V2SA – VULCANO to SALINA – Aeolian islands swim crossing, 2-8 October 2021, 1 Week Programme

Overview

Dates of trip
2-8 October


Getting to the Aeolian islands

Ferry: from Palermo and Naples. The ferry company that provide the service between Palermo and the Aeolian islands is Liberty Lines. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are Snav and Siremar ;

Train: from any Italian city your can easily get to Naples and Milazzo;
From Milazzo you can take the ferry to the Aeolian islands. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are Siremar, Liberty Lines, N.G.I;

Plane: you can fly to Catania, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples with: Ryanair, Easyjet, Alitalia, Air Italy, Neos Air, Volotea, Blue Air, Tuifly be, Vueling, Blue-express, Alba Star, Corendon Dutch, Lufthansa, Turkish airlines, Czech Airlines, Air France, Eurowings, Smart Wings, Air Malta, Austrian Airlines, Norwegian Air, Swiss, Iberia, SAS, KLM, Air Dolomiti, British Airways, Brussels Airlines. From Catania airport you can get to Milazzo with public transports (bus). The bus companies that provide this service from Catania to Milazzo are: GiuntabusBus Shuttle Catania MilazzoSAIS Autolinee. From Reggio Calabria airport there is a direct ferry with LibertyLines to the Aeolian islands. Other transfers from different cities in Calabria are available during the summer with tropeamarcomercisavadorifoderaro.


Accommodation

We stay at Hotel Rojas, Vulcano for 6 nights. This will be the ideal accommodation were to start and end our expeditions around the Aeolian archipelago. Hotel Rojas has comfortable rooms with terrace or balcony, air-conditioned, satellite TV, safety box, frigobar, hairdryer, telephone and good facilities for a relaxing holiday. The Hotel Rojas, Vulcano is located in the centre town of Vulcan few meters away from the mud baths, and from the main port of the island.


Food

Typical Italian breakfast is served in the hotel each morning from 7:30. Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks and will be served on the boat. We will have 6 dinners in town at "Vincenzino Restaurant". The kitchen can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.


Equipment/Clothes

On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you: a waterproof jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat, wool hat, and sun glasses. There several cash points on the island of Vulcano so you don’t need to bring to much money along with you.


Average temperatures and conditions

October - Average air temperature is 22° Average sea temperature is 22° (degrees Celsius). Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience being in open water.


Fees

8 participants € 1750 + € 30 (club membership)
9 participants € 1650 + € 30 (club membership)
from 10 participants € 1565 + € 30 (club membership)


What’s included

6 nights full board accommodation (breakfast - packed lunch - dinner); accommodation in Hotel in twin/double bedrooms; fully guided tour on the expedition; Swimtrekking guiding and coaching for 5 full days and 1 half day (coaching session); 1 main boat for 5 days; 2 ribs for 5 days; permits and authorizations; Vulcano island (Spiagge Nere) to Salina island (Lingua) crossing; Swimtrekking Club insurance; Swimtrekking T-shirt and swim hat; Swimtrekking crossing certificate.


What’s not included

Travel to and from the Aeolian archipelago; banks commissions; drinks at the restaurant; personal travel insurance; any other additional insurance; tips; other extra activities; anything else not shown on  what’s included.


 

V2SA – VULCANO to SALINA – Aeolian islands swim crossing, 2-8 October 2021, 1 Week Programme

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Looking for an incredible Mediterranean Sea swim crossing challenge combined with an adventure holiday full of beautiful swims within one of Europe’s most fascinating archipelagos? We have the answer, make your swim challenge goals a reality by crossing the Aeolian archipelago from Vulcano island to Salina island and also experience the vast variety of the Aeolian islands archipelago coastline with its stunning rock formations and postcard sandy beaches.

Coastal swims will have a length of approximately 5 km per day. The swims will be in preparation of the main event of the expedition, the crossing from Vulcano island to Salina island and exactly from Spiagge Nere (Vulcano island) to Lingua (Salina island) for a total of 16 kilometers. Each day the Swimtrekking instructors will inform you of the daily itinerary and provide safety and support during the swims. Swimtrekking will provide you 6 days (5 full days and 1 half day) of coastal swims, optional coaching sessions plus crossings in the Aeolian islands archipelago including the 16 km crossing from Vulcano island to Salina island.

Equipment

This is your swim challenge! What stands us alone from other crossing providers is that we aren’t rule specific in terms of swim equipment*. You are undertaking a non-competitive swim crossing; we just need to know what swim equipment you wish to use when you register. We appreciate everyone’s goals and how they wish to achieve them is different. We suggest each swimmer brings a swim costume and 2 goggles. You could also choose to bring wetsuit, fins, snorkel or any other kind of technical equipment. Swimtreeking will provide swimmers with a swim cap and t-shirt.

*The only exceptions are you must wear a swim cap provided by Swimtrekking and  waterproof MP3 players are prohibited. The use of front snorkels is permissible, but the use of these is to be discussed with the lead swim instructor  prior to your crossing purely for safety purposes.dallas-morgan-HuXaTzMDNWc-unsplash

About Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands,  formed by volcanic activity are a famous Sicilian archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Sicily and named by Greek settlers after Aeolus, god of the winds. They consist of seven emerged islands – Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano. Both Stromboli and Vulcano still have active volcanoes. The islands are very popular as a they are considered one of the best Italian holiday destinations. This archipelago will offer you sunshine, beaches and incredible natural beauty. Visiting the hot mud baths, taking a guided hike up to the craters of Vulcano and Stromboli, seeing wild donkeys, transport in a spartan conical Alicudi and exploring the international jet-set playground of Panarea  are part of this exciting experience. This extremely varied and beautiful archipelago wasdesignated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000. Their volcanic origins have left a dramatic legacy of black-sandbeaches and rocky coastlines. You will enjoy all the wild and natural beauties this archipelago has to offer.

Dates of trip

2-8 October
Please note: for group bookings Swimtrekking can tailor the trip to the group specific needs/requirements/dates.

About the trip

Start point: Hotel Rojas, Vulcano.
Start time: 2 October @ 2 pm meet your Swimtrekking Instructors at Hotel Rojas. Check in, packed lunch, briefing and first swim in the afternoon.
Finish point: Hotel Rojas, Vulcano.
Finish time:  8 October @ 10.30 am after breakfast check out from Hotel Rojas.

Typical day Swimtrekking

Breakfast and briefing. Pack up your essentials for the day before heading out for the morning swim. Walk to the pier in front at the hotel. Meet your boat that will take you to the swim locations. We’ll stop off in a cove for lunch, after which you have time to spend exploring. Once lunch has settled and everyone is ready to cool off in the water again, we start our second swim in a different location. At the end of the second swim the boat will take us back to the hotel.5cf72b87460bcf548c9db70c1a01972d

The Crossing – General information

Location

Aeolian islands

Distance

16 kilometers according to weather conditions from Vulcano island to Salina island or from Salina island (IT) to Vulcano island. Itinerary could also slightly change due to Italian coast guard decisions.

Swim Window Dates

We will have a swim crossing window of 5 days from 4 to 8 of October. In case of bad weather conditions, an alternative itinerary will be organized along the coastline.

The day of the crossing

Aim for a 7am start (this is subject to change at the discretion of the lead Swimtrekking instructor and boat captain). The crossing would only go ahead if the weather conditions are satisfactory and safe (neutral or favourable currents; maximum Beaufort scale (2) and only with the authorization of the Italian coast guard.

Groups

All swims are non competitive. Instructor(s) will create a maximum of 3 groups. Each group will be assigned 1 support boat. Each group will have different speeds and swimmers should always swim together and as a team (pod).

Swimmers

Should wear a swim cap for all swims. Each swim group will be assigned a colour. During the week Swimtrekking instructors will take care of swim drinks and feeds, approximately every 30 minutes. Swimmers are free to prepare their personalized drinks and feeds.

See Rules and Regulations below about V2SA Swim 1 week programme. 

Rules and Regulations V2SA Swim 1 week programme

A solid open water swimming and sea conditions knowledge base is preferential. This will help facilitate the success of crossing Vulcano to Salina.

Swim window dates

We will have a swim crossing window of 5 days from 4 to 8 of October. In case of bad weather conditions, an alternative itinerary will be organized along the coastline.

Swim Equipment

This is your swim challenge! What stands us alone from other crossing providers is that we aren’t rule specific in terms of swim equipment*. You are undertaking a non-competitive swim crossing; we just need to know what swim equipment you wish to use when you register. We appreciate everyone’s goals and how they wish to achieve them is different.

*The only exceptions are you must wear a swim cap provided by Swimtrekking and waterproof MP3 players are prohibited. The use of front snorkels is permissible, but the use of these is to be discussed with the lead swim instructor prior to your crossing purely for safety purposes.

Medical Certificate

Provide a completed medical certificate from a doctor certifying that the swimmer has no medical reason which would preclude him/her from performing non-competitive swimming and is fit for the swim challenge.

Insurance (travel and life insurance)

Swimmers must have their own individual insurance which assures they are covered for any unforeseen event during their voyage. Any accident in relation to any support boats are covered by the insurance of the boat and Swimtrekking, apart from that Swimtrekking is not responsible for the consequences that arise as long as they are not within their responsibilities.

Communication and language

The swimmer, coach, mentor or support crew should be able to communicate in Italian or English.

Swimmer support crew

A maximum of one support crew is permissible for the crossing. Support crew will need to pay a discounted rate.

Aborting swim due to swimmers safety 

The skipper of the main support vessel, after consultation with the doctor and lead swim support instructor has the final decision with regards to swimmers safety and aborting a swim.

Group (Pod) swimming

Instructors will split all the swimmers into 3 speed groups. Therefore every group will have swimmers with a similar swimming ability and they shall not separate more than 3 metres throughout the entirety of the crossing. If swimmers exceed this distance, the faster swimmer(s) should slow down, wait or loop back. If one or more swimmers for any reason are delayed several times, the skipper of the main support vessel, doctor and lead swim support instructor after consultation with each other have the right to remove the swimmer(s) without question. This decision will be made in the interest of the swimmer(s) safety. Depending on the health of the swimmer(s) removed from the water the swim may need to be aborted.

Feeds/Nutrition during the crossing

All feeds/nutrition is the responsibility of each swimmer. It is recommended that substances to be ingested during the crossing have been tested during your training swims and are unlikely to cause any unwanted reaction during your swim crossing. Due to varying currents in Aeolian islands and to ensure the success of the crossing it is advised that feeds are limited to a maximum of 1 minute, this will provide enough time to ingest liquids and/or solids. Swimtrekking advises feeds occur no less than 30 minutes between each stop. 

Medication

All medications (non-narcotic and prescribed) that the swimmer must take during the crossing must be shown and validated by the doctor assigned by Swimtrekking prior to any boats leaving for the start of the swim.

Stimulants

The use of any performance enhancing stimulants is forbidden. This would result in your solo swim, group swim or relay not being recognised if there is evidence of such a breach.

Minimum age limit

Swimmers under 18 years of age before the year of the crossing date are not allowed.

Passports

Each swimmer and any accompanying personal must have their passport with them for the crossing day.

Start and finish of crossing

The crossing must begin after sunrise and must end before 5.30 pm. 

Adverse weather conditions and/or environmental factors

The weather and environment can be unpredictable. The skipper of the main support vessel, after consultation with the lead swim support instructor may cancel the crossing before or during the swim due to adverse weather conditions and/or adverse environmental factors.

Emergency evacuation 

You will hear one long blast on the whistle or fog horn. Although you may feel like you are in your natural element in the water this is not our home. If we need to remove you from the water “get out” straight away. We can discuss the reasons why we have removed you once you are on the safety of a boat. The skipper of the main support vessel or any swim support instructor all have equal final say on this.

Burocratic issues external to Swimtrekking

The swimmer understands that he/she is participating in a crossing that includes the jurisdiction of different countries. Every country has his own rules, therefore any order or mandate of the authorities of those countries may affect the crossing. 

Getting to the Aeolian islands

Ferry: from Palermo and Naples. The ferry company that provide the service between Palermo and the Aeolian islands is Liberty Lines. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are Snav and Siremar ;

Train: from any Italian city your can easily get to Naples and Milazzo;
From Milazzo you can take the ferry to the Aeolian islands. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are Siremar, Liberty Lines, N.G.I;

Plane: you can fly to Catania, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples with: Ryanair, Easyjet, Alitalia, Air Italy, Neos Air, Volotea, Blue Air, Tuifly be, Vueling, Blue-express, Alba Star, Corendon Dutch, Lufthansa, Turkish airlines, Czech Airlines, Air France, Eurowings, Smart Wings, Air Malta, Austrian Airlines, Norwegian Air, Swiss, Iberia, SAS, KLM, Air Dolomiti, British Airways, Brussels Airlines. From Catania airport you can get to Milazzo with public transports (bus). The bus companies that provide this service from Catania to Milazzo are: GiuntabusBus Shuttle Catania MilazzoSAIS Autolinee. From Reggio Calabria airport there is a direct ferry with LibertyLines to the Aeolian islands. Other transfers from different cities in Calabria are available during the summer with tropeamarcomercisavadorifoderaro.3cac854ff5c9bd6303f3123f4f4602d5

Accommodation

We stay at Hotel Rojas, Vulcano for 6 nights. This will be the ideal accommodation were to start and end our expeditions around the Aeolian archipelago. Hotel Rojas has comfortable rooms with terrace or balcony, air-conditioned, satellite TV, safety box, frigobar, hairdryer, telephone and good facilities for a relaxing holiday. The Hotel Rojas, Vulcano is located in the centre town of Vulcan few meters away from the mud baths, and from the main port of the island.

Food

Typical Italian breakfast is served in the hotel each morning from 7:30. Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks and will be served on the boat. We will have 6 dinners in town at “Vincenzino Restaurant”. The kitchen can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.

Temperatures and conditions

October – Average air temperature is 22° Average sea temperature is 22° (degrees Celsius). Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience being in open water.

What to bring

On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you: a waterproof jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat, wool hat, and sun glasses. There several cash points on the island of Vulcano so you don’t need to bring to much money along with you.b138213c610bfbc436490a4ec1fad1bd

Point of interest

Vulcano island

Hike up to the top of the active volcano

This is definitely one of the main attractions in Vulcano. The hike up to top of the active and imposing volcano is something you should plan during your visit to the island. The view of the Aeolian archipelago from the top is extraordinary and is something you will always remember. At the summit, it will be also possible to see the inside of the crater where you can observe the sulphuric gases with smokes of the volcano. This will be a 360° experience into the main elements of this stunning archipelago, sky, water, land, fire.

Valley of Monsters

This attraction is located at the foot of the volcano. This unusual geological terrain was formed due to multiple volcanic eruptions. Unusual stone formations and sandy figures created by the lava are part of the Valley visit together with rare plants and different species if insects. On the volcano slopes, you can find vast vineyards, where it will be possible to organize some interesting visits.V2SA11

 

Spiagge Nere

This is a very popular beach located in the northern part of Vulcano. Spiagge Nere features beautiful picturesque views of the sea and vast black sand beach. The beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, diving and is the best spot to admire epic sunsets. Near it, there is the port where you can embark on a cruise on the lake with healing muds attracting many tourists.

Gelso beach

This is the favorite place for the travelers who prefer to spend their time at calmer and more peaceful beach. Located in the south part of Vulcano where there is a namesake lighthouse that is a popular tourist attraction.

Acque Calde

Another interesting spot is Acque Calde (Porto di Levante) where there are hot springs in its coastal zone. They are very popular for unique treatment procedure and attracts fans of peaceful recreation too.

Mud baths

On the island, there is a open sky wellness center. This is the famous healing mud baths that were used during the Roman Empire. The wellness center offers its clients a good range of services. The water is very warm and can be used any time of the year.

Lipari

Old town

Lipari town was built many years ago (in the V millennium a.C), and his original walls as well as the setting of the town are still visible, especially the Acropolis which is the heart of the old town. The main attraction of the old town is the citadel which hosts a 16th century church of Saint Catherine and also the beautiful altars of the Addolorata which is famous for a 17th century gilded stucco work. A number of artworks including a picture of “Madonna of the Rosary” in the 17th Century and also a silver statue of St. Bartholomew are housed in the cathedral of San Bartolo, that is the patron saint of the Aeolian Islands. The lovers of architecture will find very interesting the building style of the cathedral. The old Lipari town deserves a visit.682a6aea60a8fbbfc8344a27f58174da

Visit the Lipari Antic Museum

The museum in Lipari contains archaeological remains from the following eras: Roman, Greek, Neolithic and Bronze Age.

There is also a section dedicated to volcanology, underwater archaeology and another one for different objects from different parts of the world. The permanent exhibition includes remains from shrines long forgotten, ceramics, rocks, pottery, coffins of ancient kings, and many other items which tell the story of times long gone. The Lipari antic museum is a treasure of history and it is the highlight of any visit to Lipari.

Lipari beaches

Lipari beaches are the best in the entire archipelago. Marina Lunga beach is a very popular and beautiful sandy beach. This a very comfortable area and is especially suitable for families as the waters are quite shallow. Pebble beaches are also very popular in Lipari and it will be easy to find suitable coastal area to swim, relax and sunbathe.

Local attractions and excursions

Aeolian Islands offers a good numbers of interesting and memorable excursions to the smaller islands as:
– climb to the crater of Stromboli volcano (the night excursions are especially exciting);
– climb one of the extinct volcanos such as Monte Sant’Angelo (for lovely views on Lipari);
– trips to the impressive Grotta del Cavallo and the Swimming-Pool of Venus in Vulcano island;
– trips to the “Pumice Cave” in Lipari;
– trips to the Pollara cliffs on the island of Salina,
– trips to Punta del Corvo in Panarea, where you can visit the ruins of a prehistoric village (a similar village can also be seen in Filicudi).

Important information

Approximately daily swimming distance: 5 kilometers.
Crossing day: Vulcano island (Spiagge Nere) to Salina island (Lingua) 16 kilometers.

The program will be supervised by qualified Swimtrekking instructors, boat captain and doctor. All logistics will be organized via the Swimtrekking instructor. Timing and itineraries can be modified according to the sea and weather conditions and may be cancelled.V2SA9

Photography by Adam Butler

For over 20 years Adam Butler has been photographing the Aeolian Islands, and in particular Panarea, the smallest and most elegant of them all, where he lives part of the year. His images have been widely published, exhibited, collected worldwide and also used by Dolce e Gabbana for the packaging of one of their perfumes. His colourful images evokes the very essence of these islands, contrasting their natural volcanic ruggedness with the geometrical perfection of the whitewashed architecture, with sharp shadows and blinding light, and decorated with flowering bougainvilleas, olive trees and cacti. Visit Adam Butler website. 

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