EXCURSION TO THE CRATERS OF STROMBOLI
We organize the excursion to the crater in collaboration with the volcanological guides.
The guide who will accompany you up the volcano made part of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (UIAGM/IFMGA).
How it works:
DEPARTURE FROM GINOSTRA (from June until September)
In order to start in Ginostra we need to be a minimun of 10 people.
The meeting point is in front of the Bazar Store at 16.30.
The guide will meet you and provide you with a mandatory safety helmet which is free of charge.
CLIMBING UP – takes 3 hours approximately
The hike starts following the path of Timpone (higher side of Ginostra) until arriving to the panoramic spot called Punta dei Corvi. From here the climb is quite steep along a long path which leads all the way along the Sciara del Fuoco depression. During this long hike you can already see and hear the smoking volcano above you. The path becomes sometimes difficult because of the vegetation and rocky land.
SUMMIT – 1 hour app. (depends on the atmosphere/weather conditions)
The mountain top (900m above sea level) will be reached by sunset. Once you arrive above the craters you will have approx. one hour break to admire the extraordinary lava eruptions as well as to sit and eat a snack.
DESCEND – takes 2 hours approximately
The descend take place always on the Stromboli village side.
The path sandy valley which makes it easier (than from Ginostra side) to go down in total darkness and with the torch lamp.
DEPARTURE FROM STROMBOLI SIDE
There is a hydrofoil which takes you from Ginostra to Stromboli village in the afternoon. It takes 10 minutes app. and the tickets are available in the ticket office of Bazar Store. Cost €8.00 pp.
Once you arrive in Stromboli, you have to go to the “Vulcano a Piedi” Office, situated 50 meters from the harbor, inside a narrow street, next to the (first) Malandrino Bar.
The staff will wait for you with the reservation ticket (made by Bazar) and give you all the necessary instructions for climbing.
The climbing starts 3 hours before sunset. During the climb you will be surrounded by wild natural landscape and you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
RETURN TO GINOSTRA:
After the descent (2 hours app.) a guide will accompany you to the Stromboli harbour to find a boat which takes you back to Ginostra at 11pm app.
The hiking groups are composed up to 15-20 people and have to be accompanied by an authorized volcanological guide who will help you to discover the Island.
The tour from Ginostra side is more difficult physically but more panoramic and more relaxed as only one group at a time climbs up.
The hiking is slow and include several breaks. It’s also under the control constantly of the guide.
It’s possible to hire the hiking shoes as well as all other equipment in Bazar Store.
For any other information or question please do not hesitate to talk to the staff in the Bazar. Reservation is required.
A personal guide is possible for those who wish to enjoy this adventure in complete exclusivity, alone or with family or a group of friends. Prices varies depending on the season and must be booked beforehand.
Trekking shoes with socks
Flashlight – one per person with spare batteries
An extra cotton T-shirt, pullover and jacket (raincoats).
We suggest to climb with light equipment, with a backpack.
Shorts for the climb and long pants for the descent full of sand.
A bandana or a scarf to protect your face against dust
1-2 liters of water per person.
Packed food, biscuits , sandwich, chocolates or fruits or any snack
Cover yourself at the top as it is almost always windy.
The hike is not an easy walk especially for those who are not used to walking in the mountains. There is vertical drop of 900 m, with steep steps and sections covered with sand and ashes. We do not recommend the tour for pregnant women, people suffering from heart or general physical problems (bronchial asthma, diabetes, vertigo, dizziness, ect.)
Do not wear contact lenses.