The volcano island of Heimaey (Home island) in the Westman Islands archipelago
Explore the nature, culture and history of this breathtaking island community in your own time. Only a 20 minute flight from Reykjavík and walking distance to all areas of interest. A car rental is available at the airport if preferred.
See Eagle Air's summer schedule to Vestmannaeyjar
A must-see is the brand new Vistitor center, Aquarium and Puffin Rescue center by the harbour and worth a visit to learn about the island's wildlife. Meanwhile, Eldheimar museum commemorates the dramatic 1973 volcanic eruption – the most significant event in the island's history.
During summer, you can book a boat tour to the Beluga Whale Sanctuary or you can take a one hour boat tour where you will circle the island of Heimaey. You will see Klettshellir (Cliff cave), where a musical instrument will be played to showcase the cave's stunning acoustics. It is likely to see some whales.
Visitor Center, Aquarium and Puffin Rescue Center
The Visitor Center, Aquarium and Puffin Rescue Center has opened in a brand new facility by the harbor. The visit offers a fascinating insight into Icelandic wildlife, life of puffins, the two Beluga Whales and their new home.
Beluga Whale Sanctuary
Beluga, the Sea Life Trust Whale Sanctuary is the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary and is based in Klettsvík Bay. The bay will be home to the two beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, who will move from Shanghai in China to their new home in late summer 2019. For information and booking, please visit sealifetrust.org
Eldheimar Museum: Your Window to the "Pompeii of the North"
Built at the base of the volcano, the newly-constructed museum is built around one of the homes buried in the early hours of the 1973 eruption. Freed at last from its ashen tomb, the house and the artefacts within showcase island life before the eruption, while the rest of the museum chronicles the successful overnight evacuation of the entire island population ahead of the advancing lava.