FROM 47,500 ISK
Vestmannaeyjar, or the Westman Islands, is a volcanic island archipelago only a half hour ferry ride from the south coast of Iceland, and just a couple of hours travel from Reykjavík. The natural beauty, wildlife and history will astound everyone who visits this stunning collection of islands. Come with us to explore a true gem of Iceland, one that the locals love to explore themselves.
We start the day with a drive to Landeyjahöfn, as we pass through all the astonishing scenery the south coast of Iceland has to offer, including waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes where we catch the ferry over to the Westman Islands.
The main island, Heimaey, was almost destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1973 resulting in a full town evacuation. We will go to the Eldheimar Museum and learn all about how the eruption destroyed hundreds of homes and lasted for months, making it the “Pompei of the North”. From here you can see the lava and new section of the island that was created in 1973, with the island increasing in size by over 20% from all the new lava.
We will eat lunch at one of the highest rated restaurants in Iceland, and one that matches any in Reykjavík. The food at Slippurinn is seasonal and inspired by what is available locally, giving a modern twist to many of Iceland´s favourite dishes.
The islands are best explored even further by boat. We also include a scenic boat ride that takes you deep inside sea caves, and around the small islands scattered of Heimaey that are otherwise inaccessible. If you are lucky you may even get close to the array of wildlife around the islands, like whales and Puffins. It is amazing to see the islands from this angle. In summer the Westman Islands is one of the best places in Iceland to view Puffins, it is always a delight to see these incredibly cute birds.
This trip is run in summer only, upon request, with a minimum of 4 people per trip.
Operates: Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays in summer with a minimum of 4 passengers
Duration: 12 hours
Pick-Up Time: 7:15 am
Number of people: maximum 12
Minimum age: 8 years old
Level of difficulty: Easy
Price: Adults 47,500 ISK, Youth (8-12 year old) 45,000 ISK
Included: Pickup and drop off in Reykjavík, return ferry to Vestmannaeyjar, an English speaking guide and admission to Eldheimar Museum, lunch and scenic boat tour around the islands.
As with all our trips, be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact us directly.