This tour takes you from Reykjavík to the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago
Explore the nature, culture and history of this breathtaking island community in your own time. Upon arrival your rental car will be waiting, and our staff at the airport can inform you about directions and what to see and do during your stay.
A must-see is the Eldheimar museum, which commemorates the dramatic 1973 volcanic eruption – the most significant event in the island´s history. Meanwhile, the Sæheimar Aquarium is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the country, offering a fascinating insight into icelandic wildlife.
The island offers stunning views and chances to explore, including Helgafell volcano. Or you can just relax and enjoy number of good restaurants on the island.
During summer, you can book a boat tour around the island for an hour. You will circle the island of Heimaey, stopping briefly at places of interest where passengers can see various caves, witness the bird life, and are likely to see some whales. You will sail into Klettshellir (Cliff Cave), where a musical instrument is played to showcase the cave´s stunning acoustics.
After a good 9 hour stop in the island you´ll check in for the short flight back to Reykjavík.
The museum was opened in 1964 and is the oldest one of its kind in the country. The aquarium building holds three exhibit areas: the fish tanks, the bird exhibit, and the mineral exhibit. The fish tanks contain twelve large sea tanks with a variety of live fish and other sea creatures. The bird exhibit contains a large number of mounted birds, nearly a full display of all the birds commonly found in Iceland, and the mineral exhibit contains a magnificent array of crystals and other minerals.
Eldheimar, a museum of remembrance
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.
- Return flight to the Westman Islands
- Rental car: VW Polo or similar with unlimited mileage and insurances (CDW)