Trip to Nysiros Volcano

Kos Excursions

Carol D          10/10

Someone suggested to take a peice of rock from the volcano,,,,,,, DO NOT take a peice of anything from the volcano!!!!!!! I have since learned that it is considered very bad luck to do so, and a friend who comes from Hawiai, told me that from young, they are taught it is disrespectful to do so, and in the entrance of a museum there, there is a glass case full of rocks, stones, even sand, that tourists from all over the world, have posted back to the island! I took some before I knew all this, and my luggage went missing with the rocks in it, my boyfriends luggage arrived safely! I made a promise to reurn the rocks if I could please get my case back, and within the hour, it was located,,,,,,,,,, belive what you will, but my advise is to NOT mess with stuff you don't know about! Mike did tell us in a fun sort of way 'don't wake the sleeping Giant'!!!!!!!!

Angie P          9/10

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 This is such a fab trip! From the boat trip to the walk round the town, to the volcano! Our Olympic guide Costas was brilliant and full of knowledge. The island is a fantastic place and full of history. The village of Emporia where only 14 people live was amazing, but also quite sad. The volcano is very interesting and still steaming and smelly! The crater is huge, but wear sensible shoes cos it's a bit tricky to to get down in the crater. As our trip didn't start till 11.30am we were treated to a glorius sunset from the boat on the way back.....everyone was transfixed. Magical!!

Tim B          10/10

If you decide to do only one excursion whilst in Kos make it Nissyros. This Island is a tiny volcanic spot in the ocean with only 1000 people on it and the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. A 1 hour trip by boat and a scary coach trip ( dont look at the tyres) up the hairpin bends to the caldera of the volcano just to have a look at some smelly holes ! sounds a bit dull but it was AMAZING well worth every Euro. The town is wonderful ...just as you would hope for a greek town. We found a little square under the shade of some trees, had a cold drink and just chilled getting ready for the boat trip back.

Debbie L          8/10

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this trip was good to go and see it but if you have small children maybe a bit boring as you are on a boat for a long time (its a very early start) then straight on a coach to the heart of the volcano, stop for a hour for the rep to tell you all the history, which was interesting. back on the coach then you walk to a church for a bit more history then resturant (the food was not good) then a couple of hours to have a wander around. really pretty, glad i went but wouldnt go again. also on the way back on the boat it is really cold, take a sweatshirt you will need it.

Bill H          10/10

 If you go to Kos you must go to Nisyros.  It involves a short ferry trip from Kardamena, bus journey from the port of Mandraki and approx 45 mins exploring the main crater.  It is dormant, however, don't be put off by this.  There are gurgling noises from below the surface, yellow sulphur patches all over the site, localised hot spots with gas and vapour coming out of the earth.  The views going to and from the crater are breathtaking so remember your camera.  All in all an experience I am very pleased to have encountered.

There is also a monastery and a fort worth visiting, which give great views of the island and Kos.  You will also have time to explore Mandraki where there are lots of cafes and shops.
One important thing to remember - I was advised by Theokritis Travel to wear "good shoes".  Flip flops are not recommended!
I arrived back in Tingaki by 5pm which was ample time to prepare for the evening activities.

Anne K          10/10

We visited Nysiros in September last year while staying in Kefalos. We took a day trip to the island which
was fantastic, volcano well worth a visit. We drove around in hire car and went up to the small village of Nikya which is perched on top of the mountain. Beautiful place where we had a lovely meal. Will def go back.

Chris B           

Dong!!! the most amazing place on earth natural sauna in the rocks! breathtaking views and amazing little villages, a must see place! cant wait to return

John Z           

just have to go,doesnt look like much from the top,but once your inside,its amazing

Jill K           

Had a lovely boat trip to island ,a beautifull island,and volcano quite amazing,still smoking and bubbling away,nice monestry,that we didnt find untill later so didnt have time to walk to it, but told it is worth seeing.A lovely place to go for a few days if you want to get away from it all.

Paul T           

click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlargeThis is a great excursion, the crater in the volcano doesn't look much from above but is very impressive once you get down into it with bubbling mud and hot springs dotted about and some interesting geological formations. You get about 45 mins in the crater which is plenty of time to have a wander around then it's back to Mandraki where you get the rest of the day to explore, Mandraki is picture postcard Greece with it's narrow winding streets and waterfront tavernas, watch out for the Greek lady with the Australian accent at Mike's Taverna, very bizarre listening to her speak!
After reading some of the reviews on here I thought the coach journey up to and into the volcano itself was a little tame, the coach trip to the Samaria Gorge on Crete - now that's scary!
We went with Theokritos Travel in Tingaki and they were absolutely faultless, very prompt, friendly and professional and great value for money.

Danielle L           

Just like A Walker (see below) we did the guided tour with Libra holidays and Mike was our guide too. Was amazing. Mike was attentive, very informative, helpful, organised, pleasant and the island itself was beautiful. Very interesting place. Just make sure you wear good shoes, you can't go in the crater in flip-flops, they'll melt. Unforgetable. 

Ali J           

What can i say, im not a 'tourist' who does all the trips but this one was the best ever.

A fantastic boat trip to a gorgeous little island where i had the best Kalamari ever !
The winding little streets are amazing with tiny little shops and idyllic tavernas along the sea front.
The volcano was amazing - we went right into the crater and it was just unbelievable.
Smell wasnt the best but the experience will stay with me forever.

Nicki G           

Well worth a visit!

We booked it through our first choice rep at our hotel and found the whole day a very well organised, interesting experience.
You have time to look around the town on Nysiros (your typical greek town - beautiful winding, narrow streets, good selection of tavernas to get a snack or a drink) and if you get a chance walk up to the monestary - even if you don't go inside, the views from the top of the hill give you an excellent photo opportunity!
Then it's into the volcano. The tour guide was very informative about the island, as well as the volcano itself. A bus takes you up one side of the volcano then drop down inside the crater on very narrow windy roads so if you don't like heights it may be a good idea to shut your eyes!
Once inside the main crater you have chance to have chance to look around and actually go inside the smaller, active craters and see things like boiling mud and steam vents.
It does get extremely hot down down there though as there is no wind and with the sulphur gases it is a very smelly experience!  But nevertheless one well worth having!

A W           

Booked through our libra rep who use Kardamena travel. We took the more expensive guided option and we really glad we did.The unguided is basically just a coach from your hotel and the ferry - then you have to buy another ticket for the volcano when yo get there.

On our tour the guide - Mike - was a english guy living on nissyros who gave us a full tour of the island avoiding all the other coaches - and what he doesn't know about Nissyros and this part of greece probably isn't worth knowing.
An excellent day out but the ferry crossing was a bit choppy

Ben M           

Nissyros is amazing, the Volcanoe, the island, the villages are all beautiful and definately worth a visit!!

However if you are staying is Lambi beware of where you buy you're trip. We stayed in Hotel Atlantis which is amazing and decided to book to trip to Nissyros through a very nice travel agent next to the Petrol Station on the main road in Lambi. The trip was fine until we tried to get back on the ferry back to Kos and were told we had been sold one way tickets by the travel agent/rip off merchant.
Take the trip to Nissyros as it was one of the most beautiful places and experiences, but beware of who/where you buy.


The volcano was brill and i really reccommend going the town is lovely, very scenic and unspoilt!beware though if you get scared of hights, the coach to the volcano travels up a steep road(VERY NARROW) so close your eyes!!!!!!but yeah this was well worth doing, it really is something different Dont book through the tour operator we saved 2/3 by booking at kos harbour and my son went free, 15year old daughter was classed as a child.

Lionel W           

We went in mid May 2006 with Sail Away Travel in Kardamena. The boat was a good size and clean and comfortable. Nysiros is a lovely green island, and the village was really great, with narrow streets. There is a good selection of places to eat. The volcano was really strange, a bit like walking on the surface of the moon, but much, much hotter. Than God for the snack bar nearby. Interestingly, despite the fact that there is no vegetation in the crater itself, there were thousands of crickets and butterflies. This is a must do trip for anyone visiting Kos, but wear shoes wiyhthickish soles. 

Elisabeth H           

My family went on this trip with theokritos travel in tingaki, our journey was really comfortable and our guide Annie was a fountain of knowledge. We all had a fantasic time and would love to go back. Well worth the money


Amazing and breathtaking, a nice boat trip to the island then onto a bus up around all the narrow roads (quite scary) but wen u see the view youl be amazed. You can walk down into the volcano, dont 4get ur camera and they sell postcards of the volcano too, totaly recommend this excursion, how many ppl do u know has been in a volcano?!

Pete S           

We've been on loads of excursions over the years, but Nysiros is my all-time favourite.  The boat trip is neither too long or too short and when you get there you discover the loveliest unspoilt island imaginable.  The coach trip into (and I do mean into) the volcano is brilliant -- jaw-dropping vertical views, tiny winding roads, and when you reach the top you drive down into the rim of the volcano.  After the bus parks, you walk down right on to the crust of the cauldera.  Absolutely fascinating.  Don't miss walking through the village of Mandraki (where the ferry port is).  It's like stepping back in time -- wonderful.

Julie G           

I was not looking foward to this excursion, i have no interest in Volcanos but it was well worth it. We booked with Kardemena travel and unlike other tours ours had everything included. Our guide was Mike and he was great, he lived on Nysiros and in my book he is a saint coz he rescued a puppy, if you meet him ask him about Rupert.
Nysiros is a beautiful, unspoilt island and i would recommed you dont miss it.

Alex G           

The coach trip gave a nice view of the Island even if on a few dodgy mountain top roads.  I wish we would have had longer in the crater itself, we only got 30-35 mins there which didnt leave enough time to walk around the crater.  Then we had to go back to the coach, just to spend the rest of the trip in the little town (which is very nice).  The crater was good with the water in the holes bubbling, just be carefull where you stand, the floor can be quite hot and I only had flip flops on.  The crater stinks of rotten eggs from the sulpher but overall well worth it.

Vidur K           

It was very exciting .I am 7 years old and I managed to climb down and up .It was interesting to see the hot air coming out of the holes.The boat ride took a hour and a half.


click to enlargeAbsolutely fantastic. What a great day. The boat trip was very quick (about an hour) and there was always something to look at. The bus ride to the volcano crater is abit hair-raising (very steep cliffs and winding roads) but the drivers have done it a million times before.

The walk down to the crater is quite steep (take some sensible shoes) but it's well worth it. You can feel the ground bubbling under your feet and you can really smell the sulphur as it pours out of the massive holes in the ground. You can tell why so many film crews have used this place as the setting for an alien landscape - it does feel and look like a completely different world.
If you're into natural phenomena's then this is well worth a visit. Enjoy!! 

Sam D           

Booked it through Olympic, great day. The little village at the top of nysiros is like the one in the olivio adverts! kostas the gide was brilliant, very informative, always keeping you in the shade where possible, not pushy in any way. Volcano was cool, stank of sulphur though! thoroughly enjoyed it, once in a lifetime.