The Stromboli is one of the world’s most active volcanoes: its intermittent activity (so peculiar that this type of eruptions are known to experts as ‘strombolian’) lasting usually between 1 and 10 seconds. 926 meters high, with its active craters located at approximately 750 meters, it emerged from below the sea to the north-east of the island of Panarea around 160.000 years ago.
The hike to the summit is moderately strenuous: it is advisable to be in good health and good physical shape before attempting it. Pregnant women should abstain altogether. The use of contact lenses is discouraged as volcanic sand and ash could easily enter your eyes and cause irritation.
The limit for independent hikers is set at 400 meters. To climb above that, a certified guide must be hired. Groups are limited to 20 participants and it’s therefore best to book in advance. Magmatrek is a trusted and well-known company: we recommend them. Bear in mind that hiking will only take place if the volcanological data show a regular activity and experts consider it safe for groups to venture near the craters.
The classic itinerary starts near San Vincenzo’s church in town: it’s 4.2 kilometres to the summit of the volcano with 918 meters of ascent, taking approximately 3 and a half hours to complete. The way back is approximately another 2 and a half hours down a different trail which is steeper and sandier than the way up.
Another itinerary starts from the village of Ginostra, on the terrace by the church, climbs along the western side of the Sciara del Fuoco, taking you to Pizzo at 800 meters above sea level where you can watch the activity of the south-western crater. It is advisable, instead of walking back the same way, to proceed to Portella delle Croci and hike along a well-marked trail which will take you to town.
Some companies offer boots and equipment for rent also. It’s best to start with light clothing and dress up once on the top.
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