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Queen of Etna's Caves - Grotta del Gelo

- excursion / hiking to the most beautiful of Etna's lava caves -

The Grotta del Gelo - the "Cave of Ice" is no doubt Etna's most famous and spectacular lava tube and merits a whole-day excursion in itself, one that many people will remember as one of the best hikes ever!
However, to get to the cave requires stamina and good physical condition, as it's a 15-20km hike over sometimes rough trails in the middle of endless lava deserts in the most remote parts of Etna and patches of mountain forest.
The tour is suitable for individuals and small groups and are accompanied by our professional mountain guides from Etna who know the volcano like their own pockets.
We organize your transfer to the starting point of the hike half-way up on the northern flank, and provide the necessary equipment to explore the cave (crampoons etc.).
  • Hiking through spectacular scenery on Etna's most remote area
  • Explore a unique lava tube, filled with a small glacier even in summer

Grotta del Gelo excursion:

Day 1: Excursion to Grotta del Gelo
Hike to the most beautiful of Etna's lava caves and the southernmost glacier in Europe.
Tour code: ETN_GDG
Tour type: Walking tour: photography - geology & volcanism
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 1-12
Duration: whole day (ca. 9-12 hours)


Custom tour dates

Price (p.p.): 450 €  ? 


  • Private authorized mountain guide
  • Crampoons for the visit of the glacier in the cave

Arrival info:

The excursion starts and ends on Etna South at the cable car station "La Sapienza". If you don't plan to bring a rental car (recommended option), we can also organize transfers to and back from there, as well as accommodation on Etna.

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