Etna – Excursion to the Craters of 2002 eruption, hornitos, and eruptive fractures of 1911 -1923

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Prices: €30 per adult / € 20 per child under 12
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Description

 

The starting point of the trekking route is along the dirt road that from Piano Provenzana leads to the summit craters of the volcano. The first stop will allow us to see the ruins of the Hotel delle Betulle, the only visible structure between the ones destroyed by the lava flow of October 2002. The trail enables visitors to visit and learn about different volcanic morphologies related to the series of eruptions that occurred on the northern slope of Etna, particularly the flank eruptions that occurred on 09/10/1911 and 06/17/1923.. This last one threatened the city of Linguaglossa. After visiting the peculiar volcanic structure, called “hornitos,” which means “small oven” in Spanish, we climb up along the ash cones from the 2002 eruption (called Bottoniera, the button row) to a maximum height of 2,100 meters on the crater rim, then descend inside a sandy channel to reach the starting point.

  • The total length of the route is 4,5 km (round trip). 

Inclusions (30€ per person):

  • Official Volcano Guide
  • Insurance in case of accidents
Exclusions:
  • Trekking sticks
  • Warm jacket (can be rent on the spot at authorized rentals at a cost of € 5 per pair)
  • Parking ticket (3€ for the whole day)
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Trekking shoes (can be rent on the spot at authorized rentals at a cost of € 5 per pair)
  • Windbreaker

Good to know

  • In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will inform you of the cancellation or postponement of your excursion as soon as possible.
  • There is no advance payment (except for agencies, groups or private services) for the reservation. After having communicated the reservation to our number: +39 345 5741330 you will pay directly the guide who will be with you on the day of the excursion.
  • In case of many requests, the participants will be divided into smaller groups with different guides, according to the languages in order to avoid the formation of large groups of people.

Program

Meeting planned at : Chiosco Bar Mareneve at 10:15 am and 16 :15pm (available from June to September).

Departure: from Piano Provenzana at an altitude of 1800m at 10:30am and 16:30pm (available from June to September).

Return : at 13.15pm for the first departure and every 7.15pm for the second departure.

Initial briefing.

Start of the trekking trail.

Visit to the eruptive fractures up to a max. height of 2.050 mt.

Trekking descent towards the starting point.

Minimum altitude: 1.800 mt; Maximum altitude reached: 2.050 mt.

Positive altitude difference: 250 mt (it may vary); Negative altitude difference: 250 mt  (it may vary).

Total time: 3h

Total lenght: 4,5 km

Difficulty: T (Touristic)

Our shadows projected into the crater

Mandatory equipment

  • Layered outfit (short sleeved t-shirt, long-sleeved thermal t-shirt, sweater or fleece) according to the season.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Windbreaker or quilted jacket (according to the season).
  • Water – min. 1L (per each).

– Possibility of renting trekking shoes + jackets on site

Recommended equipment:

  • Snack
  • Trekking sticks
  • K-way (rainproof jacket)
  • Backpack 25/30 lt
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/ lip balm
  • Hat and gloves (especially during the winter months: December, January, February, March)
  • Extra socks
  • Long pants
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Extra t-shirt

Warnings

  • This trek does not require much preparations on a physical level; it is easy and devoid of extremely difficult passages. However, caution should be taken, as this is volcanic terrain that is often flimsy and unstable.
  • This trek is not recommended for those who practice little motor activity.
  • The hike may be subjected to change at the discretion of the Guides, or may be interrupted in case of changes in environmental, climatic or volcanic conditions,which might threaten the safety of the entire group.
  • The total time of the trekking trail will depends on the overall pace.
  •  The hike will be conducted according to the limits set by the current ordinance.
  • The trail is suited for children over the age of 6.
  • The route involves climbing and walking along the edges of the crater, which may cause dizziness to predisposed individuals.
  •  This type of itinerary, is suitable for people in good physical health, not suffering from particular disease (cardio-vascular ones, breathing ones, or hypertension).
  • It is recommend not to use contact lens, due to of the exhaled volcanic gases and of ash.
    The latter could easily cause problems if pushed.
  •  Pregnant women who have passed the third month of pregnancy cannot participate in
    any hiking activities.
  • For the success of the hike and its proper conduct, it is good to be fully aware of one’s health condition and, if necessary, report it to the guide.

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Via Provenzana, 35, Ufficio Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord, 95015 Linguaglossa CT Tel: +39 3455741330

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Our group is composed of Guides belonging to the Regional College of Alpine and Volcanological Guides of Sicily, the Italian law provides that these professional figures are the only ones qualified to lead groups in active volcanoes’ areas and throughout the island territory (Framework Law of 2 January 1989, n° 6 and Regional Law of 6 April 1996).

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