From the Mount Etna entry in Wikipedia:

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is the highest active volcano in Europe outside the Caucasus. It is currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It is the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (459 square miles) with a basal circumference of 140 km (87 miles). This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife (Spain) surpasses it in the whole of the European–North-African region west of the Black Sea. In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder and king of gods, and the forges of Hephaestus were said to also be located underneath it.

Mount Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes and is in an almost constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

Mount Etna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A cable car goes part way up the mountain. The bottom station is at 1,910 m (6,270 ft) elevation, the top station is at 2,500 m (8,200 ft). Buses take you from the cable car station to the crater area at 2,920 m (9,580 ft).

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Mount Etna Top Clouds
Mount Etna with the top in the clouds. (520k)
View Cable Car Line
View of the cable car line towards the top station. (571k)
View Cable Car Line
View of the cable car line towards the bottom station. (815k)
Top Station Cable Car
Top station of the cable car. (604k)
Pretty Crowded Top
It was pretty crowded at the top. (414k)
We Mostly Above Solid
We were mostly above a solid cloud layer. (523k)
Sometimes Clouds Reached Higher
Sometimes the clouds reached higher. a few times we were in the clouds during the bus ride to the crater area. (563k)
Sometimes Could Glimpse Area
Sometimes I could get a glimpse of the area around Mount Etna. (568k)
Mount Etna
Mount Etna. (876k)
Mount Etna
Mount Etna. (951k)
Top Mount Etna
Top of Mount Etna. (920k)
Ice Formations Mount Etna
Ice formations on Mount Etna. (774k)
Ice Formations Along Bus
Ice formations along the bus route. (689k)
Ice Formations Along Bus
Ice formations along the bus route. (726k)
Lava Flows Mount Etna
Lava flows on Mount Etna. (519k)
Lichen Covered Lava Flow
Lichen covered lava flow on the north side of Mount Etna. (1000k)
Lichen Rocks Mount Etna
Lichen on rocks on Mount Etna. (1332k)
Pine Tree North Side
Pine tree on the north side of Mount Etna. (995k)

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