Information about Vestmannaeyjar

 

The Westman Islands have the largest nest of Puffins in the world and you may see many whales around the island. Heimaey is the only one that is inhabited.

In 1973 the islands gained international attention with the eruption of Eldfell volcano in Heimaey, which destroyed many buildings, and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to the mainland. In an eruption at the seafloor in 1963 a new island was formed, Surtsey. 

The ferry Herjolfur sails to the Westman Islands from the town of Thorlakshofn, on the south shore of Iceland and from Landeyjahofn harbour. The latter is located south of the small town of Hvolsvollur. The harbour was built in 2010 and remains at an experimental stage, its future useage as of yet unclear. Fares are lower on this route and the route itself is faster, as a one way trip from the harbour takes about 30 minutes, but this is entirely dependant on favourable weather- and harbour conditions. Otherwise the Thorlakshofn harbour will be used. There are also flights to the islands.

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Attractions nearby Vestmannaeyjar

Heimaey

  Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, south of the mainland, and the only inhabited one, with a population of around 4000 people. T...

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Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock is a natural rock formation on the Westman Islands archipelago, located approximately 7.4 kilometres off Iceland's south coast.&nb...

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Eldfell

  Eldfell ('Mountain of Fire') is a composite volcano cone in Heimaey in the Westman Islands. It is just over 200 meters high. The vol...

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Surtsey

Surtsey is a volcanic island, part of the Westman Islands and formed by an underwater volcanic eruption in 1963.  Surtsey was declared a na...

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Gljufrabui

Gljúfrabúi ("Canyon Dweller“) is a beautiful waterfall located at Hamragarðar in South Iceland, close to its bette...

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Seljalandsfoss

  Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country. Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cas...

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Akurey

  Akurey is a small island in Kollafjordur bay, off the shore of Reykjavik. There is plenty of birdlife in the island as many puffins nest the...

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Fljótshlíð

  Fljotshlid is a beautiful farming district in southern Iceland. It is one of the main sites for Njal's Saga, a masterpiece of the saga lit...

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Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur is a small town of 950 people in south Iceland, conveniently located by the ring road. The local airport has flights to the Westman I...

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Eyjafjallajökull

  The glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) is located at the borders of the South Icelandic highlands. It featured prominently in world ...

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Skógafoss

  Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters...

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Skriðuklaustur

Skriduklaustur is a culture and learning institute in the valley of Fljotsdalur in East Iceland. It is a historical site and home to the Gunnar instit...

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Skógar

Skogar, in South Iceland, is a popular destination for travelers. It has a population of about 20 people, features a regional museum and and is close ...

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Gígjökull

Gigjokull is one of two glacier outlets from the glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the other being Steinholtsjokull. The 2010 Eyjafjallajokull erupt...

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South Shore

From Reykjanesta and the next 100 km onwards, the south shore is characterized by lava formations constantly battered by the wild ocean waves (‘...

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Stakkholtsgjá

  Stakkholtsgja is an up to 100 meters deep and  2 kilometers long canyon in South Iceland. The canyon is located near the entrance to Tho...

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Miðás Breeding Farm

Midas is a horse farm near Hella in South Iceland. The farm is run by farmers Asta Begga Olafsdottir and Gisli Sveinsson. It features a stable, a r...

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Þórsmörk

Nestled between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindfjallajökull is Þórsmörk (Thor's V...

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Hella

Hella is a small town of around 781 people (as of 2011), located in South Iceland, around 94 km from the capital. It is an important regional centre&n...

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Sólheimasandur

Solheimasandur is a vast area of sand and gravel along the south coast of Iceland, between the cliffs of the interior and the modern shoreline. It was...

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Tours near Vestmannaeyjar

Eyjafjallajökull Super Jeep Tour

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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Westman Islands, Puffin Tour & Whale Watching

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South Coast and Northern Lights | Audio guided in 10 languages

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Skaftafell Flight and Local Guide Glacier Experience

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Vestmannaeyjar Transfer Flight & RIB Safari Boat Tour

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2 Hour RIB Boat Tour of Vestmannaeyjar

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Eyjafjallajökull & Northern lights hunt

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Private Superjeep Tour | Tailored to your Interests

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South Coast Minibus Tour | Options to go Glacier Hiking and Snowmobiling

Visit the wonders along the South Coast of Iceland, on this excellent day tour. This trip should......

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