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Mount Etna eruption July 2024: is it safe to visit?

As we all know, part of the fascination about Mount Etna derives from its being an active volcano; nonetheless, its sudden eruptions always leave us amazed and in awe, often stirring the attention of the media, that show spectacular explosions, lava fountains and volcanic ash affecting the airport operations. Many people planning on visiting Etna wonder if they will see – or even touch! – lava during their excursion; some other people get somewhat scared that it may be too dangerous and even cancel their plans to come to Sicily.

When it comes down to it, Etna is indeed an active volcano, so its current eruption really comes as no surprise. This activity is in fact normal for this volcano, and despite it, visiting Mount Etna is still very much possible, offering a unique opportunity to witness one of nature’s most powerful forces up close.

In recent years, Etna’s volcanic activity has been mostly concentrated at altitudes above 3000 meters. Its eruptions typically last only a few hours and are closely monitored by local authorities, ensuring that visitors can explore the volcano safely.

Etna eruption july 2024
Etna Eruption July 2024 – Ph. Roberto Coppolino

Tours at 1800 Meters: Safe and Exciting

For those opting for tours at 1800 meters, the experience is both thrilling and safe. At this altitude, you can explore the fascinating lateral craters of Mount Etna, which offer a glimpse into the volcano’s dynamic history without any risk. The terrain is dotted with unique geological formations and provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Hiking around the Sartorius Craters, for instance, allows visitors to explore these lateral craters with zero risks, making it an ideal choice for families and casual hikers. The tour guides are well-informed about the current volcanic activity and are equipped to ensure your safety throughout the journey.

Tours Reaching 2800 Meters: Adapting to Conditions

For those seeking a bit more adventure, tours reaching up to 2800 meters are available. However, the ability to reach this altitude may be adjusted by authorities based on the current volcanic activity and safety considerations; these decisions are made daily, reflecting the real-time conditions of the volcano.

Even if the maximal reachable altitude is lowered, the experience remains exceptional, even at lower altitudes. The breathtaking views and the chance to observe Etna’s ever-changing landscape will be worth the visit, and even seeing some smoke coming out of the top craters and possible fumaroles, as well as other volcanic features, will make for an unforgettable excursion.

So Why Visit Mount Etna Now?

  • Unique Experience: Witnessing an active volcano is a rare and awe-inspiring experience. The combination of scenic beauty and geological marvels makes Mount Etna a must-visit destination.
  • Expert Guidance: Tours are led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the volcano’s activity and the surrounding environment. Their expertise ensures both safety and an enriched learning experience.
  • Adaptable Itineraries: Tours are flexible and can be adapted to ensure safety without compromising the adventure. Whether you’re exploring the lateral craters or attempting a higher ascent, the journey is tailored to current conditions.
  • Spectacular Views: The views from Mount Etna are unparalleled. The contrast between the lush greenery at lower altitudes and the stark, otherworldly landscapes higher up provides a feast for the eyes and the soul.

Mount Etna, with its majestic presence and ongoing volcanic activity, remains a prime destination for explorers. The careful monitoring and adaptive tour planning ensure that visitors can safely enjoy the wonders of this natural powerhouse. Whether you choose a serene walk around the lateral craters or an adventurous climb to higher altitudes, Mount Etna offers an unforgettable experience that combines natural beauty, geological intrigue, and the thrill of witnessing a living, breathing volcano.

Our tours are thought to give you both opportunities, so pack your camera and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime on Mount Etna!