Take the tour to see the wonders of the Westman Islands. An excursion which involves a ferry trip and combines history, sightseeing and puffin watching, and when we are back to the mainland, we will see the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are around 16 islands in the south coast of Iceland. Only one of them called Heimaey is inhabited and has a population of around 4300 people. Around those islands there are a number of rocks and skerries making the seabird life very rich and bountiful. The islands are considered to be the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in the world.
We will take a ferry from the south coast to the islands, a trip which takes only 20 minutes. If we are lucky, we will see whales and seals on the way. A volcanic eruption began without warning on the edge of the village on the main island on January 1973 eruptions. We can drive into the crater or have the option of taking a short hiking tour up to the mountain and enjoy the view of the crater and the village. Our guide will tell you his personal experience of being on the island during the clean-up the year after the eruption. Another eruption happened in 1963 in the ocean which created a new island, Surtsey. We will explore and drive around the whole island and visit other interesting sightseeing spots while reviewing the history of the island. One being a visit to Belgua Whales & Puffin Sanctuary. Other interesting spots are Stórhöfði to see the puffins up close, Herjólfsdalur farmhouse ruins, the elephant rock.
In this fishery village we recommend spending some time at a seafood restaurant to taste fresh seafood before leaving the island to the mainland.