Cruise ships on a walk to Santorini Volcano, Cyclades Islands
Cruise ships on a walk to Santorini Volcano, Cyclades Islands

Santorini Volcano

Free admission
Santorini, 847 00

The basics

Nea Kameni is sometimes called the "Santorini Volcano." The island's rocky crater continues to rumble and puff out steam. Boat tours depart from the town of Oia, the Old Port of Fira, or the Athinios Port on Santorini's main island. Once on the island, you can hike up to the crater's rim and take in the views across lava fields to Greece's Aegean Sea. 

Volcano tours may also stop on Thirasia, the second-largest island in the archipelago, and at the volcano's hot springs on Palea Kameni, where boats moor at Erinia and you can swim to the springs beneath the tiny church of Agios Nikolaos. Santorini volcano and hot springs tours get big crowds in high season, so opt for a small-group guided tour or catamaran tour if you would prefer a more personal experience.

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Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
$27.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Must do in Santorini.
Jumping off the boat into the cold Caldera and then swimming to the springs was my favorite part of the trip! So rejuvenating! The actual boat ride was beautiful, I could have stayed out there all day!
Michelle_P, Nov 2023

Things to know before you go

  • If you plan to walk to the crater's rim, be sure to wear hiking-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

  • Don't forget a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water to guard against the Mediterranean heat.

  • Please note that boat tour passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark boats, so travelers with limited mobility should confirm accessibility before booking.

  • Visiting the volcano requires about 30 minutes of uphill hiking, so may not be suitable for young children or those who are not strong walkers.

  • Some believe the volcanic eruption may have spawned the legend of Atlantis.

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How to get there

You can reach the volcanic activity on Nea Kameni by boat on a private tour or a larger group cruise departing from Santorini.

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When to get there

Santorini volcano tours are most crowded in summer, when it can also be uncomfortably hot during the peak hours of the day. Opt for an early morning or late afternoon departure, or plan your visit for the spring or fall.

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Santorini sunsets

Santorini boasts gorgeous sunsets, and the archipelago has the Thira volcano to thank. Its cataclysmic eruption scooped out the once-circular island’s center and west coast, creating the sea-filled caldera ringed by the sheer cliffs of the Santorini archipelago’s main island. Today the caldera provides a low-lying, obstruction-free observation point along Santorini’s west coast, perfect for watching the sun sink into the sea. Consider booking a romantic sunset tour by boat in the late afternoon to savor this famous sunset.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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