Friday 18 September 2015

Mount Etna, Sicily

Mount Etna is the most active volcano in Europe and Sicily’s biggest ‘attraction’ so is definitely on all ‘must do’ lists for the area. I had hiked a volcano earlier this year in Guatemala but it hadn’t been quite what I expected (cue heavy mist and winds)…and it turned out this volcano-climbing time was much the same! 

The walks to the top of the volcano were cancelled due to storms (apparently lightening and active volcanoes isn’t a good match!) so we did a more gentle trek along the south side of Mount Etna.

We hiked past former lava flows...

...old craters...

...local foliage, including the spiky ‘mother-in-law’ flower...

...and stunning valley views.

In total we hiked for around 4 hours from 1900m altitude up to 2100m high.
'The view!'

The ground underfoot was all volcanic stone and ash...

Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way back...

Before checking out the volcanic rock jewellery back at base camp (with a mug of hot tea!)

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