The volcanic eruption of Thira that put an end to the thriving Minoan civilization was so cataclysmic, it may have spawned the legend of Atlantis.

The explosion occurred around 3600 years ago, scooping out the once-circular island’s center and west coast, and creating the sea-filled caldera and signature sheer cliffs where Santorini’s townships teeter today. Since then, there have been perhaps a dozen major eruptions.

The volcano is quiet today, though the nearby island of Nea Kameni in the center of the caldera still emits puffs of steam. It’s thanks to the caldera that towns like Oia boast such stunning sunsets, providing a low-lying, obstruction-free observation point as the sun sinks into the sea.

Practical Info

The eruption of 1650 BC occurred on an island that was just north of Nea Kameni island in the caldera. The caldera stretches from Oia in the north, arching around to Cape Akrotiri in the south

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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

3 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Cruise around Santorini to Nea Kameni volcano and the nearby island of Thirasia on a 7-hour excursion! After ogling the Greek island vistas from the water, ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 7-9 hours

From USD $79.06

Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit and Wine Tasting

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Cruise around Santorini to a winery, enjoy free time at Nea Kameni volcano, languish in the hot springs, and watch the sun fade over the island on a sunset ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.41

Santorini Helicopter Flight

Hit new heights on a private Santorini helicopter flight and enjoy incredible aerial views of the stunning Greek island! Ogle sights such as Santorini’s ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $329.42

Private Tour: Santorini Volcano Trip Including Hot Springs

Visit Santorini's Nea Kameni volcano on a day trip and marvel at the views as you gaze from summit to sea! With an expert local guide at your side, travel by ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.73

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Thira Volcano and Hot Springs

While in port in Santorini, take a private shore excursion to explore the active volcano of Thira. Enjoy a boat trip to the volcano and soak up the stunning ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.50

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