Welcome to Vestmannaeyjar

Heimaey is the only inhabited island. Its little town and sheltered harbour lie between dramatic klettur (escarpments) and two ominous volcanoes – blood-red Eldfell and conical Helgafell. These days Heimaey is famous for its puffins (around 10 million birds come here to breed); Þjóðhátíð, Iceland’s biggest outdoor festival, held in August; and its state-of-the-art volcano museum.

Top experiences in Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar activities

$80.18 Day Trips & Excursions

Reynisfjara and Sólheimajökull Glacier from Reykjavik

Meet your guide at Reykjavík Terminal and hop aboard your bus for the journey out to the North Atlantic coast. With an on-board audio guide available in 10 languages, gain insight into Iceland’s fascinating geology. Travel through the lava fields in Hengill — home to the mighty Hekla and Eyjafjalljökull volcanoes — to the shoreline, and gaze out to the islands of Vestmannaeyjar. Stop at top natural attractions including the village of Vík to famous waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and watch as the mighty torrents cascade down the rock face. Then, return in comfort to Reykjavik where your tour will come to an end.

$75.61 Day Trips & Excursions

Vestmannaeyjar Puffin and Volcano Tour Including Admission Fee

Departure is from our office at the harbour in Vestmannaeyjar!This popular puffin and volcano tour takes you through numerous Icelandic sights, from natural beauty to historical relevance. On this tour, learn about the history and local culture of this island nation, visit unique natural sights, and spend time in a puffin colony. Drive  to Stórhöfði, the windiest place in Europe, and home to the largest puffin colony in Iceland. You'll also visit Herjólfsdalur and its volcano and famous elephant rock. Finally, you'll meet one of our famous puffin, a live puffin! Top Spots  • Sprangan – where you can see your guide do the islander local acrobatic • Stórhöfði – the windiest place in Europe with loads of puffins and other seabirds • Eldfell – you will be in the middle of a volcano • Elephant rock – you will see the famous elephant rock • Herjólfsdalur -you will see the ruins of the farmhouse of the first settler of Westman islands • Beluga whale & puffin sanctuary – you will get a exclusive meet and greet with a puffin NOTE: Please consider that all trips are depending on weather conditions and wildlife sighting cannot be guaranteed.

$320.75 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

45-Minute Volcanoes, Highlands and Glaciers Sightseeing Flight from Bakki Airport

Experience the spectacular views and natural wonders of Iceland from the sky, on this small-group flight tour departing from Bakki Airport at 10am, 12pm, or 2pm. You’ll step aboard a fixed-wing small aircraft for your 45-minute adventure soaring over the volcanic landscape, glaciers, and vibrant colors of the country’s highlands, beginning from the southern coast, close to Vestmannaeyjar islands and Landeyjahöfn. You’ll get a glimpse of Thorsmörk Mountain Valley, a ridge named after the Norse god Thor, and marvel at how the river Krossá winds between the peaks. Photographers will want to get their cameras ready as the flight travels past some of the country’s most famed sights, including Eyjafjalla Glacier covering the caldera of an active volcano that erupted in 2010, stopping all European air traffic. From the air, you’ll see remote areas of Iceland that are not accessible by roads, and are popular with trekkers and horseback riders. You’ll marvel at the technicolor landscape of Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands, which is known for its geothermal hot springs, the rugged terrain of Jökulgil Canyon, and famed Laugavegur hiking trail. After taking in the majesty of Iceland, you tour will return to the Bakki Airport. This tour also offers alternate departures at 8am and 5pm.

$257.30 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

20-Minute Vestmannaeyjar Islands Sightseeing Flight from South Iceland

Choose between a morning or afternoon departure, and make your way to Bakki Airport in South Iceland. Prior to your tour, you will meet your pilot who will explain the flight plan. As you take off you will see one of Iceland's black sand beaches, Landeyjafjara, reaching as far west and east as the eye can see. In just a few minutes the aircraft is out over the open sea, flying towards the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman) islands. With a good eye you might be able to see isolated farms and birdlife on islands around Heimaey, the main island in this cluster. It may be difficult to believe from above, because it looks so small but there is a town with a population around 4,300 people is located on Heimaey. Surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, cliffs and islands, the people of Vestmannaeyjar have a history of fishing which plays a big part of the culture of Iceland. In the distance you will see Surtsey, an island which emerged out of the ocean during a volcanic eruption under sea level. After your 20 minute island sightseeing experience, you will land back in Bakki Airport on the mainland, where you will be able to chat and get more information from the pilot and staff about the sights you saw, any questions you might have and then set off to enjoy the rest of your day after a short, but totally unique experience.

$75.61 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.

$171.83 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

2 hour Round Trip in Vestmannaeyjar on a RIB Boat

Passengers should arrive at our office at the harbor 30 minutes before their booked trip starts so they get their gear. We provide every passenger with protective clothing; float suit and life jacket. We have equipment for children from up to one years old. The float suit is warm, however we recommend you to bring a hat and gloves. It is also best to wear sneakers or hiking shoes on the trip – we don’t recommend high heels or sandals.We sail by the islands and sherries in Vestmannaeyjar and inform you about their rock formations, history and sagas from them. You will get historical facts and get to know the wildlife, puffins, auks, fulmars, seaguls, eiders, gannets and even seals and whales. We’ll see the largest rock formated auk's head in the world, the cannon ball from the Turkish abduction in 1627 and the largest elephant head in the world in Dalfjall. We’ll also visit everal sea caves and in Súlnasker we might even try to sail through the island. The sea cave are amont others  Klettshellir, which is mostly known for its perfect acoustics and Kafhellir in the island Hæna. Súlnasker is inhabited by thousands of birds among them puffin, black bird, seagulls, fulmar, sea ravens and eider. But of course the queen of the island is the gannet and the name of the island stems from her Gannet skerry (IS: Súlnasker). A lot of killer whales swim around the island, mostly in June and its amazing to see the gannets dive for fish in between the whales.We do not recommend you to go on a trip if you have back problems or are pregnant as the boat is riding on waves and it can be bouncy. The trips can be dependent on weather and if it is really windy we do not sail, and you wouldn't want to sail either. We will try to find then another time in collaboration with you or repay you in case that is not possilble. We are truly looking forward for having a blast with you.

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