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How to Visit A Volcano, Nea Kameni, Santorini, Greece with photos, pictures of this volcanic island.

Updated on August 22, 2012

A Boat Trip to Visit Santorini's Volcano.

Photograph of boat trip to the volcano island  Nea Kameni
Photograph of boat trip to the volcano island Nea Kameni | Source

Visit Santorini's volcano Nea Kameni.

If you visit the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini it is possible to take a boat trip to the volcano there. You will be able to visit and walk on Nea Kameni in the holiday months; from May to October. It is possible to swim in the mineral rich waters of the caldera from the boat on your day trip to Nea Kameni.


Santorini is one of the most visually dramatic places I have visited on my holidays to Greece.


Here are some photos and details of what it is like to visit Nea Kameni, from Santorini.

The Boat Trips To the Volcano are easy to book.

To visit the volcano you need to book a boat trip, these are arranged from most resorts on the island. A coach will collect you from the resort you are staying in and take you to the port where your boat is waiting to take you for your trip to visit the volcano.

The boats leave for the volcano Nea Kameni from Fira (Old Port) and from Athinios Port. You can book your trip to go on a traditional  (sailing style) boat if you wish. Most of the tours have a commentary on the boat in Greek, English, Spanish and German; some (the smaller boats usually) are only in Greek and English. You will be told how long the boat stops at Nea Kameni for your walk around the volcano. When you get off you boat to take the walk look carefully at it as more than one boat may be there at the same time; notice something memorable about it for when you return to it.

Santorini the Caldera and Nea Kameni the Volcano

 the water of the Caldera, a cruise liner and Nea Kameni, the volcano island.
the water of the Caldera, a cruise liner and Nea Kameni, the volcano island.

Santorini is actually a Caldera (crater) the rim of a still active volcano.

After the explosion of 1628 the crust of volcanic ash that was formed over the hollow center of the island caved in and water filled the Caldera (crater).

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Walking on a Greek Volcano, photo and travel article.

photo of tourists walking on the volcano, Nea Kameni, Santorini, Greece.
photo of tourists walking on the volcano, Nea Kameni, Santorini, Greece. | Source

Nea Kameni, Santorini on a map.

A
nea kameni:
Nea Kameni, Thira 84700, Greece

get directions

Nea Kameni the volcano - you can visit.

Visiting Nea, Santorini's Volcanic Island that you can walk on.

What will visiting Santorini's volcano be like? Very hot, but the place is amazing, like no place you've ever visited. You find yourself thinking I cannot believe it I am actually walking on a volcano. The view across the Caldera is splendid and on the boat you get to see the beauty of the colours of the cliffs formed by the volcanic activity that has taken place there.

Visiting Nea Kameni a volcano that tourist can walk on.

photo view taken from the volcanic island.
photo view taken from the volcanic island. | Source
picture of volcanic rock : Basalt rock
picture of volcanic rock : Basalt rock | Source

Santorini island picture taken from the water of the Caldera

Coloured rocks of the cliff face at Ia as seen from the boat on the volcano visit boat trip. Santorini Island
Coloured rocks of the cliff face at Ia as seen from the boat on the volcano visit boat trip. Santorini Island | Source

views of the coloured rock that are the cliff face.

It is difficult to describe the way the cliff face rock of the Caldera is coloured and the variations of it; this description by Lawrence Durrell in his book The Greek Islands does it more justice than I can. He says

"where has anyone ever seen such colours, seen rock twisted up like barley-sugar, convoluted and coloured so fancifully? They remind one of the oil marbling on the endpapers of Victorian ledgers. Mauve,green,putty,grey,yellow,scarlet,cobalt...every shade of heat from that of pure molten rock to the tones of metamorphic limestone cooling back into white ash."

Which if you look at the photo you can see is a good way of describing the strange and unexpected colours you see in rock of the cliff face while on the boat on the water of the caldera when you visit the volcano at Santorini.

What will you need for your day out?

You will need to plan your day out so that you have enough protection from the sun; plenty of sun cream, a hat something to cover your shoulders,sunglasses. You will also need to wear sensible footwear; some people wear holiday sandals for the walk up the volcano but as the stones beneath your feet are hot and some of the stones are like shale and loose try to wear something more suitable. Freezing a bottle of water the night before your trip and so that you have a cold drink for your walk is a good idea.

Do n't forget to pack your camera as you will want to take photos of your walk up the volcano and of the views you see from it. This trip is probably not a good idea for very small children or anyone who finds walking difficult. The path is quite step and there is no shelter from the sun and being a volcano it is very hot there; well it was when we visited in the summer.

Map Santorini /Therasia Greece.

A
oia greece:
Oía, Ia 84702, Greece

get directions

B
nea kameni:
Nea Kameni, Thira 84700, Greece

get directions

Nea Kameni - the volcano

C
Thira santorini:
Therasia, Greece

get directions

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    • MarkMAllen15 profile image

      MarkMAllen15 

      7 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks for posting.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      Thank you milenaamr I loved the scenery of Santorini and would like to visit it again one day. It would be lovely to watch the sunset across the caldera again.

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      milenaamr 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub. I spent many years in Santorini and I am always happy when I hear that someone had a good time there. This island is unique. It is difficult to describe. You must see it with your eyes and feel it in your heart. Thanks for the article.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      Thank You Rose, the photos were taken on a day trip but the time spent on the volcano was less than two hours - ample in the heat. It is so hot there with no shade. I was on Nea Kameni long enough to walk up the 'pathway' and take photos on the boat trip back you can see the coloured cliff formations at Oia. There is also a chance for the people who want to swim, to swim in the caldera water when the boat stops at a suitable place. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      itakins 

      8 years ago from Irl

      2uesday-

      Wow ,quite incredible-really uplifting colours,just what I need today:)

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      9 years ago

      thank you for reading and leaving a comment donna.

    • donna bamford profile image

      donna bamford 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Great travel article!

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Philent for looking at this hub and also it was nice of you to for leave a comment for me, I am happy that you liked the photos.

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      Philent 

      9 years ago

      I follow the link from Big bros hub. This is lovely; the views were breathtaking.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      9 years ago

      Thank you, the people of the islands I have visited have always made visitors welcome and helped to make our holidays enjoyable.

    • meteoboy profile image

      meteoboy 

      9 years ago from GREECE

      Perfect hub, Very nice pics , I am very happy cos you have pretty good memories from my country.I believe that is a very good guide for the visitors. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Alex Valis 

      9 years ago from Earth

      I must do a link to your hub... I learn how and i will do it. CU. Alexander

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      9 years ago

      Thank you, it was an amazing day out; especially seeing the volcano and the sunset at Oia in one day.

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      Alex Valis 

      9 years ago from Earth

      Great place, great Hub. A must see in everybody lifetime period. Alexander the Macedonian

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