Board your local boat (caique) from the old port of Santorini for a 15-minute trip up to Nea Kameni. En route, admire the volcanic shores with the peculiar shape formations of the black volcanic rocks and the white pumice. After disembarking, a steep and fast-paced 30-minute (3/4-mile) hike on rocky and gravel terrain takes you to the crater of the still active volcano. During your walk up an ascending path, you'll have the opportunity to observe the lava fragments and the volcanic rock formations. Once you've reached the crater you'll have time to relax and enjoy the view of Santorini Island and the amazing cliffs of the caldera. Then you start your descent back to the boat. Finally you'll sail towards the thermal springs of Palea Kameni, with its green sulfur warm waters and temperatures that reach 37° C (98° F). Here you'll have the opportunity to jump off the boat and swim to the springs (weather permitting).
Note: The volcano's hiking area is a very steep lava field with loose rock and uneven terrain. There is no shade; we recommend that you wear appropriate sun protection and footwear. If you wish to swim, please bring your swimsuit, a towel and a change of clothes. The changing facilities on the boat are limited. You must be a strong swimmer as the waters are deep and the current is strong. There are no lifeguards on the boat or the island. The sulfur water may stain your clothes. The sea water is cold; however the springs are very warm. Tour participation is limited. Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun protection. This tour ends at the tender pier and you have a choice of returning to your ship or purchasing a cable car ticket to get to Fira town.
(2 Reviews) 2
Rating Snapshot(2 reviews)
2 of 2(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Volcano Hiking
Review 1 for Volcano Hiking
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:August
Favorite activities:Family oriented
Favorite port:Mykonos, Greece
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:September 3, 2012
We enjoyed this hike up to the top of the Volcano. The Volcano is across the water from Santorini, and at the top, you will have a view of all five Islands. It is a tough hike, and you must have comfortable walking/hiking shoes. We were amazed people were trying to get to the top in flip-slops (not recommended). Our 6-year old, made it to the top, but he was a trooper. There should be an age limit on this hike. After the hike, the boat takes you to a spring for a swim. Note the water is muddy, so don't wear a white bathing suit. At the end, you will be dropped at the old port and will need to take the tram to get up to Santorini. Also we went in August 2012, and it was hot. Be sure to bring water along with you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Share this review:
Review 2 for Volcano Hiking
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Santorini, Greece
I want to go here next:Canada and New England
Date:May 28, 2011
Images for this Review
(click to see full-size image)
(Click anywhere inside this popup to close it)
View of ship and Santorini from the volcano.
This was a great excursion -- very informative about the powerful forces of nature that created this island. The hike itself is pretty strenuous and takes about 40 minutes up paths of fairly loose stones. The views from the summit are worth it. The swim at the second location was not as great. The water where the boat drops anchor is chilly and only gets a little warmer near the shore. It is never "jacuzzi" hot. However, seeing the goats nimbly walking the sheer cliffs above the "beach" is very interesting.