Exhilarating 1-Hour ATV Volcano Tour in Vestmannaeyjar

On a blue-sky day, ATV riders on a black sand beach in Vestmannaeyjar with a large rocky outcrop behind.
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Tour starts
Strandvegur 65, Vestmannaeyjabær, Iceland
Duration
1 hour
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English, Icelandic
Available
Apr. - Dec.
Minimum age
6 years old

Description

Get set for adventure by booking this exhilarating one-hour ATV volcano tour. This easy-level guided tour offers the perfect combination of action and exploration around the magnificent volcano in the Westman Islands.

This tour begins when you meet your ATV guides at their base on Heimaey, the only populated island of the Westman Islands. Previous experience is unnecessary, and the ATVs are automatic and easy to operate. However, drivers require a current license, and passengers must be at least six years old.

First up, it's time to get warm, cozy, and ready to ride safely with overalls, balaclavas, gloves, and a helmet. You'll learn how to operate the ATV, and your guide will provide safety instructions.

Once you're ready, it's time to have a blast touring the volcano lava fields. You'll love feeling the wind in your hair and the incredible sense of freedom as you get close to nature during the ride. 

The outstanding scenery comes alive as you listen to fascinating stories from your tour guide. Discover Presvik beach, where the Pelagus fishing ship was stranded. Rescuers and firefighters faced terrifying conditions to rescue the sailors here. 

You'll also see where Gudlaugur Fridthorsson came to shore after his fishing boat sank in 1984. He swam 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) in the dark, cold sea to reach the beach. 

The sole survivor of his crew of five, he still had another challenge to face after his grueling five or six-hour swim. Fridthorsson searched for a safe entry onto the land before traversing 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) of volcanic scree.

Another tour highlight is the drive around the lava and into Eldfell volcanic cone. It formed in a volcanic eruption in 1973, which caused a major crisis on the island. This event destroyed almost 400 homes and required a temporary evacuation of residents.

During your ride, you'll gain insight into the volcano's impact on the islanders and surrounding landscape. 

Your friendly tour guide is always happy to answer questions. Stop and take photos at your leisure to capture memories that will last a lifetime. This not-to-be-missed tour is a superb way to experience the best of the Westman Islands' breathtaking landscapes and historical sights.

Ride through the volcano lava fields, witness the volcano's harshness, and be mesmerized by the scenic surroundings for an unforgettable experience. Do not miss the chance to enjoy this unique landscape, complete with a knowledgeable guide and plenty of fun.

This exciting one-hour ATV tour is a perfect adventure and a great way to enjoy the unique environment around the Westman Islands. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Waterproof overalls
Gloves
Helmet

Map

Activities

ATV

What to bring

Good shoes
Driving license if you plan to drive the ATV
Camera

Good to know

Drivers must have a valid driver's license and passengers must be six or over.

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