Explore the beautiful Heimaey, the largest island of the Westman Islands, in depth in winter with this express tour of all the major sites. Those travelling to this beautiful part of the country should not overlook this opportunity.
After being picked up by the harbour of Heimaey, you’ll be whisked to the first site, the cliffs of Sprangan. Here, you’ll be able to see your guide demonstrate how Westman Islanders swing on and climb up ropes, as an acrobatic and historic way of gathering birds eggs.
You will then go to the windiest place in Europe, Stórhöfði, which in summer is alive with puffins. Even though this tour does not run in puffin season, you will still see non-migratory seabirds swooping around the cliffs.
Next up is the notorious Eldfell, a volcano that erupted in 1973, destroying a third of the homes on the island and threatening to engulf the rest. You’ll get to walk in the crater, and achieve beautiful views of the town below.
Herjólfsdalur is next on the agenda, a valley with the ruins of a farmhouse said to be owned by the very first inhabitant of Heimaey.
You’ll then head back into town, to see two cultural sites. First is the wooden church of Skansinn, styled after viking architecture. At the end of the tour wil will visit the Puffin sanctaury, where you will get a exclusive meet and greet with a live puffin.
Don’t miss this thorough exploration of Heimaey by minibus. Check availability by choosing a date.