Two islands in the caldera were formed about 440 years ago, Palea Kameni (Old Burnt Island) and Nea Kameni (Young Burnt Island), and visiting them is one of the most fascinating experiences on Santorini. Charter boats leave Old Fira Port at various times during the day, including sunset tours suitable for those who have walking challenges. If you’re especially fascinated by volcanos and have good walking boots, do the Nea Kameni on-island tour and get a look at the volcanic activity that both formed Santorini and possibly destroyed Atlantis.

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Hot Springs in Santorini

If you’re looking for something different to do- one that is uncommon. Head to the hot springs after climbing the Nea Kameni Volcano. The hike is a brisk one and is not to be taken lightly, be sure to bring water, a hat and sun protection as the temperature can soar in the day time without there being any shade. After hiking over 370 feet, having a 360 view of the volcano, a beautiful full view of Santorini and making it down to the port, you’ll have this urge and eagerness of wanting to jump into the water, right away!!! Board the boat and within 10 minutes you’ll arrive at the hot springs. This is where you can jump off the boat, dive into the sea and swim a third of a mile in cold ocean water and then have it slowly transform into warm water the closer you get to the volcano. This is such a natural phenomenon unlike no other, the springs contain iron and manganese, which is great for the skin. So not only is it rare but it also has its therapeutic benefits, why not try it!

Kalispera Santorini

View of Oia taken across the caldera from the volcanic crater of Nea Kameni. The caldera formed when a volcanic explosion occurred over 3,500 years ago causing a depression in the landscape causing part of the island to be submerged under the Aegean Sea.

Volcanic Hiking: Nea Kameni, Santorini

When the tour guide said, “We are going to hike the volcano,” he meant it—it’s one hundred percent hiking. The path is raw and rough, so no flip flops recommended (although people still do). After many ups and downs, you finally reach the top, and the view is totally worth the workout! The only trouble is, there’s only one way back, so get ready to brave the same path once again.

Like walking on another planet....

A great visit. But go with a guide. Mine was brilliant. The island is home to a number of small volcanic craters, one of which is still active.My first experience climbing a volcano… a dream come true. It’s worth the visit. Hiking this active volcano was one of my favorite parts of Greece! It’s a must-do! The unique landscape with caters, colorful rocks, and interesting plant-life make you feel like you’re walking on another planet. There are active sulfur vents where you can see smoke and smell sulfur, as well as seismometers to measure the motions of the ground. The views of Santorini and the Aegean Sea are stunning!

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