Volcano, Santorini Island

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    Visit the Volcano

    by ct-bound Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Santorini itself was formed when the Volcano in the centre of it's crescent shape (the Caldera), erupted. The volcano is still active and accessible by boat trip.

    You can climb a pathway on the volcano island that takes you right up to the crater rim, and still has steam and sulphur escaping from vent holes nearby. Once you get to the Island, access to hike costs yo 1 Eu (not included in your 'Volcano' tour price, so bring it in your pocket).

    Bring a bottle of water and some good walking shoes, as the trail is volcanic scree in many places and would be tricky in flip-flops.

    In my picture, you can see the live vents surrounded by the yellow sulphur build up, just below the rim of the crater.

    Santorini Volcano

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    Volcano tours

    by Saagar Written Sep 9, 2004

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    The islands of Palea and Nea Kameni still shows some volcanic activity and are dormant volcanoes. Sulphur vapors wheeses out here and there, especially on Nea Kameni which saw the latest eruption.

    Tours take you to the smoking craters on top of Nea Kameni and the lukewarm hotsprings in a couple of small bays at Palea as well as Nea Kameni. There you can wallow in the water and mud and get volcanized for a while.

    Some tours only go to the two islands, other tours take in all the caldera harbours, too, such as the regular Thirassia ferryboat, and there are all sorts of combination. What these tours all have in common is a too brief stop on Nea Kameni. When you have just farrived the craters you have to turn back again. Try to organise a trip to the islands by one tour and a return by another. That way you can get much more time out there.

    You will beinnundated by volcano tour information and the numerous options that exist. Pick what seems to suit you best.

    Landing point at Nea Kameni
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    Volcanic rocks

    by Saagar Written Sep 9, 2004

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    Take the time to check out all the different volcanic rocks - they are really interesting. And perhaps the least kitchy souvenir you can bring home from Santorini. Certain places on the caldera side (Bolos below Akrotiri and Ammoudi are accessible points) you can find floating rocks, pumice. Ligt to carry home! Otherwise, much of what you find are cooled lava and perhaps some obsidian, and layers of ashes and so on. Here and there you wil also find volcanic bombs, less spectacular than what it sounds like, simply large glowing rocks that were spewed out of the volcano to land some distance away, and now look a bit out of place strewn around here and there.

    Volcanic rocks near Ammoudi
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    Sails to the Caldera

    by Orkaena Updated May 1, 2004

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    Boats departs every morning in a round trip to the caldera. Hot springs turns the sea yellow and temp grow ups like a bath. The site is impressive and the magma is only 2000 meters underground.
    Magnificent view of the rest of the islands.

    Daphne Craters
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    Palia and Nea Kameni

    by mardaska Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    Palia (old) and Nea (new) Kameni (burned) are two islands in the middle of Santorinis sea. They were formed after several eruptions of the volcano. Actually, they ARE the volcano.
    You can reach the islands by boat. After walking for a half hour or more you will find yourself just on the volcanos crater!!

    On the way to the crater
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    The volcano

    by mardaska Written Nov 13, 2003

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    The volcano of Santorini is responsible for the islands shape and for its famous caldera.
    The eruption of the volcano in 1650 B.C. was one of the largest in the last 10 000 years and it caused the end of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.
    The most recent eruption at Santorini was in 1950

    Santorini
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    Volcano and Thirassia

    by madkitty Written Jul 8, 2003

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    Do spend the day visiting the volcano and Thirassia - by far the most history and beauty of the entire island. Donleys to the little village on Thirassia are only 3euros and a must in the heat.
    For swimming in the hot springs make sure you wear an old costume as the sulphur will stain.

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    Caldera

    by FruitLover Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    One of the most violent volcanos in the world lies at the heart of Santorini. A huge outdoor geological - volcanic park with the largest Caldera in the world, which is 300m tall and 11km wide.

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    CALDERA

    by parsix Updated Feb 26, 2004

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    This is the famous Santorini Caldera, where the was once a vocano. In the center of the basin you will find the island of Therasia and Aspronisi, the result of lava flow.

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  • The famous volcano...

    by gmadmax Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    This is the famous volcano of Santorini!Now its not active but its something that scares you...You can visit volcano if you want but there is not something interesting up there...

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