Explore Europe’s highest active volcano.
Explore Europe’s highest active volcano. How often in your life do you get the chance to be awe-struck by nature’s brute, untamed force? There are fewer and fewer places in the world left where a man can feel small and insignificant before nature in our age. Etna is a majestic volcano with an eruptive history that can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. It is also the most active volcano in Europe right now with three episodes of lava fountaining at Etna’s Southeast Crater (SEC) from 28 June-4 July of 2021.
According to The UNESCO official website “Mount Etna is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics, and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes. The diverse and accessible range of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows and the Valle de Bove depression have made the site a prime destination for research and education.”
There are several guided tours starting from Catania, the closest city to the volcano. The tours range from relaxed jeep or wine tours to more extreme tours that involve trekking on top of the mountain’s summit. Kind provider of our photos and one of the best out there, the Go-Etna Tours and Excursions. They offer several different options for seeing this amazing wonder of nature that can even include a private helicopter tour of the mountain (with a price that can be expected of this sort of thrill). More