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.