Vestmannaeyjar Islands - Pompeii of the North
Vestmannaeyjar islands, or "Westman Islands" as it translates in English, are a small volcanic archipelago off the south coast of Iceland that came to international attention in 1973 when Icelanders battled to prevent lava from the volcano Mt. Eldfell blocking Heimaey's harbour and devastating a town of 4.000 people.
The eruption created a 700 ft.high mountain that spewed lava and ash destroying almost 400 homes and businesses, a third of all buildings on Heimaey Island. While the eruption lasted no one knew if the island would ever be populated again.
This tour takes you from Reykjavik across the southern lowlands of Iceland to Landeyjahöfn harbour and with a ferry to Vesmannaeyjar Island where a local guide will take you around the main island.
On Heimaey Island you'll visit the puffin nesting area in Stórhöfði promontory and after lunch break, take a fascinating boat tour to view many of the wondrous seabirds that nest in the Cliffs of Heimaey. Returning from the boat tour, you get to enjoy instrumental music in the natural echo of the ocean cave Klettshellir.
The ferry takes you back to the mainland, where our bus is waiting to take you back to Reykjavik.
PRICING & VALIDITY
This tour costs £179 for adults, children 7 to 15 years pay half price and children under 7 go for free
This tour operates from 15 May to 15 September and on a daily basis in June, July & August, in May & September it operates on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. The tour departs at 7:30am and takes around 14 hours.
This tour includes coach travel from Reykjavik, ferry crossing, professional travel guide on the islands, entrance fee to Eldheimar volcano museum & boat tour in Vestmannaeyjar