ETNA SUMMIT AT SUNSET

Departure h.14:30 • Duration: 6 h
Difficulty grade: Advanced

The Etna Summit Craters at Sunset tour from Etna Sud is a highly suggestive excursion that will allow you to admire an unforgettable sunset from the base of Etna’s summit craters, the highest active volcano in Europe.

The Etna summit craters at sunset tour will offer you a thrilling cable car ride up to an altitude of 2500 metres and a trek to the base of the summit craters, the highest altitude you can reach from Etna Sud.

The challenging trek across expanses of volcanic sand and marvellous lava flows, ancient and recent, will lead us to the base of Etna’s summit craters, from where we will enjoy a spectacular sunset with its warm colours and unique views.

Our volcanological or alpine guides are licensed and experienced and will be at your side to guide you safely during the cable car ride, the trek and the descent on foot with lit torches to the starting point.

Etna Summit Sunset Tour: details of the experience

Here is what you will experience during the stages of the Etna Summit at Sunset tour:

  • Meeting with the guide at “La Terrazza dell’Etna” bar and information briefing
  • Transport by cable car up to an altitude of 2500m
  • 2-hour trek up to the maximum altitude reached
  • Walk over the lava fields at the base of the summit craters
  • Stop to admire the sunset
  • Trekking downhill with lighted torches to the starting point

Full Description Etna Summit at Sunset

The Etna Summit Craters hike at sunset is a demanding tour suitable for all those who want to challenge themselves with intense trekking, for which one must be sufficiently trained and used to hiking. Children of at least 10 years of age can also take part in the hike, but only if they are used to hiking in nature.

For those who wish to have a special experience and want to feel the power of the volcano in the beautiful setting of the sunset, the Sunset Summit Craters hike is the ideal experience.

It is necessary to be able to move over detrital and sandy terrain, even off the classic paths, because on the way to the summits the paths are often not marked and you may face exposed sections and bad weather.

Our hike starts at 14:30 at the meeting point at the bar “La Terrazza dell’Etna” – Etna South – at an altitude of 1900 metres , where you will meet our volcanological or alpine guide. After a short information briefing about the tour and after acclimatising to the altitude, we will start the hike by taking the cable car to the first stop.

The Etna cable car will take us up to an altitude of 2500 metres. From here we will begin our trek through expanses of volcanic sand and fascinating lava flows, some ancient and some more recent.

Arriving at the base of the summit craters, we will observe the suggestive scenery, unique in the world. From here we will be able to perceive the grandeur of this wonderful active volcano and admire the spectacular view of the Gulf of Catania and part of eastern Sicily.

After taking some breathtaking photos, we will start our descent towards the 2001 crater, where, in addition to admiring the striking fumaroles, we will enjoy the sunset with its stunning colours.

After switching on our flashlights, we will resume our descent to our starting point at 1900 metres. The city lights will provide the perfect backdrop to our trek, so that we can end this exciting experience on a high note.

60€ p.p.
+ 50€ cable car – MAX 20 PAX GROUPS


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Departure h. 2.30 p.m.
Bar “Terrazza dell’Etna” (Mappa)
The excursion will last about 6 hours and will end at the meeting point.


Tour Schedule

The fee to take part in the excursion Etna Summit Craters at Sunset includes:

  • Insurance
  • Volcanological or alpine guide
  • Trekking sticks
  • What is expressly provided for in the programme

*Cable car ticket €50

Here is the recommended equipment for taking part in the Summit Craters at Sunset excursion

  • High-necked trekking shoes
  • Trekking sticks (rental available on site)
  • Rock climbing helmet (free hire available)
  • Flashlights (free hire available)
  • Spare T-shirt
  • Long trousers (recommended)
  • Pullover and windbreaker (k-way)
  • Backpack (10-20L)
  • Gloves and cap (recommended)
  • Sunglasses (recommended)
  • Sunscreen (recommended)
  • Water, at least 1.5L
  • Snacks and packed lunch

IMPORTANT: Excursions to the summit craters may be changed or interrupted by the guides at any moment if safety conditions are not optimal due to weather or any volcanic activity.

To avoid any risk, it is a good idea to be fully aware of your health conditions and to make them known to your guide. Here are some important notes on safety:

  • Pregnant women who are over three months pregnant are not allowed any type of hiking activity.
  • People suffering from heart problems, asthma and vertigo are not recommended to undertake this type of activity at the summit craters.
  • For excursions to Etna’s summit area, due to the continuous presence of windblown volcanic ash, the use of contact lenses is prohibited.
  • At the guide’s discretion, excursions may be changed or interrupted if weather conditions, environmental causes, or possible volcanic risk represent any source of danger.
  • It is also at the guide’s discretion to interrupt the excursion for any reason that may compromise the safety and therefore the physical integrity of an individual or the entire group.

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