- Snowshoe on Europe's highest volcano
- Explore dramatic volcanic landscape
- Climb to the summit craters of Mt Etna
Mt Etna is Europe's tallest active volcano and, despite being located in the mild Mediterranean island of Sicily, it receives deep winter snow down to 1800m (and sometimes below). This unique weekend trip will see us clipping into our snowshoes and setting off over the snow-covered lava flows with our expert local guide. We explore the southern side of a circular path around Mt Etna and walk up to the Bove Valley, offering inspirational views of Sicily's coastline and of the four craters that make up the top of this impressive volcano.
Newsletter article about snowshoeing on Mount Etna...
Winter Activities Newsletter - Anna Dambrosio, Exodus Product Manager, writes about Snowshoeing on the God of Fire (June 2012).
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, our accommodation for the first night is a small familyrun hotel in Catania and eat in a locally-owned restaurant offering Sicilian specialties. We spend the following 2 nights in a comfortable mountain hut, with an on-site restaurant providing excellent food prepared with Sicilian fresh ingredients. The group's activities have a low impact on the environment, and our operator rents all equipment locally. These aspects contribute to the continuation of the community itself, by creating jobs and offering career prospects to local people, who may otherwise be tempted to move to a larger town or city in search of employment.
Most importantly, our local partner is an active member in "addiopizzo", a grassroots organisation established by local businesses and private citizens who refuse to pay the "pizzo" - Mafia extortion money.
Snowshoeing on Mt Etna (photo by Turi Musumeci)