion. The exploration of the cave requires a small descend made with ropes, helmets and torches will be provided by the guide. Before departure each hiker will be assigned their own equipment (to be returned in the same condition it was delivered).
The return is scheduled on different path, equally enjoyable. The fatigue will start to bite, and in one hour about we will reach the initial point of departure and a well earned rest.
The actual duration of the walk is approxiamately 5h with several stops.
At the end of the excursion it is possible experience a wine and food tasting of typical products of Etna in the historic center of the medieval village of Randazzo. Tasting price € 10 per person.
Adult (Price per person)
Kid (8/12 years old)
Group (from 3 up to 6, price per person)
Family Pack (2 Parents and 2 Kids 8/12 year old)
Private Tour (Adult, price per persons)
Private Tour (Kid, price per kid)
Private Tour (from 3 up to 6, price per person)
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF
The standard fare doesn't include the pick-up and drop-off service. It's possible request it during booking, the costs are calculated based on distances and are offered only in the areas close to the meeting point indicated in the excursion description.
For those have a car it's possible to reach a meeting point that will be communicated during the booking. We remind that in the description of each excursion you find the indication of the city where the meeting point is located.
The private tour is an excursion with personal guide and transport service included, it means that you will have a guide just for you that will adapt the excursion to your needs and your desires. The private tour includes pick-up and drop-off service at your accommodation/residence.
GROUP, AGENCY, INCENTIVE, TEAM BULDING
For groups more than 10 people or agencies, we can offer customized prices, as well as incentive trips or team bulding activities. Contact us using the tool you prefer and let us know what your plans are.
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