The Santorini Volcano is located in the National Geological Park of Nea Kameni, the central island in Santorini, Greece. It is in fact the newest island that has emerged only 50 years ago from the Aegian Sea, due to movements of the tectonic plates. How amazing is that?! This park is also a World Heritage cite of geological monuments.
It is in this islet of Nea Kameni where this active-but-dormant volcano sleeps. Taking a day boat tour around and in this island costs 26 Euros, and it is an experience above and beyond what words can describe.
For me this was a particularly personal experience because growing up in Mexcio, walking my way to school I watched the Volcano of Colima slowly fumigating away. The volcano of Santorini was a reminder of the wonder of our earth that doesn’t cease to surprise me not only horizontally but also vertically!
The boats leave from the old port and the way to get there can by by foot or for 6 Euros each way you may take the teleferic (cable car).
The way downhill is not difficult, if you are moderately fit like I am. The views are spectacular and you can experience the feel of ancient island village town.
After the boat ride you may choose to take the teleferic (or cable car) back to Fira. The cost is 6 Euros and the views are quite nice. It’s also very fast (about 5 minutes vs a 30 min+ hike up those 588 numbered steps).
Our boat docked near the entry point to the park – the cost was 2.50Euros to get inside. The hike to the top was moderately heavy and it took about 20 minutes just to get to the top.
It was not obvious which of the valleys was the main crater, but looking carefully everyone knew which is the active due to the steaming smoke, also the natural smell of sulphur (or something alike).
There were several machines possibly measuring the emissions and earth tremors. Very interesting I must say and am I ever glad that someone is keeping an eye on this dangerous mountain!
The history of this place is quite amazing, with the most recent eruption in 1950. These photos show the latest lava produced and the chemical reactions that hold things in place.
As it turns out, Santorini volcano is the only active and inhabited volcano in the world! It is closely monitored and quite safe to visit. If there was to be an eruption, it would present itself firstly by tremors and earthquakes long before exploding – as it happened in previous times.
* All of the factual information presented in this blog is from locally presented brochures and Wikipedia online. All else is shared experiences. 🙂
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