An Overview of the Historical and Current Activity Happening at Mount Etna
Mount Etna is a volcano that has been active for the past 10,000 years and counting. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Europe and certainly worth visiting! Mount Etna tours can be booked from Catania or Siracusa airports. The Etna tour will take you to an altitude of 2,500 meters where you will be able to see all four craters including the smoking crater with a temperature of 800°C which has been erupting since 1968.
The first thing you will see once you arrive at the volcano is Stromboli which has been constantly erupting since 1930. It can be seen from Etna as well and there are many tours that combine these two locations.
Strombolian activity happens when a column of hot gas forms in an underground cavity near magma chamber, this comes up through conduit to the surface where it mixes with cold air causing pressure drop and emission of incandescent cinder or ash. In case of Mount Etna , it ejects about 500 tons per day! As you head down towards Catania , you will pass by Vulcano Island . These tour do not take place every day but check for availability beforehand if interested – they usually last around seven hours during night time.
The tour of Mount Etna starts from the village of Nicolosi where you can buy souvenirs, food and drinks. The guides are very knowledgeable about the volcano and will answer all your questions. There is also a small cinema that shows documentaries about Mount Etna .
It is definitely an experience to remember for a lifetime so if you are in Sicily , make sure to book a tour!
Some interesting facts about Mount Etna:
– It is Europe’s most active volcano with over 200 eruptions per year
– The first recorded eruption was in 1500 BC
– In 1669, an earthquake destroyed many villages on the slopes of Etna and created newaters
– The current cone was built during the last 200,000 years
– The crater is over 500 meters deep and can be visited on some tours.