Catania, Sicily, Italy
Adventure,Jeep 4-Wheel-Drive ATV,All
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Approximately 6 Hours
Those seeking an adventurous, off-road encounter with mighty Mt Etna will delight in this excursion.
On the way, you'll stop to see the vast lava flows and the more recent paths eroded by the 2002 eruptions. The lava has carved its way through hillside forests and bushland, leaving a scar that can be seen from miles around.
In 1980, Etna's flank suffered a colossal sector collapse, which caused part of the volcanic cone to slide towards the east. This movement sent an avalanche of rock crashing towards the sea, devastating everything in its path. The huge depression which remains is known as Valle de Bove (Valley of the Ox). Visit the Dagala Longa by 4x4 as you travel over the lava fields.
The eruptions of 1992 and 1993 created a fascinating cave from the lava flows. You'll visit the Corruccio Cave, which showcases how a particularly fluid lava flow shapes the landscape.
Take in a truly up-close view of the magnificent Mt Etna as you follow your guide on a walk over the Sartorius Craters. Watch for steam created from the activity of Piano Provenzana and for wonderful views from atop one of Europe's most active volcanoes.
After your exciting morning you'll have worked up and appetite. Enjoy a sandwich at a local lodge.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Due to the high elevation, bring a light jacket or sweater and biodegradable sunscreen. Ride will be bumpy. Pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems are not allowed to participate. Guests who are claustrophobic may prefer not to visit the caves and tunnels. Tour operates weather permitting.