It had also opened our eyes to see how wonderful and powerful our planet is. (Tony S. from Hong Kong)
Etna's lava flow in January 2023 (image: Salvo Orlando / www.sicilylandscape.com)
Etna's SE crater 10 January 2023 (image: Thomas Hoyer)
Etna Volcano Special
volcano expedition to see Mt. Etna volcano' eruption
Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - photography
5 days (4 nights)
At the moment (as of January 2023), there is a beautiful active lava flow
on Etna, which can be accessed. This is a unique chance
to see one of nature's greatest phenomena from close! Sign up for one of our upcoming small group tours!
Accompanied by a volcanologist from our team, we will spend 4 nights in a hotel on the slopes of the volcano and choose the best observation spots depending on weather & activity.
This tour is particularly suited if you intend to photograph, videotape or otherwise document on Etna's volcanic activity.
Link: Etna activity updates
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- several full days on Etna
- accompanying volcanologist / geologist from our team
- volcano photography
sample itinerary (3 days on Etna)
Due to the nature of this tour, there is no fixed itinerary. A focus will be set to observe Etna's volcanic activity.
Day 1: Pick-up from Catania and transfer to Etna
According to your schedule, you are picked up at Catania airport (or nearby locations) and transferred to the hotel Corsaro*** located at 1900 m a.s.l. on the slope of Mt. Etna. If it's not too late (otherwise, the next morning), you will meet with your guide for a briefing and discussion of the program ahead.
Day 2-4: 3 full days on Etna to explore its activity
Accompanied by your guide, you have 3 full days to discover Etna. Within the limits of weather conditions, access restrictions, and volcanic activity, you have plenty of opportunity to explore its volcanic activity and the varied scenery of an active volcano.
Day 5: Departure or own extension
We bring you back to the airport or nearby destinations in time for your flight or extension program.
Travel costs to Catania are not included in order to give everybody the best chance to plan his/her trip according his preferences. Sicily and the Aeolian islands invite to a longer stay, and we will be pleased to give tips and suggestions. But also the major cities of Rome and Naples on Italy's mainland are within easy reach (by plane, boat and/or rail) from both Catania and the island of Stromboli and are well worth a visit. On request, we will be happy to assist you with travel and other issues (prolonged stays etc.).
As activity on Etna often starts and stops at short notice and highly variable, along with weather, access and other conditions changing frequently, there is no guarantee that there is activity visible at the time of the tour or that it is possible to approach it, although we will try our best.
A volcanologist from our team will accompany the group during this tour.
Since this tour is primarily aimed towards interested individuals or small groups, the program and the physical demands can be adjusted to some extent. Generally, you don't need to be an athlete if you want to see an eruption on Etna, but you should have be in good general health, which largely increases your chances that you are physically able to approach an eruption.
Since the accessibility of an eruption site as well as weather conditions and therefore the physical effort needed to get close varies greatly, we cannot give precise figures here, but you should contact us to get an estimate based on the current situation.
If you are reasonably fit and able to hike for up to 3-5 hours, climb around 1000m with some equipment (water, sandwiches, some extra clothing, your camera gear etc.) with no problems, you should generally be well-prepared. If not, it is often possible to approach the eruption site using a jeep (at a minor extra cost). If you are in doubt, you should therefore contact us.