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Eldheimar

The exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, without a doubt one of Iceland´s biggest natural disaster. Visitors get a glimpse into peoples lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again.

The eruption started in the early hours of January 23rd 1973 on the island of Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyjar islands and it lasted for 5 months. Lava and ash destroyed almost 400 homes and businesses, a third of all buildings on Heimaey. While the eruption lasted no one knew if the island would ever be populated again.

Eldheimar

Suðurvegur / Gerðisbraut 10

GPS Points N63° 26' 6.968" W20° 15' 35.509"
Fax

488-2001

Opening period All year

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Kayak & Puffins
Day Tour Provider
  • Illugagata 13
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 861-3090
Volcano ATV
Day Tour Provider
  • Básaskersbryggja 6
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 830-0500
Vestmannaeyjar Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Torfmýravegur
  • 902 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-2363
Lyngfell horse riding - Ása Birgisdóttir
Horse Activities
  • Lyngfell
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 898-1809

Others

Vestmannaeyjar Museum
Museums
  • Ráðhúsatröð
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 488-2040, 892-9286
Vestmannaeyjar Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Safnahúsið við Ráðhúströð
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-3194
Stave Church Westman Islands
Saga & Heritage
  • 481-3555

Others

Subway
Diners
  • Bárustígur 1
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 571-5277
The Puffin
Pubs & Clubs
  • Kirkjuvegur 21
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-3412
Café María
Cafés
  • Skólavegur 1
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-3160
Café Varmó
Restaurants
  • Strandvegur 51
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 866-6286, 481-1674
Slippurinn
Restaurants
  • Strandvegur 76
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 481-1515
900 Grill house
Restaurants
  • Vestmannabraut 23
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • 482-1000

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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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn