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Nature is my healer – Etna

When I work and project much, I need more time in the nature. It is my healer and calms down my thoughts. I see clearly what needs focus and the vision gets more clear, not just seeing a forest but seeing the trees. I love to drive to Etna areas with a little bag packed with water, sandwiches, fruits and some warm clothes if weather changes. I do not plan so much where I will go, I stop where the right feeling is right. I like to hike alone. For security making a phone call to my Swedish bank just to leave a signal in the space for trace and a note on the kitchen table where I went if something happens. But people from Lapland are born with nature and know how to cope…

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När jag arbetar och projekterar mycket behöver jag mer tid i naturen. Det är min läkare och lugnar mina tankar. Ser tydligt vad som behöver fokuseras på och visionen blir tydligare, inte bara att se en skog, utan se träden. Jag älskar att köra till Etna-området med en liten väska packad med vatten, smörgåsar, frukt och lite varma kläder om vädret förändras. Jag planerar inte så mycket vart jag ska, stannar där känslan är rätt. Jag gillar att vandra ensam. För säkerhet ringer ett telefonsamtal till min svenska bank bara för att lämna en signal i rymden för spårning och en anteckning på köksbordet vart jag åkte om något händer. Men människor från Lappland är födda med naturen och vet hur man klarar sig…

Butterflies and birds around me is pure joy to observe. Beautiful creatures.


Fjärilar och fåglar runt mig är ren glädje att observera. Vackra varelser.

If you hike in Etna area, dress dark as you will be covered by black lava dust. The ground is not black but the dust sneaks in.


Om du vandrar i Etna-området, klä dig mörkt eftersom du kommer att täckas av svart lavadamm. Marken är inte svart men dammet smyger in.

For Etna hiking trails you find maps here: Etna Map . If the link does not work, try later. Do not contact me about as it is not my page. Contact them.

Happy hiking!


För Etnas vandringsleder hittar du kartor i Etna Map – länken ovan. Om länken inte fungerar, försök senare. Kontakta inte mig eftersom det inte är min sida. Kontakta dem.

Glad vandring!

Etna sunset, moonset, smoking…

Paragliding over Taormina

Summertime with summer happenings, and this summer I finally did something I planned to do for a long time. Decided to do paragliding from 900 m.a.s.l, from the hills above Castelmola.
From there we flew over Castelmola roof tops, over Taormina and landed butt first on the beach in Letojanni. With spectacular views over the coastline and Etna. This is a must do if you dare!

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Sommartid med sommarh?ndelser, och i somras gjorde jag ?ntligen n?got jag planerat att g?ra under l?ng tid. Best?mde mig f?r att g?ra paragliding fr?n 900 m.?.h, fr?n bergen ovanf?r Castelmola. D?rifr?n fl?g vi ?ver Castelmolas takplattor, ?ver Taormina och landade med rumpan f?rst p? stranden i Letojanni. Med spektakul?r utsikt ?ver kusten och Etna. Detta ?r ett m?ste om du v?gar!

 

By the start I was quite nervous because you have to run downhills and at one point the hill ends and you better be flying that moment. But then it was like flying in a cotton cloud. Silence, breeze, stunning views with an amazing feeling that is difficult to describe.


I b?rjan var jag ganska nerv?s eftersom du m?ste springa nerf?r bergsryggen och sen tar berget slut och det ?r b?st bli att flyga vid det ?gonblicket. Men sen var det som att flyga i ett bomullsmoln. Tysthet, vind, spektakul?r utsikt med en fantastisk k?nsla som ?r sv?r att beskriva.

 

The photo above with the beautiful beach line of Letojanni. Where we are about to land.


Bilden ovan med den vackra strandlinjen i Letojanni. D?r vi ska landa.

 

If you want to do this, you find Etna Fly by the beach in Letojanni. You get an USB with a film of the whole flight and lots of photos. Enjoy!


Om du vill g?ra detta, hittar du Etna Fly vid stranden i Letojanni. Du f?r en USB med film ?ver hela flygningen och massor av foton. Mycket n?je!

Skiing on Etna – with Eruption!

Skiing on Etna is something out of this world! And especially when the volcano in erupting the same time. This day was just perfect! New fresh snow that didn’t become icy yet and no wind at all. So warm I had to take my gloves off and was glad I just put jeans on. On one side you have the volcano, and on the other side a spectacular view to Taormina, Giardini-Naxos and with a clear day like this, all the way to Calabria.

Sadly you can not program to ski on Etna as the window of days is very narrow. We had just one day in one week of time to go because as soon as the Sicilian hot sun appears the snow melts rapidly and Etna is often very windy. You can do this if you are lucky to be in Sicily this time and match a day similar to this.

The north side has snow some days longer than the south side. There are two bars, some rental offices for ski equipment ecc. Three lifts with short slopes as Sicily is of course not a ski destination. We paid 30 euro each for the lifts, 20 euro each for rental of a whole set and 3 euro for parking. There is also a nice lunch restaurant by the slopes which you can reach skiing and then just take the ski lift up again. I recommend to go in the middle of the week as weekends are very crowded. — More photos after Swedish text —

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Skid?kning p? Etna ?r n?got utanf?r denna v?rld! Och speciellt n?r vulkanen har utbrott samtidigt. Den h?r dagen var bara s? perfekt! Ny fr?sch sn? som inte blivit isig ?nnu och ingen vind alls. S? varmt att jag var tvungen att ta av mina handskar och glad att jag hade bara jeans. P? den ena sidan har du vulkanen, och andra sidan en spektakul?r utsikt mot Taormina, Giardini-Naxos och med en klar dag som denna, hela v?gen till Kalabrien.

Tyv?rr kan du inte f?rprogrammera f?r att ?ka skidor p? Etna eftersom tilff?llet av dagar ?r mycket kort. Vi hade bara en dag under en vecka att ?ka f?r att s? snart den sicilianska heta solen kommer fram sm?lter sn?n snabbt och p? Etna ?r det ofta v?ldigt bl?sigt. Du kan g?ra det om du har tur att vara p? Sicilien och matcha en dag som liknar denna.

Norra sidan har sn? n?gra dagar l?ngre ?n s?dra sidan. Det finns tv? barer, n?gra hyreskontor f?r skidutrustning ecc. Tre liftar med korta backar d? Sicilien naturligtvis inte ?r ett skidomr?de. Vi betalade 30 euro f?r liftarna, 20 euro f?r uthyrning av en hel upps?ttning och 3 euro f?r parkering. Det finns ocks? en trevlig lunchrestaurang vid backarna som du kan n? p? skidor och ta bara skidliften upp igen. Rekommenderar att ?ka under veckan, d? helgen ?r smockat med skid?kare.

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Lunch time //? Lunchdags

Back to the slopes again! / Tillbaka till backarna!

Etna and Earthquake

The world was reached by the news from Sicily that we have had an earthquake here yesterday early morning. The strongest was magnitude 5.1 earthquake located southeast of Acitrezza, north of Catania. We have no reported deaths, 10 people injured, but much damages on houses and roads. Badly effected towns are Zafferana Etnea, Santa Venerina, and small mountain villages around. Many people’s houses has collapsed or got badly damaged, but mostly old houses that are not built according to newer construction standards that requires attention to earthquakes.

The highway Catania – Messina is closed down from Catania to Giarre for inspections (direction north). If you visit Sicily you may notice that most parts of the highway is built on bridges, not on the soil. They have build the highways this way due to the areas high risk for earthquakes, then the bridges blocks move during the quake instead of the road getting cracks or dangerous holes.

The airports longest closure was four hours, then four flights an hour could land. The problem for the flights is the lava dust and stone particles that can damage the motors. It is very common the airport closes when Etna also has smaller eruptions as all depends on in which direction the wind goes, and this time it was towards Catania. The flights are then redirected to Palermo and Comiso. Etna has eruptions couple of times a year. This eruption was strong as all three top craters were active and new craters holes was developed on the volcano, but we were also lucky that the lava ran down to the large volcano valley, Valle del Bove.

We are used to small earthquakes as 1.5 – 3.0 is quite normal activity several times a year, and we know we are living in an active area in many ways. When Etna is erupting it sounds like there is a war going on, powerful bangs like bombs falling. The lava does not move fast, just couple of kilometers an hour. The problem is often the earthquakes and stone rain. The lava show is though spectacular.

We’ve had over a thousand quakes, the record was over 400 quakes in four hours (according to a local article I saw). After quakes are still going on, the strongest was 2.0. But as I wrote before we have often 2.0 quakes as it is an active area, Etna is an active volcano.

I live in the Taormina area and we did not get effected, but in Giardini-Naxos they felt some of the quake. Giardini-Naxos is just right below Taormina on the south side.

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V?rlden n?ddes av nyheterna fr?n Sicilien att vi har haft en jordb?vning h?r ig?r tidigt p? morgonen. Den starkaste var ett jordskalv med magnitud 5.1 sydv?st om Acitrezza, norr om Catania. Vi har inga rapporterade d?dsfall, 10 skadade personer, men mycket skador p? hus och v?gar. V?rst drabbade ?r Zafferana Etnea, Santa Venerina och sm? bergsbyar runt omkring. M?nga m?nniskors hus har kollapsat eller skadats, men mestadels gamla hus som inte ?r byggda enligt nyare byggnadsstandarder som kr?ver speciell byggnation mot jordb?vningar.

Motorv?gen Catania – Messina ?r st?nd fr?n Catania till Giarre f?r inspektioner (riktning norr). Om du bes?ker Sicilien kanske du m?rker att de flesta delarna av motorv?gen ?r byggda p? broar, inte p? marken. De har byggt v?garna p? det h?r s?ttet p? grund av omr?dets h?ga risk f?r jordb?vningar, d? r?r sig broblocken under jordb?vningen i st?llet f?r att v?gen f?r sprickor eller farliga h?l.

Flygplatsens l?ngsta st?ngning var fyra timmar, sedan kunde fyra flygningar varje timme landa. Problemet med flygningarna ?r lavastoft och stenpartiklar som kan skada motorerna. Det ?r v?ldigt vanligt att flygplatsen st?ngs n?r Etna ocks? har mindre utbrott, eftersom allt beror p? vilken riktning vinden g?r och den h?r g?ngen var den mot Catania. Flygningarna omdirigeras sedan till Palermo och Comiso. Etna har utbrott n?gra g?nger om ?ret. Detta utbrott var starkt eftersom alla tre toppkratrarna var ig?ng och nya kraterh?l utvecklades p? vulkanen, men vi hade ocks? tur att lavan rann ner till den stora vulkandalen, Valle del Bove.

Vi ?r vana vid sm? jordb?vningar d? 1,5 – 3,0 ?r ganska normal aktivitet flera g?nger om ?ret, och vi vet att vi lever i ett aktivt omr?de p? m?nga s?tt. N?r Etna har utbrott l?ter det som om ett krig p?g?r, kraftfulla sm?llar som fallande bomber. Lavan r?r sig inte snabbt, bara n?gra kilometer i timmen. Problemet ?r ofta jordb?vningarna och stenregn. Lavashowen ?r dock spektakul?r.

Vi har haft ?ver tusen skalv, rekordet var ?ver 400 skalv p? fyra timmar (enligt en lokal artikel som jag l?ste). Efterskakningarna ?r fortfarande ig?ng, den starkaste var 2.0. Men som jag skrev innan har vi ofta 2.0 skalv eftersom det ?r ett aktivt omr?de och Etna ?r en aktiv vulkan.

Jag bor i Taormina-omr?det och vi har inte drabats, men i Giardini-Naxos k?ndes jordb?vningen av.? Giardini-Naxos ligger precis under Taormina p? s?dra sidan.

Etna is having a huge eruption!

Etna is having a massive eruption which started escalating today after several weeks of activity. today. All three craters are active and a grey cloud starts to build up above Giardini-Naxos were we have out offices. At this moment they are having a metting at Catania airport if they have to close the airport. This eruption can go on for weeks.

Best live Cam at 2,500 meters click on link HERE.

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Etna har ett mycket stort utbrott just nu som b?rjade eskalera idag efter flera veckors aktivitet. Alla tre toppkratrarna ?r aktiva och ett stort gr?tt moln b?rjar t?ckas ?ver Giardini-Naxos d?r vi har v?rat kontor. Just nu har Catanias flygplatsledning m?te om de m?ste st?nga flygplatsen. Detta utbrott kan p?g? i veckor.

Bra livekamera p? 2,500m klicka H?R.

Helluva smoke on Etna! 🌋

Eruption on third week now. It is good the volcano lets out some pressure.

Utbrottet p? tredje veckan nu. Bra att vulkanen sl?pper p? trycket lite.

Don’t miss Cave Ox

If you are out by Etna north side and enjoying wine yards, do not miss Cave Ox. An amazing local restaurant in Solicchiata, just where the wine districts starts by Etna. The cook by the seasons and the owner is very friendly. He also offered me to taste some new wines he was thinking to have in the wine selection. Here having their anti-pasti and then Porcini mushroom pasta.

Om du ?r ute vid Etnas norra sida och njuter av ving?rdar, missa inte Cave Ox. En fantastisk lokal restaurang i Solicchiata, precis d?r vindistrikten b?rjar vid Etna. Kocken lagar efter ?rstiderna och ?garen ?r mycket v?nlig. Han erbj?d mig ocks? att smaka p? n?gra nya viner som han t?nkte ha i vinsortimentet. H?r deras anti-pasti och sedan Porcini svamppasta.

Travelling to Sicily? Do not miss this!

There are several ways to see Etna, but this is the coolest way. By helicopter across Mount Etna’s crater, northern observation station and the freshest lava streams. Here by take off at the heliport. For special excursions I always book by? Sicily Private Spot!

Wine tasting for 4

The wine association I am a member of organizes special wine tastings also with small groups and we went to visit a small winery by the Etna slopes who produces only 3,700 bottles a year. Here we walked in the wineyards, learnt about the vine process, special details of the soils effect and how the rains fall….and at the end we tasted the winerys red and white wine together with other products produced on the yard and local cheeses. A special day in a special place.

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Vinf?reningen som jag ?r medlem i organiserar speciella vinprovningar ?ven med sm? grupper och vi h?ngde med f?r att bes?ka en liten ving?rd vid Etnas backar som producerar endast 3,700 flaskor om ?ret. H?r gick vi kring vinrankorna, l?rde oss om vinprocessen, speciella detaljer om markens effekt och hur regnen faller …. och i slutet smakade vi ving?rdens r?da och vita vin tillsammans med andra produkter som produceras p? g?rden och lokala ostar. En speciell dag p? en speciell plats.

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