Volcanoes of Italy, October 2019
The price is 800 euro per
person. The price includes:
- All sea kayaking equipment:
your choice of kayak, Werner or GL paddle, spray-deck, BA.
- Safety and rescue equipment for the group -
spare paddles, tow lines, radios, flares, etc
- Laminated A4 maps of overview and each island
- Group cooking equipment
The price does not include
(with estimated costs per person):
- Camping equipment, food and food preparation
- Flight to Catania
- Transfer from Catania airport to Milazzo (allow
40 euro pp)
- Hotel in Milazzo (30 euro)
- Various ferries (allow 6 x 15 euro)
- Possible hotels en route (30 euro per night)
- Fee for local guide on Stromboli (30 euro)
- transfer to Mt Etna (40 euro)
- 2 nights hotel in Etna (2 x 30 euro)
- Etna transport and entrance fee (60 euro)
- Transfer to Catania airport (20 euro)
The Aeolian Islands comprise 7 volcanic
islands located north of Sicily. The islands are connected to
Milazzo, on Sicily, by daily passenger ferries.
Aim of the expedition
The aim of the expedition
is to explore the volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands by sea and foot. The
largest island, Lipari, is 29km around, so all islands can be
circumnavigated in a day. Seven islands in 7 days, perhaps? Three
days are planned for hiking on Volcano, Stromboli and Filicudi islands.
Half days paddling/hiking are also likely.
A map and photos of the 2017
expedition can be seen
A trip report by Kathy can be seen
advertised dates allow
days for the Aeolian island expedition (Oct 23-Nov 1), one day
transferring to Mt Etna (Nov 2) one full day hiking
on Mt Etna (Nov 3). In the case of a favorable forecast at the start of
the trip, we will take the ferry from Milazzo to Stromboli on Day 1, Oct 23, then after
circumnavigating and summiting, work our way back to the
bigger islands via Panarea. Catching the ferry out to Filicudi/Alicudi
from Salina is possible if time and weather allows.
In case of poor weather at
the beginning then we would start at Volcano and spend a few days
paddling the bigger and more sheltered islands and then go to Stromboli
when the weather improves.
On Nov 2 we will take the
ferry back to Milazzo from wherever we are, then get a shared transfer to Mt Etna (3 hours).
At Mt Etna we we will stay in a hotel for 2 nights and go hiking on Nov
Arrival and departure
You must arrive in Catania
airport by 4pm on Tuesday, October 22. I will arrange a group transfer to
Milazzo, takes about 3 hours. We will stay in a hotel near the
Milazzo ferry port, I will arrange this closer closer to the time.
On Nov 4 I will arrange a
shared transfer to Catania airport at 9am, takes 1 hour. You can
depart at anytime from 11am on Monday November 4.
If you want to extend your
trip in Sicily either before or after, no problem.
We plan to
the shorter crossings of the 3 bigger islands, then take ferries to Panarea, Stromboli and perhaps to Filicudi
and/or Alicudi. The daily ferries
give us the advantage of spending more time paddling around the islands
and less time "crossing". However, in case of perfect conditions,
such as we had for Stromboli-Panarea-Salina in 2017, we will consider
making longer crossings.
Required Paddling Experience
expedition is for strong and competent paddlers who would like to enjoy
the experience of an extended sea trip, including a possible open crossings of
Experience of specialist sea kayaks is
essential. To join us you should be:
to paddle up to 30km per day
AND to hike to 950m from sea level on Stromboli
Have some experience of rough water
control the boat down wind and across the wind
paddle into strong wind
Have experience and equipment
for camping in the
wind and rain.
The highlight of the trip is
to climb the active volcanic island of Stromboli. The climb to the
summit crater is only permitted with a local guide. Cost is 30
euro pp. Departure is around 2pm and takes around 6 hours.
It takes about 3 hours to reach the summit crater. In 2017 we
stayed up for about 1.5 hours and saw numerous eruptions, see a video
here. It took 1.5 hours to descend, returning at around 9pm,
in the dark.
See hiking map
We will camp on the beach near the town in the lower left, the route to
the summit is in green, zigzag up, straight down. On the LHS of
this map you will see recommended equipment. I suggest walking
shoes rather than boots and the addition of a fleece, thermals, a hat.
It was really cold on the summit in in 2017 while we were standing
around waiting for the eruptions.
Dominating the NE Sicilian
landscape at 3329m is the volcano of Mt Etna. After our
paddling adventure we will spend one day hiking on the slopes on Mt Etna in the hope that the
weather will be kind. We will arrive by car and stay at Refugio
Sapennza at 2000m. From Refugio, there is a teleferique to 2400 m,
then a 4WD bus service to 2800m. After viewing the craters and
lava flows at this level you can hike back down without a guide.
This is what we did in 2017.
If the weather is good and
volcanic activity mild, we might be able to hire a guide and attempt the
Camping will be wild, on or near beaches.
Some are remote and there will be no facilities. Some are near to the
towns, allowing us to go shopping of for a restaurant meal. A strong lightweight,
waterproof tent is essential. All islands have hotels near to the port
area so a night or 2 in a bed is possible, which could be very attractive in
case of bad weather.
The expedition is self catering:-
Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks
and prepare a group evening meal, in turn. There are
supermarkets on all the islands, near the ferry ports so we will shop
as we go to keep the boats light for carrying on and off the
restaurant meal is also an option. You are welcome to
bring food items from home if you wish.
Stoves and fuel
I will provide Trangia
camping stoves for the group - one per 4 persons. The stove
includes 2x2l pots, a kettle and a 22cm frying pan. I will also
Temperature will be in the range 15-20
degrees. Water will be around 18 degrees. October is teh
start of teh rainy season and rain is very likely.
What to wear
cagoule (waterproof paddling jacket) and neoprene trousers or
similar will be required on windy or rainy days. Shorts and a shirt will
be sufficient on some days.
Good hiking shoes, warm layers and a good coat
will be required for
If swimming in the hot mud pools on volcano island
appeals, you will need disposable swimwear as, apparently, the smell is
difficult to wash out.
See a complete