Welcome to Heimaey


The volcanoes that formed Heimaey have come close to destroying the island on several occasions. The most famous eruption in modern times began unexpectedly at 1.45am on 23 January 1973, when a vast fissure burst open, gradually mutating into the volcano Eldfell, and prompting the island’s evacuation. Visitors can see where the lava flow meets the town's houses.


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$269.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Westman Islands Day Tour from Reykjavik with Sightseeing by Bus and Boat

The journey begins once embarked on a comfortable coach at 7:30 am, and you depart from Reykjavík heading down the southern coastline of Iceland. Once arrived at the Landeyjahöfn harbour, you will embark on the Herjólfur ferry, and the 45-minute voyage across the sea to the island of Heimaey begins. Launching from the historic harbour of Heimey at 11:00 am, the 1.5 hour circle boat tour takes you around some of the unique islands that make up Vestmannaeyjar. Along the way, you will see some of the most magnificently colourful ocean caves, the bird cliffs along the lava coastline as well as the impressive natural rock formation known as Elephant Rock. Seabirds and whales are a common sighting, although not guaranteed, and passengers will experience the fantastic acoustics of the Cliff Cave with live music.After a lunch break, you join a guided bus tour at 1:45 pm. Sitting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Westman Islands are home to a unique landscape made up of volcanoes, lava, and windswept cliffs, and this 2 hour long bus tour takes you on a trip to discover it. Along the way, you will learn about the volcanic eruptions that formed this small island, see the ruins of the first settler, stand on the windiest place in Europe and explore the small town of 4500 inhabitants, Vestmannayjabær. After the bus tour you get back on the ferry which takes you back to the mainland, where our bus will be waiting to take you back to Reykjavik.

$79.01 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Westman Islands Heimaey Circle Boat tour

Departing from Heimaey harbour, this guided boat tour starts at 11am. You will sail in a circle around the island of Heimaey, the largest island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, known as Westman Islands in English. When an eruption started unexpectedly in 1973, the main island of Heimaey had to be evacuated as the flowing lava and ash nearly obliterated the small town, giving it the name of "Pompei of the North". You will be able to see the new lava fields, jagged cliffs and sea caves, and the unique rock formation known as Elephant Rock.  The Westman Islands are the home of multiple species of seabirds, and are the site of the largest puffin colony in the world. You will be able to spot some of the local wildlife during the tour, before returning back to the harbour.

$67.04 Cultural & Theme Tours

Westman Islands Sightseeing Bus tour

This tour departs from Heimaey harbour at 1:45pm, and visit all the main points of interest on the island. With an expert guide, explore the ruins of the island's first settlement and see a reconstructed longhouse in the style of the settlers. Then go to the world's largest puffin colony but hundreds of thousands of these interesting seabirds nest on the island every summer. You will also visit the windiest place in Europe in Stórhöfði and you can enjoy the jaw-dropping view of volcanoes and lava fields surrounded by ocean. Learn about how the Westman Islands were formed by frequent volcanic eruptions, with the most recent one having been in 1973 where hundreds of houses were destroyed by lava and the rest was covered by ash. The island grew to be considerably larger with all the new lava from the eruption and a new mountain, Eldfell was formed.

$123.30 Transfers & Ground Transport

Westman Islands Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik

Formed by volcanic eruptions over the past 12,000 years, the 15 islands that make up the Westman Islands archipelago, or Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic, are quite young, in geological terms. With jagged sea cliffs, volcanic craters and world-class restaurants, the main island of Heimaey is a unique place to visit with a variety of activities to choose from.After a pick-up from your hotel at 7:00 am, the journey begins once embarked on a comfortable coach and you depart from Reykjavík heading down the southern coastline of Iceland. Once arrived at the Landeyjahöfn harbour, you will embark on the Herjólfur ferry and the 45-minute voyage across the sea to the island of Heimaey begins. You will arrive in Heimaey at approximately 10:30 am. You can explore the small town, hike one of the local mountains, join a tour or visit a museum - the options are endless.You need to be back at the port at 3:45 pm for the return journey, and upon arrival back in Reykjavik you will be dropped off at your hotel.

$407 Private & Custom Tours

The Westman Islands Private Tour from Reykjavik

VestmannaeyjarThe Westman Islands are a group of 15-18 islands, depending on how they are classed, and about 30 skerries sand rock pillars, located off the mainland’s south coast. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest island is Heimaey, 13.4 km2.Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, and are well vegetated. Bird hunting and egg collecting are traditional to the islanders’ culture.A New Island Emerges- Surtsey On the morning of 14th November, 1963, crew aboard Ísleifur II saw a column of black dust rising from the sea, south-west of Heimaey. An eruption had begun on the seabed which was to last almost four years. By the second day of the eruption the island, Surtsey, was already 10 metres high. When the eruption ended, on 5th June, 1967, the island covered 2,8 square km and reached a height of 170m. Surtsey is protected by law and Icelandic scientists continue to document the colonization of the island by plant and bird life. The Eruption on Heimaey, 1973 The eruption on Heimay began on 23rd January, 1973, just before two o´clock in the morning. A fissure opened on the eastern side of the island, only 300-400 metres from Kirkjubæir, the most easterly houses in the town. The inhabitants of Heimaey were woken by the police and firebrigade as they drove around, raising the alarm with their sirens. People streamed down to the docks. Fortunately the weather had been stormy the day before and most of the island´s fleet of 60-70 fishing boats had stayed in harbour. The boats ferried the town´s people to safety in Þórlákshöfn.We visit the puffins, museums, and possibly walk up to the crater of the  recently-erupted volcano.

$3663.09 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Multi-Day Adventure in Iceland

Discover the uninhabited interior highlands, Europe's last true wilderness, a landscape of stark, desolate and raw beauty. Enjoy cinematic vistas of seemingly infinite gravel plains, glacial rivers and lava fields punctuated by ice caps, volcanoes, and jagged mountains. The tour includes a boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, a monster truck expedition on Langjökull glacier and a visit deep inside one of the world's largest man-made ice caverns. Day 1: The Flybus shuttle takes you to Reykjavík where you spend the first night.Day 2: 9am meet your tour guide and head to the Reykjanes Peninsula. First stop, the famous Blue Lagoon. Later, continue to Grænavatn and explore Krýsuvík. Then travel south and around 5 pm take a ferry ride to the Westman Islands and spend the night.Day 3: Explore the town of Heimaey and its extraordinary island. The afternoon is free to wander around the town before you travel with the ferry to the mainland and a long bus journey takes you to Skaftafell.Day 4: Start with a visit to Jökulsárlón lagoon and enjoy an amphibian boat ride. Later, visit the turf church at Hof. Spend time at Europe’s second largest national park and Europe's largest glacier. Hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss. Overnight in Skaftafell.Day 5: First stop, Fjaðrárglúfur Canyon before heading to the town Vík and the world-famous Reynisfjara shore. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall. End the day at the new Lava Centre. Next two nights in Hveragerði.Day 6: First explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls". Afterward, head into the Icelandic Highlands. The Kerlingarfjöll rhyolite mountain massif is colorful and rich. Spend 2 hours hiking the area. In the evening visit the geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur, "the churn", spouts up to 25 meters every 5-10 min. Overnight in Hveragerði.Day 7: Travel to Þingvellir National Park before heading to Kaldidalur, a gravel mountain road that takes us to Húsafell in West Iceland for a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit the man-made ice tunnel and caves on one of Europe's largest glaciers, Langjökull. Included: 8-wheel drive monster truck expedition on the glacier. Later, visit the magnificent Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. The final stop is at Deildartungahver before reaching Reykjavík in the evening where you will spend the final night.Pre and post nights in Reykjavik Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.