The volcanic landscape of Santorini: Enjoy it on a helicopter tour


Santorini is a unique island! Admiring the unique landscape of Santorini on a helicopter tour is a unique activity. Today we take off to discover more details about the volcanic landscape and at the very end of this article we will suggest the best helicopter tours available.

To start with let us give you some trivia about the geological phenomenon of the Santorini caldera. The word caldera derives from the Spanish word caldero meaning cauldron and if you think of it that is what a caldera actually looks like.

The caldera of Santorini is quite impressive! The formation of the rocks, the variant colours, the layers representing different periods of Santorini’s geological history were formatted by the massive volcanic eruption of the 1.600 B.C. Try to imagine the magnitude of this event that changed the route of the island’s history and affected the entire Mediterranean basin.

At the very top of the Santorini caldera little white houses and impressive mansions proudly face this evocative landscape. The villages of Oia, on the north side, the villages of Imerovigli and Firostefani as well as the capital of the island, the city of Fira all seem to be hanging over the imposing caldera. On the south side of the caldera you will admire the village of Akrotiri.

If you think that Santorini’s volcanic beauty ends on the caldera side of the island then wait until you fly over the eastern side. Only from above you can truly see the layers of the volcanic lava as it spread across the eastern part of the island. Especially at the area of the Finikia villages you will see a landscape typical of what is called “a volcanic valley”.

At Santorini Helicopter Tours by Choose Yafy, you will see the private and semi- private options you can book to admire Santorini’s volcanic beauty!