The Westman Islands is a group of islands located off the mainland’s south coast. The largest island, and the only one habited is Heimaey with a population of 4.400 people. Hunting and fishing are the traditional mainstays of the island's economy as well as tourism in recent years.
We start by driving east from Reykjavik along the main Ring Road. When we reach Seljalandsfoss waterfall we will stop and admire its beauty before we head down to the nearby Landeyjahöfn port, where we catch the ferry to Heimaey island. After only 30 minutes sailing, we dock in Heimaey where we get to learn all about the powerful volcanic eruption in 1973 that forced the locals to flee their beloved island in the dead of night. We see the lava that flowed in the eruption and hike up the towering Eldfell volcano that formed in the eruption.
As well as visiting the places listed below, we visit various locations around the island, absorbing the unique atmosphere of this remarkable island. We might even try to “spranga” a local version of abseiling.
Please note: The Landeyjahöfn port is sometimes closed because of weather or harbour conditions. If this happens the tour will be cancelled and refunded in full.
Our recommended stops:
Eldheimar, interactive exhibition focusing on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Heimaey
The massive lava flow from the 1973 eruption
Eldfell volcano crater
Stafkirkjan Norwegian stave church. This is a replica of the first wooden church to be erected in the Westman Islands and which was built, just before the adoption of Christianity in 1000 AD, by envoys of King Olaf Tryggvason of Norway.
The Elephant rock formation
The Westman Islands
This tour is available both as a RideShare tour and a Private Tour.
Private tour for up to 4 persons: €479 / $549 / £409
RideShare pr. seat: €159 / $189 / £139