May - September
Rich history, volcanic eruptions, and puffins are what the Westman Islands, or Vestmannaeyjar, are famous for. Come and explore this fascinating archipelago just off Iceland’s south coast on a day tour from Reykjavík.
Your friendly, professional guide will pick you up in the city and drive you through the farmlands of southern Iceland to Landeyjarhöfn Harbour. There, you’ll board a ferry for a quick, half-an-hour trip to the Heimaey, the largest and only inhabited island of the Westman archipelago.
In 1973, the townspeople of Heimaey were awoken in the middle of the night. The volcano which looks over the town had begun to erupt, and lava was pouring towards the settlement. You will start your trip with a visit to the Eldheimar Volcano Museum to learn all about that fateful eruption.
Afterwards, you will take a short hike — which will last approximately 30 minutes — to the top of the volcanic crater, Eldfell. The same volcano that was responsible for the devastating eruption almost 50 years ago. Here, you’ll get a fantastic view of the whole island, as well as the mainland. On a clear day, you might see Surtsey, Iceland’s newest island, formed in a volcanic eruption in 1963.
Once back in town, you´ll have an included lunch at Gott restaurant, which uses only fresh, local ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
Then it is time to explore the south side of the island, with its many caves, cliffs, and farms. You will also go search for the area’s most famous residents: the Atlantic puffins. In the summer, the Westman Islands are home to the largest puffin colony in the world.
If you wish, you can add on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) tour to this day. The boat will take you around the many islands and skerries which surround Heimaey and explore sea caves. Perhaps you will spot more puffins and even whales.
Explore volcanic wonders and take a peek at puffins on this immersive day tour. Book now to secure your spot on this popular excursion.