The Westman Islands 

Introduce your self to the very beautiful Westman Islands

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Come with us on this excellent day tour where we travel by ferry to the serene Westman Islands 

The Islands are totally about 15 and about 30 rocks and peaks. The island farthest to the south is Surtsey, which was formed entirely in an underwater eruption in 1963.

 

 

Surtsey is on Unesco’s World Heritage List since 2008.

This picture is taken on November 30.th 1963, 16 days after the eruption was noticed.

Heimaey is the largest island of the Westman islands, 13,4 square km, and the only one of them that is inhabited. The total population today is about 4.200 souls, making it the 12.th largest populated area in Iceland, but before the eruption in 1973 there were over 5.000 souls living there. 

Gosið í Heimaey

The eruption 

 

 On January 23.rd 1973 an eruption started in Heimaey during middle of the night. Luckily, the fishing fleet was in the harbour so the evacuation could start immediately. The US Army also helped with airplanes and helicopters. Nearly everyone were transported to Reykjavik. Over 60% of all houses in the town were damaged or ruined. Nearly 1/3 of all houses went under lava. During the eruption 11 streets went under lava. The volcano, Eldfell, is now standing tall and the lava from it enlarged the island by 3 square KM. Only one man died from gas poisoning as a result of the eruption. 

The tour: 

Eldheimar

In this magnificent museum we will get to know everything about the eruption of 1973, the only eruption that has occurred in a town in Iceland. This museum is a must see for every tourist that takes this journey to the Westman Islands.

Sæheimar

Are you interested in birds and marine life? Then this is something for you. We get to know everything about Puffins! Who does not love Puffins? We make a stop there and enjoy this fantastic museum.

Sagnheimar

History buff, that is what I am. Love museums like this. Come with me and get to know everything about the saga of the Westman Islands and the people that have lived there for centuries.

We start by driving out of Reykjavik at 7.30 am towards Landeyjahofn, where the ferry awaits us. When we arrive to Heimaey, we start by seeing three museums. Then we stop for lunch and after lunch we do some sightseeing around the island. We take the 6.45 pm boat back and estimate arrival to Reykjavik around 9 pm