The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 18: Volcanic Nisyros

Join Thor and me on a day trip from Kos to hike the steaming caldera of the still-active volcano on the nearby island Nisyros. It’s hot!

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Since my novel-in-progress involves more earthquake and volcanic instability in near-future Greece, I needed boots on the ground to describe the desolate landscape of a caldera. (Yes, boots: Visitors are advised to wear sturdy footwear, not sandals, as the ground is still hot and unstable.) Nisyros is part of the Aegean volcanic line that also passes through famous Santorini, which we visited the previous year. So Thor and I headed for an excursion boat leaving from the south coast port of Kardamena. I took it as a good omen when I spotted this cafe along the harbor, honoring the ancient Minoan who is the ancestor of my heroine Ariadne:

The only practical way to get to Nisyros and see the caldera was to sign up for a tour group, so we set off in a boat full of other tourists speaking various languages….

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 18: Volcanic Nisyros — 7 Comments

  1. I’ve wanted to take a helicopter ride over the Mt St Helens crater for a long time now. I wonder if the “floor” of the crater is hot. It does still steam and the dome inside the crater grows a bit every year. It should be hot.

    • Yes, I’d love to do that,too. I hope you take photos for us all! I heard the volcano explode when I was out bicycling in Bellingham,WA, though luckily the ash blew in a different direction. Did you hear it?

    • It’s not as good as a helicopter tour, but there’s a narrow winding road in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington state that takes you to a scenic overlook with an excellent view of Mount St. Helens and the damaged landscape that still surrounds it. We were up there a few years ago and happened onto a ranger giving a presentation about the eruption. Very worthwhile, but make sure you’ve got a driver who isn’t made nervous by narrow, winding roads — it’s 17 miles after you get off one of the bigger roads through the forest.

  2. It is hard to tell from these pictures how steep and terrifying the mountain roads are in Greece. This time we took a tour bus and they go around the hairpin turns pretty fast. I tried to look at the scenery but most of the time my eyes were squeezed shut.