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ERUPTIVE FISSURES, ETNA’S WOODLAND AND EVOCATIVE VIEWS OF NORTHEN SICILY.


FORNAZZO – ETNA BIRCH WOODS – HIKING ALONG 2002 ERUPTIVE FISSURE TRAIL – MONTE TIMPA ROSSA REFUGE

This interesting nature trip highlights the presence of nordic woodland on Etna, which is most unusual in the Mediterranean. From Fornazzo, we’ll go by minibus up the Mareneve road which leads to Etna Nord, Piano Provenzana. During the drive, we’ll focus on the various kinds of woodland which vary according to altitude, paying particular attention to Etna’s birch woods, which can only be found on this side of Etna (1600m. to 1760 m a.s.l.) We’ll then go to Etna Nord, Piano Provenzana (1820m a.s.l.) along the road which was rebuilt after the devastating 2002 eruption. The hike climbs offroad up the eruptive fissure up to 2000m a.s.l.. From here, we’ll cross the 2002 lava flow field and then the 1923 eruptive fissure, with views over the Ionian and the Sicilian Tirrenian coasts. Going along the fissure, we’ll be able to see the various hornitos (small lava scoriae cones) which follow the outline of the fissure. Then, crossing lava fields of various volcanic eruptions which leads to the Timparossa refuge (1800m a.s.l.) hidden in dense beech woods at the base of the mountain. After a break, we’ll take the same trail to see a Lava bomb field and finally the 2002 craters.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
CLIMBING: 250 METRES
DESCENDING: 200 METRES
WALKING TIME: ABOUT 5 HOURS

TIME OF YEAR RECOMMENDED: ALL YEAR ROUND. This hike can be snowshoed in winter (snowshoes supplied by CAMMINASICILIA).

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