- #nofilter and as far up as we could get on Mt. Etna, Europe’s tallest volcano, and one of the most active in the world. A 10kilo shard of rock I picked up from the top is coming home with us 🌋 •
The scene up here is surreal. Jet black volcanic rock all around you, pockets of steam coming out of the ground, and the smell of burning rock, wafting by, as the clouds roll on beneath you. A look up to the very top (only a few hundred meters above) reveals a thick stream of steam and gas billowing out from the main vent. •
The journey to this point is as unique an experience as the summit is. It consists of a beautiful drive up from the base of the mountain, zig-zagging up through lush forests which are abruptly cut through by huge, barren expanses of old lava flows. From a tourist zone about halfway up (and as far up as plebs can go with private vehicles) a cable car takes you above the clouds to a small shack overlooking the entire south-eastern coast of Sicily. From here, a specially built off-road mini bus slowly snakes you up the volcano’s cone, on the blackest road you’ve ever seen, to 2500m, where you do a final trek by foot, up to 2900m. This is where we were when I shot this, on the edge of the crater left behind after the last major eruption in 2002.
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