A Traveller’s Diary: Climbing Mount Etna

Today I’m taking you back to one of the most memorable travel adventures I ever went on. Having visited Sicily, its central landmark, Mount Etna couldn’t have been other than a major part of the trip. Unlike most tourists, who admire the active volcano from the surroundings of the closely located Messina or Catania, my family and I decided to actually climb the mountain. Despite the fact that it was possible to take a little vehicle up to a point of the climb, we have taken this venture very seriously and walked the whole way. The views were absolutely breathtaking.

Although the landscapes at the beginning of the journey weren’t too inviting with the post-apocalyptic atmosphere and skeleton-like remains of trees destroyed by the lava during the past eruptions, the unique view has certainly had a fascinating charm to it. As we walked up towards the northern crater along a winding pathway full of volcanic rock and dust, even during the summer season we could observe one meter high layers of snow. The moment we have reached the observatorium at the top of the mountain, the scenery resembled a gray, dusty and windy desert, which could have easily been located on another planet. Besides this, we could see a part of the coast and the surrounding cities from the top. The obstacles in the form of a heavy wind towards the end and a challenging surface to walk on have made this climb all the more satisfying.

IMG_1254updIMG_1245updIMG_1252upd IMG_1472upd

IMG_1478upd
The post-apocalyptic landscape
The layers of snow covering the surroundings of the Etna summit
The layers of snow covering the surroundings of the Etna summit
The view of the coast along the way
The view of the coast along the way

IMG_1348upd IMG_1328updIMG_1355upd IMG_1421upd IMG_1422upd IMG_1428upd

IMG_1433upd
The observatorium at the top of the nothern summit of Mount Etna
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s