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Restart the excursions on the summit craters 3340m

News | April 11, 2018

By 1st April the excursions to the summit craters began.

The excursion consists of: uphill with cable car and jeep up to 2920 mt, from here you walk on foot to the central crater. After crawling on the craters, you walk up to 2500 meters on foot and from here you can take a cable car to the starting point. Duration of excursion 5-6 hours.

For further information, please contact at 9.00 am at the“Alpine Etna Sud Guide Group” (on the left of the Sapienza Refuge). Departure is fixed at 10.30 am. It is possible to make departures at different times than the above.

 

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Open top craters : update July 14, 2017

News | July 14, 2017

With the syndical ordinance n° 22 of 13-07-2017 the excursions are been reopened to the top craters of the volcano Etna.

We remind you that you can be accessed the summit of the alone volcano if exclusively accompanied by Alpine Guides or Vulcanological Guides.

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For further information, please contact at 9.00 am at the“Alpine Etna Sud Guide Group” (on the left of the Sapienza Refuge). Departure is fixed at 10.30 am. It is possible to make departures at different times than the above.

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The excursion consists of: uphill with cable car and jeep up to 2920 mt, from here you walk on foot to the central crater. After crawling on the craters, you walk up to 2500 meters on foot and from here you can take a cable car to the starting point.

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Duration of excursion 5-6 hours.

 

Inspection to the summit craters

News | June 19, 2017

An inspection to the summit craters by some vulcanologic guides of the “Group Guide Alpine Etna Sud”.

After 51 days of the last eruption on 26th/27th April, the access to the summit craters is still forbidden. We remind you that the fruition of the volcano is controlled by syndical ordinances.

The ordinance in effect, at the moment, is the n. 18 – 2th May 2017 establishes:

  1. Free access to the Volcano Etna up to of height 2700 mt;
  2. From to 2700 m of height to 2920 m (torre del filosofo) the access is allowed only if accompanied by either Alpine guides or vulcanologic guide;
  3. Over the height 2920 meters is absolutely forbidden;

We kindly recommend all excursionists to distrust anyone who offers excursions over 2920 m of height, since you risk to commit a crime in accordance with art. n° 650 of the penal code.

We are waiting for a new ordinance of fruition, follow us for further updates here or on the facebook page.

Some images of the summit craters

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The crater of East North was born:

News | May 29, 2017

It was the 27 May of 1911, when the birth of the North-East crater has been enacted.

Developed him to a quota of around 3100 meters high, to Northeast of the central crater, his heights and dimensions in the time are changed for the different eruptive and explosive phases, that have increased it up to become, in 1978 with 3345 meters s.l.m. the tallest top of the Etna, leadership that today it holds still.

The period of maximum activity is had between 1960 and 1970, with persistent activity both effusive and explosive, modifying deeply it’s morphology.

Among the last activities worthy of note, remembers the violent 1986 paroxysm and the effusive activity produced him by a fracture on the oriental base of the cone, begun July 5th 2014 and finished on August 10.

 

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Anniversary eruption 1886

News | May 19, 2017

It applies today, May 19th 2017, the 131° anniversary of the beginning of the eruption of Mountain Gemmellaro.

The cone craterico of Mountain Gemmellaro, in honor of the known doctor and vulcanologo Carlo Gemmellaro, is found to a quota of around 1450 meters on the southern slope of the Etna, whose strained lava it reached near the village of Nicolosi, to a quota of around 760 meters, arresting itself on July 7 1886.

This eruption is today still remembered by the inhabitants of the country of Nicolosi bringing in procession every year in the month of July, the protecting (S. Antonio Abate) saint up to the more advanced lava front.

 

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Etna eruption: update 26-27th April 2017

News | April 28, 2017

From the afternoon of Wednesday, April 26, 2017, another effusive activity was recovered from the fracture on the south side of the South-East crater. The lava flow comes out of the same mouth, the effusive event of April 19, at about 3150m. The lava flow heads towards the Barbagallo craters and then continues in the direction of the Valle del Bove. At the same time, another lava emission occurs from a fracture on the northern side of the South-East cone with the lava flow heading to the Valle del Leone.

From the early hours of April 27, a strombolian activity is also reported from the summit of the South-East crater, with a modest ash column transported by the wind towards Northeast.

The volcano hiking activity takes place regularly, within the quota limits established by the ordinance in force.

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Etna eruption: update 19th April 2017

News | April 20, 2017

In late morning today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a new activity is initiated by the effusive fissure located on the southern flank of the Southeast Crater. The effusive vent of lava is placed at an altitude of about 3150 m.

This episode was preceded last week, by others two effusive episodes (10-11 and 13-14 April), located in the same system of cracks, on the southern slope of the Southeast crater.

Today’s lava flow, is superimposed to the preceding lava flow, it continues in the direction south-east.  At 17.00, the most advanced lava front was located on the western edge of the valle del bove.

Also it reported a modest strombolian activity from a vent “pit crater” located under the rim of the Southeast crater.