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Etna - Trekking to the summit craters (only guide service) experienced hikers

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Etna - Trekking to the summit craters (only guide service) experienced hikers

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more


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Licensed Volcano Guide
Trekking sticks
Insurance in case of accidents
Trekking shoes
Bottled water
Transport service from your accommodation
Hat and gloves (during autumn, winter and spring)
Parking ticket (3€ for the whole day) - You can also pay after the excursion
Transport service (one way only) from1800m till 2825m (45€per person to be paid on the spot)
Descent with off-road vehicles from 2800m till 1800m - At the additional cost of € 20 per person
CHIOSCO BAR MARENEVE di Ferraro Giuseppa , Etna nord-Piano Provenzana, Via Provenzana, 95015 Linguaglossa CT, Italy

The meeting point is located in the parking lot near the active chairlift at Eta Nord in winter. The bar is the second house of the 4 present in the parking lot. Please note that our meeting point is the "Chiosco Bar Mareneve" not the "Chiosco Bar Etna Nord".

7:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This type of itinerary, in relation to the type, is suited to people in good physical health, not suffering from particular diseases (breathing ones, or hypertension).
  • The excursion could be subjected to variations at the discretion of the Guides, or it could be interrupted in case of changes of the environmental, climatic or volcanic conditions, so as to undermine the safety of the entire group.
  • For the success of the excursion and for its correct carrying out, it’s good to know perfectly your health conditions and, if necessary, let the Guide know about them, in order to reduce the occurrence of any problems and to avoid any risks.
  • The excursion will be carried out according to the limits established by the ordinance in force published by the competent authorities in case of volcanic explosions, the volcano guides must respect it. In this case the guides must stop where it is still safe to arrive for the safety of the entire group.
  • The route consists of the ascent and the walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness to susceptible individuals.
  • We recommend not to use contact lens, because of the exhaled volcanic gases and of ash. This last one could easily cause problems, if pushed.
  • The trekking requires a discrete preparation on a physical level. Being a path that develops at high altitude, it will be easy to accuse symptoms of fatigue. It is required attention, since it is a volcanic active area, subjected to constant gaseous exhalations and composed by a soil constituted by inconsistent and unstable rocks.
  • Without adequate shoes you are not covered by insurance.
  • Pregnant women who have passed the third month of pregnancy are not allowed to take part to any excursion activity.
  • Because of the continuous and unpredictable evolution of the volcanic activity, the excursions could undergo variations, or, in extreme cases, be cancelled, at the discretion of the guide for safety reasons.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Etna - Trekking to the summit craters (only guide service) experienced hikers ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Etna - Trekking to the summit craters (only guide service) experienced hikers .
What is the policy on sanitization during Etna - Trekking to the summit craters (only guide service) experienced hikers ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Etna - Trekking to the summit craters (only guide service) experienced hikers ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Strongly recommend this tour for a once in a life experience on MT Etna!" See review


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Aetna Hike will blow you away!
, Jun 2021
Phenomenal guides!! Great job, informative and professional staff. Well organized and great communication!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Close ups of Mt Etna
, Sep 2020
The trip provided everything I'd hoped for. I saw the current active main crater exploding lava bombs into the sky and heard them too. We were also taken to see all the recent volcanic activity like craters and lava flows.
1 traveler found this review helpful
MT Etna hike
, Sep 2020
We were a group of 6 friends and we enjoyed very much the tour. We thought the hike was done at a very good pace to accommodate for everyone in the group, with plenty of breaks where our knowledgeable guide Nikos gave us detailed explanations regarding the history and formations of the volcano. Strongly recommend this tour for a once in a life experience on MT Etna!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Unique Etna experience
, Aug 2020
Fantastic tour, so well organised from start to finish. Really clear instructions on where to join and what was / wasn’t included. You have to pay 50 euros per person for the cable car and jeep on top of the tour fee but you pay this to the tour guide on arrival and they sort everything out. So it’s hassle free. Also the guides kit you out with really good boots, jackets and helmets before you go up. It was great to go up Etna so early in the morning - we felt like we were the first group up. The guide, Nikos, was excellent, well paced, stops just when needed and interesting explanations of the volcanic activity. It’s an amazing feeling when you first walk over the crater edge and have the first view inside. I would say this is not an easy walk. Probably 10K all in all and some tough uphill zigzags and downhill skidding. We have an 11 year old and he managed fine though (better than his parents)! We arrived back down at the foot of the cable car around 3pm. A fabulous and unique experience. Highly recommended.
Excellent excursion
, Aug 2020
The tour was very well organised and Nikos was a great guide. They made us feel safe at all times and shared lots of information about the volcano and the different craters. Would highly recommend.
A memory for life
, Aug 2020
This tour was more than expected! Nicos, our english speaking guide, was wery knowlegdable and helpful/kind. He explained a lot about voulcanic activity and guided us well to cool viewpoints throughout the trip. The vulcano was super impressive, and this was definitly worth the time and money. The best part of my trip to Sicily. Just a small note: 5 hours is not the case. From the meeting-time at 08.30 it took about 6,5 hour until we were down at the parking lot again.
Amazing tour and great guide
, Jul 2020
Highly recommended tour, where you have a chance to reach the 3300m and see more than in many of the other Etna tours. We had a good weather, so the views were fantastic and our volcanologist guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the volcano. We walked around 10,5km and almost 5h in the mountains. Would recommend wearing sports clothes and long pants as you will get some sand in your shoes on the way down, but it's lots of fun as well.
A beautiful and interesting day
, Nov 2019
Everything was well organized. Received messages a day before with all the necessary info. Guide Daniele was excellent. He really could explain everything so it was understandable and interesting.
Mt Etna tour
, Oct 2019
Interesting, informative and wonderful experience. Hard to describe the sensation of being so high and hearing the wind whistle throughout the walk - you just gotta go! Pack lunch- whatever you bring tastes even better eating outdoors and after the hardest part. Wear sturdy boots/ otherwise you'll have to rent theirs (only 5 E) pack lightweight gloves to help with hanging onto lava rock when needed for balance.
great tour with great Guide's but there is a caveat
, Oct 2019
well organized tour, Guide's were great and fulfilled our expectations. our Guide for the english party expalined a lot and gave us a good impression about the Etna history. But there is a caveat as the tour description tells an excursion to the top of Mount Etna 3300 meters...well...since last eruption in July 2019 the top of mount Etna is closed due to constant activity. We got a whatsapp at evening before the tour - and after free cancelation deadline - telling because of explosions we go as high as possible: 3000m in my opinion this is not fair to the customers offering a tour to 3300m by knowing the area is closed and just sending a note such short before the tour. we passed a "road closed" barrier with the comment being kind of illegal on track now. And that barrier lasted not since a day... @Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord: be fair and inform @any interessed: inform about accessibility to / activity of Etna
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Steffen. We are glad that you enjoyed our tour and thanks for your review . In our trip advisor profile is possible to read the “supplementary informations” (we are the only ones to write it) and we have written : “The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force published by the competent authorities in case of volcanic explosions”. All the volcano guides have to respect these rules of course. The Italian law provides that these professional figures are the only ones qualified to lead groups on the active volcanoes that’s means that our guides may pass the “road closed” it’s their responsibility, but they have to observe the volcanic activity each moment and if it persist or is lower then the previous hours or days logically they prefer to go as hight as possible (3050-3100-3200 mt it may vary according to the volcanic activity) just to satisfy our customers. Naturally if one volcanic activity is over without any risks for everyone we may reach the top every day without problems , but safety first.
Very memorable experience
, Oct 2019
Our guide, Daniel, who has so much knowledge of Etna, is the reason I would recommend tour. Weather was excellent so our views were amazing. The trek was manageable for someone with no experience in such an area although Daniel was good to reassure when I was a little nervous. Everyone in our group had questions that Daniel could answer easily. Best excursion on our trip to Sicily.
Highlight of our trip!
, Oct 2019
Amazing adventure to the top of Mount Etna. Our guide Daniele brought us to the height limit and very knowledgeable. Lots of interesting facts of the volcano and wonderful view of the city. Really recommend it if you visit Catania. We had a good size of group with different age group and we all managed it. Make sure you have got the right gear.
amazing time
, Sep 2019
this tour was amazing! the volcanologist guide was obviously passionate about this mountain, and it was the best bang for my buck. there we’re hiking shoe rentals for 5 euros and jacket rentals for 4 euros. i recommend you wear pants for the hike, or search the weather before you go.
Jo W
, Sep 2019
One of the best things we did in Sicily!! The guides were great and very knowledgeable. It was strenuous but not that bad. The views and different things we saw were worth it. I highly recommend it
top of Mount Etna with guide
, Aug 2019
Super guide - thorough knowledge of the vulcano and geology and enthusiastic and eager to share the information. Very good language skills. It was a great tour end the guides are top.
Belle expérience des...
, Jun 2022
Belle expérience des paysages inattendus .Vincenzo notre guide très interessant et passionné à respecté le rythme de chacun. Nous n’avons pas pu monter au cratère car en irruption.Mais la randonnée fut passionnante un très beau souvenir merci
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Merci beaucoup pour Votre récension et nous espérons que Vous pouvez retourner un jour pour monter jusqu' au cratères sommitaux!
Eindrucksvolle Tour, erfahrener Guide
, Aug 2021
Die Tour war sehr eindrucksvoll und abwechslungsreich auch für unser Kind (11) gut machbar. Der Guide war sehr nett und hat die Gruppe immer gut informiert. Leider mussten wir zu Beginn auf verspätete Gäste warten.
Il tempo non si comanda
, Sep 2020
L’escursione è stata molto interessante, accompagnata da piacevoli spiegazioni della nostra guida, Vincenzo, che ha saputo rendere accattivanti anche le pause per “riprendere fiato”. Attrezzatura fornita adeguata, organizzazione efficiente. Paesaggio lunare e ottima compagnia. Peccato solo aver trovato un tempo pessimo con bassissima visibilità: spero di poterci tornare!
Beeindruckendes Naturschauspiel
, Oct 2019
Leider war die Tour aufgrund der aktuellen Vulkanaktivitäten nicht auf die ganze Höhe möglich. Dennoch ist es ein beeindruckendes Erlebnis, nicht zuletzt aufgrund des Einsatzes unseres Guides Vincenzo, der uns mit ganz viel Enthusiasmus alles erklärt hat.

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