Video of our visit to Europe’s largest active volcano – Mount Etna

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On March - 22 - 2018

Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,329m (10,922 ft). In comparison, Croagh Patrick is 764 metres (2,507 ft). We took a bus close to the summit which has four distinct craters. As you can see in the video it was bitterly cold and windy near the summit so we didn’t stay too long.

Our visit to Mount Etna - Europe's largest active volcano.

Our visit to Mount Etna - Europe's largest active volcano.

We learned about the flora and fauna of Sicily at Viagrande Lava Museum. We saw an excellent 3D movie and also got to examine the various types of volcanic rock and ash.

At the National Institute of Geology and Volcanology in Catania we learned about the different ways volcanoes are monitored including infrasound and seismic waves.


Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and one of the world’s most frequently erupting volcanoes. We were shown this video of the 2002–2003 eruption which threw up a huge column of ash that could easily be seen from space and fell as far away as Libya, 600km south across the Mediterranean Sea.


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