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About Heimaey

Starkly beautiful Heimaey, with its towering puffin-covered cliffs, is the largest and the only inhabited of the Westman Islands off Iceland's southern coast. It's best known for the 1973 volcanic eruption, which nearly destroyed its town and harbour.

For 6 months, the Eldfell volcano erupted and subjected the island to massive lava flows, enlarging the island by almost 1 square mile. Today you can walk on the new lava fields and explore the two-storey-high, steeply sloping lava flow that swallowed up the eastern end of town. Signs map out the original street plan 16 metres underfoot!

Heimaey has a Natural History Museum with fascinating displays and a round of golf here couldn't be more scenic. The seas are swarming with whales and dolphins, and as well as the comical Puffins, there are scores of bird species inhabiting the volcanic cliffs.

 

Shore excursions in Heimaey

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