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VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)

There are places in Iceland that simply need to be experienced. Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) are fill that group by virtue of their natural beauty, the bounty of their wildlife, particularly birds, and by being historically and geographically one of Iceland´s most distinctive places. The islands are part of a young and still active submarine volcanic system, most of them coming into being 10-20.0000 years ago. The latest in the group, however, Surtsey, south of Heimaey, grew from the sea floor in episodic eruptions from 1963 to 1966.

The famous eruption on Heimaey, the largest and the only inhabited island was, however, even more spectacular. It began in January 1973 and lasted until early July. The cone Eldfell rose, the island became 2,3 km2 larger and block lava flows and ash burned or buried almost 400 buildings. The remains of the eruption are among the island´s most fascinating historical locales.

Heimaey may only be about 13 km2, but that small area contains enough magical scenery and birdlife to delight the visitor for days. There have always been visitors to the islands, but as an industry tourism is recent. It is even possible to put a date to its birth: 1973 after the eruption, when visitors from all over the world came to view the aftermath and remains of the catastrophe. Thirty years later, Eldfell, the new cone, and the cooled and hardened lava flows, have become part of a magnificent environment. Other popular attractions are one of Iceland´s best 18 hole golf courses, deep sea fishing, bird- and whale-watching and hiking: up volcanoes, over lava fields or along the shore. Museums tell the history of the two- and four-legged inhabitants of the land as well as those of the air and the sea through the centuries. Comfortable accommodation is available as well as first class restaurants and coffee houses.

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VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)
GPS Points N63° 26' 30.662" W20° 16' 37.658"
Postal codes

900

Population

4129

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H-Göngur
Tour Operators
  • Flatir 16
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 859-3559
Stave Church Westman Islands
Saga & Heritage
  • 481-3555
Vestmannaeyjar Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Safnahúsið við Ráðhúströð
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-3194
Þekkingarsetur Vestmannaeyja
Tour Operators
  • Strandvegur 50
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-1111
Vestmannaeyjar Museum
Museums
  • Ráðhúsatröð
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 488-2040, 892-9286
Vestmannaeyjar Sport center
Swimming Pools
  • v/Brimhólabraut
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-2401
24seven
Booking Services
  • Faxastígur 9
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 534-4700
Lyngfell horse riding - Ása Birgisdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Lyngfell
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 898-1809
Viking Tours
Tour Operators
  • Suðurgerði 4
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 488-4884
Eyjavespur
Car Rentals
  • Höfðavegur 16
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-1230

Others

Vestmannaeyjar Hostel
Hostels
  • Vestmannabraut 28
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-2900
Vestmannaeyjar Camping Ground
Camping
  • Herjólfsdalur
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 846-9111
Guesthouse Hreiðrið
Guesthouses
  • Faxastígur 33
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-1045, 699-8945
Glamping & Camping
Camping
  • Herjólfsdalur
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 846-9111, 863-4224
Guesthouse Heimir
Guesthouses
  • Heiðarvegur 1
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 846-6500

Others

Café María
Cafés
  • Skólavegur 1
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-3160
The Puffin
Pubs & Clubs
  • Kirkjuvegur 21
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-3412
Subway
Diners
  • Bárustígur 1
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 571-5277
900 Grill house
Restaurants
  • Vestmannabraut 23
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 482-1000
Café Varmó
Restaurants
  • Strandvegur 51
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 866-6286, 481-1674

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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