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Explore the Famous Caldera of Santorini Island with a Helicopter Tour!

Updated on July 23, 2016

What is a Caldera?

Caldera is the result of a volcanic eruption where lava forces the grounds to sink, disappearing under the sea. The name, from the Spanish caldero, refers to the shape that the earth takes after such an event. It resembles a huge cauldron as the remaining ground surrounds the sunken parts, now covered by the sea. That’s what the Santorini caldera is; the remains of an island half sunken into the sea...!

Images from Caldera Santorini

Satellite image of Santorini caldera. The large island to the east is Thera, with Aspronisi and Therasia making up the rest of the caldera ring, clockwise. In the centre is the larger Nea Kameni and the smaller Palea Kameni.
Satellite image of Santorini caldera. The large island to the east is Thera, with Aspronisi and Therasia making up the rest of the caldera ring, clockwise. In the centre is the larger Nea Kameni and the smaller Palea Kameni.
Image from airplane showing the Santorini Island, the Volcano (in the middle), Therasia Island (down left) and Aspronisi (down right corner)
Image from airplane showing the Santorini Island, the Volcano (in the middle), Therasia Island (down left) and Aspronisi (down right corner)
Image form Prophetes Elias Mountain, showing the landscape of Santorini with the Caldera on the back.
Image form Prophetes Elias Mountain, showing the landscape of Santorini with the Caldera on the back.
Image from the cliffs of the Caldera showing the formation of the rocks, the variant colours and the layers representing different periods of Santorini’s geological history were formatted by the massive volcanic eruption of the 1.600 B.C.
Image from the cliffs of the Caldera showing the formation of the rocks, the variant colours and the layers representing different periods of Santorini’s geological history were formatted by the massive volcanic eruption of the 1.600 B.C.
Image of the Santorini's Caldera showing the houses built on the edge of the cliffs.
Image of the Santorini's Caldera showing the houses built on the edge of the cliffs.
The volcano of Santorini
The volcano of Santorini
Image of the volcanic rocks of Santorini's Caldera
Image of the volcanic rocks of Santorini's Caldera
The Caldera of Santorini with the volcano on the sunset time
The Caldera of Santorini with the volcano on the sunset time

Santorini Island

A visit to Santorini Island in the Aegean archipelago in Greece is dominated by images of its iconic caldera. This is probably the reason why Santorini became so famous all around the world and its crystal clear from the very first look it deserves all the notoriety. This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind place and its mesmerizing atmosphere will remain etched in your heart for ever.

Why is the caldera of Santorini so unique & famous?

The reasons are so many, ranging from the immeasurable scientific importance of the 1600 BC volcanic eruption and its aftermath, to the alluring beauty of the landscape. The remains of the eruption suggest that the explosion was so violent that the ash-cloud reached as far as Iceland.
As for the Mediterranean Sea, this eruption is considered responsible for the annihilation of the Minoan Civilization in Crete, due to the tsounami caused by the eruption. Today you can see the different layers of underground Santorini. The colours, red, black, white, each suggests the presence of different minerals, making the island a paradise for geologists.
Another reason for the singularity of Santorini’s caldera is the fact that it is inhabited; white, cubic houses that seem to “hang” over the sea, picturesque villages spread across it highest spots. Another main house type of Santorini is the cave houses, carved into the earth to be protected from the winds. The beauty of this earth’s corner is just undisputable.

Did you know?

  • Thera's eruption was four or five times more powerful than Krakatoa (Indonesia, in 1883)
  • The explosion produced colossal tsunamis 40 feet tall and the blast was heard 3,000 miles away.
  • This has been the second biggest eruption on earth in the past 21 thousand years
  • The erruption caused a drop in global temperatures and created strangely colored sunsets for three years
  • Volcanic ash spewed across Asia
  • The latest eruption at Santorini produced a small lava dome and flow in 1950, accompanied by explosive activity.

The History & How the Caldera of Santorini Created

What is the best way to discover the Santorini Caldera?

You will probably stay in one of these cave houses, explore the whitewashed alleys and you will take as many photos as you can. You will celebrate the sunset and you will feel deep in your soul the vibrations of this wondrous place. Staying in the colourful land of Santorini is great but flying above it and especially above the caldera of Santorini with a helicopter tour is simply awe-inspiring!

You will be amazed as you are flying over this unique geological phenomenon, admiring the villages, the colourful layers in the ground, enjoying the sea views and being fascinated by the fact that few people have the chance to marvel at the beauty of Santorini’s caldera from above!

Do not miss the opportunity to live the experience of a helicopter tour in Santorini. It is worth it and you will probably want to do it again; embark on a helicopter and take this magical trip through Santorini’s history, unique beauty and allure.

Flying with a helicopter at sunset time is also a great choice for couples who wish to live a romantic experience; even better, this is the most ideal opportunity for a wedding proposal! Imagine the surprise and the overwhelming feelings as you ask your beloved one to marry you engulfed by the scarlet red of Santorini’s sunset flying above the sea and the majestic caldera.

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