Nisyros Volcano

Nisyros volcano

Nisyros volcano is a relatively young active volcano. There are signs stating enter the crater at your own risk. When we went, late afternoon,we were the only ones on it. There is a car park and we paid 3 euros each admittance. It is advisable to wear pumps rather than flip flops. I would say we spent around an hour looking around. We saw steam rising from the numerous fumaroles.

see video here

It feels quite strange to stand on the crater and look around at the imposing walls and wonder at the silence. Some areas have a rope around which I guess is fragile to stand on. There is more than one crater. We visited Stefanos but there is also Alexandros and Polyvotis.  The seafloor between Nisyros and Kos and Gyali is in a volcanic and seismic area.


Once we had been and came back towards the car park, there is a café serving drinks, along with toilets and some information on the volcano.

How we got to the Volcano and Nisyros

As you may read on my other pages, we did not go to the volcano as part of a tour. We had a night in Porfyris hotel in Mandraki . Due to the ferry changing its itinerary at the last minute [ dates and times] we weren’t sure how to get to Nisyros from Kos. A lady at the ferry company, on the phone from the UK before we arrived in Kos, told me there is a boat going from Kardamaina in Kos on Sunday morning at 09.30am to Nisyros.

Off shore travel tickets

We found ‘Offshore Travel’ in Kardamaina and bought the tickets one way 8 euros each. The crossing took around one and a half hours. We came back as planned the next evening on Blue Star Nissos Chois ferry to Kalymnos.

It was a unique experience and one I am glad I have done.