Tour excursion to the Santorini volcano
What are you going to find in this article?
From the ports of Fira to Athinios You can visit the islands of the caldera on a sailing boat. The full tour lasts 3 hours, costs 20 euros andIncludes visit to the island of Nea Kameni, where the active volcano is located, and a swim in the sea in a coastal area of sulphurous hot waters.
If you are going to take the boat in Fira, we must bear in mind that You can access the port in three ways: butter, walking or in cableway. If you have time, go down, since the view during the descent is spectacular.
The uninhabited Island of Nea Kameni (Nueva Quemada), located in the center of the volcanic caldera, houses the «National Geological Natural Park of Nea Kameni» which is located on the active volcano of Santorini. The entrance to the Park costs 2 euros. The island is devoid of vegetation.
El aup to the same summit is done walking and lasts 20-30 minutes. There is no crater, there are only some small hot depressions that contain sulfur and gypsum crystals from which sulfur odor smoke comes out (fumaroles). This island has been formed by successive volcanic eruptions the last of which took place in 1950.
At this time the volcano is in a state of tranquility a few kilometers below the island. The only thing that testifies its existence are the fumaroles of hot gases that can be seen in the summit of the island and some coastal areas of sulphurous hot waters.
Tips on the excursion to the volcano
Since it includes both a walk around the volcano and baths in the hot springs near the volcano, do not forget carry on one side, flip flops, and on the other, sneakers for the ride.
It is very important that bring also water, given the heat that usually does. As for bathing in the hot springs, usually leave quite destroyed the clothes you use for the bathroom. This does not mean that the bathroom is harmful, far from it, but given the sulfur that the waters possess, bathing clothes do not usually come off well.
Where to book or rent the volcano trip?
If you want to book the excursion, you can do it, either in the same ports Athinios o Fira, or in almost any of the accommodations and car reservations offices of the whole island, since they already have agreed with the boats the excursions and sell the tickets. And very important: without any commission, the tickets for the excursion in the ports will cost you the same as in the lodgings.
There is a extension of this excursion, which brings you to visit the island of Thirasia and later, it takes you up Oia to view sunset, it costs about 40 €. From here we advise you to go to Oia on your own, since you are going to enjoy it much more.