The Westman Islands are a group of 15 islands situated off the south coast of Iceland, and are reachable by either ferry or by airplane. On the main island of Heimaey you can explore exhibits from the ‘Pompeii of the North’ excavation site aimed at restoring this tiny fishing village buried in lava and ash from a massive five-month eruption in 1973.

The beautiful islands have magnificent ocean cliffs which are home to thousands of playful puffins, and a marvelous golf course with incredible views. Heimaey is also home to Eldborg volcano, which is still warm to the touch today from an eruption that took place more than 40 years ago.

Iceland is very young, geologically speaking and is still being created before your eyes with ongoing volcanic eruptions. On a boat ride around the island visitors are treated with a view of the newest land, Surtsey Island, also known as ‘The Youngest Place on Earth.’ Surtsey burst from the North Atlantic in a dramatic ocean floor eruption in 1963. In 2008 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Recommended tours in this area


Volcanoes and Glaciers in Iceland

Discover the natural wonders of Iceland, geologically one of the world‘s youngest – and most volcanic—islands.

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

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