Westman Islands Tour

Duration: 9.5 hours weekdays / 11 hours Sat & Sun
Location: South Iceland
Season: 1st of June – 10th of September. Closed out dates: July 30st – 4th of August

Departures: Daily departures at 07:35 AM from Harpa music and conference hall. Pick up from accommodation starts at 7:15 AM
Not included: Lunch and refreshments. Drop off to accommodation in Reykjavík. Optional boat tour around the Islands (€ 30)
Price: Adult: 35500 ISK / Children: 2- 14: 50% off / Infants: 0-2 years: free

Being woken up in the middle of the night and told that a devastating lava stream is heading towards your town sounds like a scene from a movie – a Westman Islands movie. This however is exactly what happened to the inhabitants of the Westman Islands in January 1973 when a 1600 meter fissure started spewing lava that ran towards the thriving fishing town in the island Heimaey.

This tour takes you from bus and a ferry from Reykjavík to the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago and via 20 minutes flight back to Reykjavík.

Optional boat tour around the island

The boat circles the island of Heimaey, halting at places of interest where passengers can see various caves, witness the bird life, and possibly observe whales. The trip ends by sailing into Klettshellir (Cliff Cave). A musical instrument is played to showcase the cave’s stunning acoustics, creating a sensational experience. From there we re-enter the harbour.

The boat tour is available during summer, takes approximately 1.5 hours and costs an extra €30. The boat tour can be booked while arriving in Heimaey.

The Westman Islands is rated as #4 top picks in Iceland by the Lonely Planet web edition.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Non guided bus to Landeyjahöfn harbour
  • A ferry to the Westman Islands (included in price)
  • Biggest puffin colony in Iceland
  • Guided sightseeing bus tour of Heimaey Island (English guidance)
  • Eldfell volcano that erupted in 1973
  • Pompei of the north excavation
  • The village of Heimaey Island
  • Sightseeing flight back to Reykjavík
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Photo credit: sakariasinglfsson,quinet