Westman Islands Tours

Westman Islands tours introduce you to an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off Iceland’s South Coast.
Explore the area by boat, visit the puffin colonies that nest there throughout summer or immerse yourself in the region's colourful history and culture.

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Westman Islands Tours

Westman Islands tours introduce you to an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off Iceland’s South Coast.
Explore the area by boat, visit the puffin colonies that nest there throughout summer or immerse yourself in the region's colourful history and culture.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Westman Islands, Puffin Tour & Whale Watching

Explore the wildlife of Iceland at your own pace on this 5-day self-drive tour! This tour is sure to thrill any animal or nature lover, allowing you to experience the Icelandic horses that fill Reykjadalur Valley, the whales and dolphins swimming off the coasts, and the popular puffins of the Westman Islands.On a self-drive tour, you control how much you want to see on each day. You can make the most of every minute and visit all the attractions in the area that you can, or just choose a few special places where you can linger and really drink in the moment. In one short holiday, you’ll see all this and take a spin around the famous Golden Circle; there’s even enough time to take a dip in the healing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.The long summer days give you plenty of time to explore each location, meaning you can rise early and turn in late. The ongoing sunshine and pure, fresh air mean that you never feel too tired during Icelandic summer. Most travellers to Iceland are excited about the must-see locations, but also seek secluded places where they can rest their mind and body amongst the peaceful Icelandic landscape. That is why you will be provided with a unique itinerary of hidden gems and lesser-seen places after you book, which will allow you to get back to nature without all the crowds.Book this tour to immerse yourself in the vibrant wildlife of Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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One Hour Small Island Tour in Vestmannaeyjar

Explore the caves, monoliths and coastal beauty of the Westman Islands. This boat tour is an exciting way to explore this little travelled part of Iceland.This tour begins at the harbour on Heimaey, the only populated part of the islands. Here, you will be provided with a floatation suit and life jacket, for warmth and safety, before boarding a speedboat and setting out for your hour-and-a-half long exploration.You will visit many incredible sites very few others have the chance to see as you whizz across the waters of the Atlantic. There are five coastal caves, for example, that you will visit and enter, one of which, called Klettshellir and is renowned for its acoustics.You will also see a bizarre rock formation in a cliff that uncannily resembles the face of an elephant.Lovers of wildlife will rejoice on this tour. If taken before September, you will see thousands of nesting Atlantic Puffins. The Westman Islands have the highest proportion of these adorable birds out of anywhere in the world. You will see them on the isles and rocks with their lifelong partners, protecting their burrows, and in the waters, where they are feeding. Because of the size of your speedboat, you will be able to approach the puffins very closely without being a disturbance, so you can properly admire their charming, colourful features.There is also a great chance you will spot whales on your trip. The Westman Islands have bountiful waters, with a lot of life, drawing all sorts of creatures, most notably Orcas and the second-largest species ever to live on earth, Fin Whales. Of course, you also may see Blue, Minke and Humpback Whales, as well as White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises.Witness the many islands and thriving wildlife of Vestmannæyjar on this boat tour from Heimaey. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
60minutes
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Private Tour of Heimaey in the Westman Islands

Book a private tour of Heimaey, the largest island of the beautiful Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Those who want to avoid other tourists and have a more personalised experience with their guide should not overlook this tour.As this excursion is private, you’ll get to choose how long to spend at each place, whether you are more interested in historical sites, geological sites, or wildlife.The first of your stops will be Sprangan, cliffs where you will be able to watch your guide do an acrobatic display on ropes. This technique has been used for generations to gather eggs from the birds nests.You’ll then go to Stórhöfði. If travelling between May and September, you’ll be awed by the thousands of puffins nesting here and flying overhead; more puffins nest in the Westman Islands than anywhere else on earth. If travelling outside of these months, you’ll feel the bracing elements, as this is the windiest place in Europe.Next, you will travel to the volcano of Eldfell. The eruption here in 1973 was unexpected and dramatic, and the rescue of the people and innovations used to stem the flow of lava are fascinating stories. You will be able to walk in the crater.Another geological site will follow Eldfell; the Elephant Rock’s distinct shape has made it a favourite subject for photographers. You will then head to the valley of Herjólfsdalur, and look upon the ruins of the farmhouse said to be built by the first settler of Westman IslandsThe tour will conclude back in the town, but before you are dropped off, you’ll stop at Stafkirkjan, a charming and historic wooden church.Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Westman Islands without worrying about other guests. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2hours
Available:
Jul. - Dec.
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Duration:
2hours
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Sep. - Dec.
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Puffin and Volcano Tour | Westman Islands

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Westman Islands with this excellent tour that combines sightseeing and puffin-watching. This excursion should not be missed by any who are passionate about wildlife and nature.This tour begins in our office at the harbour in Westman Islands. The small size of your vehicle means that you can expect a personalised experience with your friendly guide.The order in which you visit the sites will depend on the weather, but you have a fair few on your agenda, and will reach each as you travel around the island.You will, for example, get to walk into the crater of the Eldfell volcano, which erupted in the middle of town without warning in 1973, threatening to engulf the whole island. You’ll also see the famous ‘elephant rock’ formation, where the cliff face looks uncannily like its namesake, and the beautiful valley of Herjólfsdalur, where there are ruins from one of the island’s first settlers.Of course, you will also reach the best puffin watching cliffs on the island to admire an array of seabirds that include puffins. Over 60% of the world’s North Atlantic puffins nest in Iceland, and more nest in the Westman Islands than any other part of the country, from May to September.If conditions allow, you’ll also go to Sprangan, where your guide will show off their skills swinging and scaling up and down a cliff, as is tradition on the archipelago as a way of retrieving eggs and down.Finally you will head to the puffin sanctuary, which will soon also include a beluga sanctuary. Here, you can learn about the fish and birds of Iceland, and meet one of our famous puffin up close.Don’t miss this thrilling and immersive tour of the Westman Islands. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
2hours
Available:
Jul. - Sep.
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2-Hour RIB Boat Tour of the Westman Islands

Explore the Westman Islands in style on this RIB-boat adventure. This tour is not to be missed by anyone who loves adrenaline, wildlife, history and spectacular geology.This tour departs from the harbour of Heimaey, the only island of the archipelago to be inhabited. The RIB vessel has fewer seats than larger boats, guaranteeing a more personal, as well as a much more adventurous, excursion. Once your group has boarded, you will shoot out of the harbour, and begin your exploration of the Westman Islands. There are fifteen islands and thirty rock outcrops to zip around, all of which have fascinating geology, and the vast majority of which have a wealth of birdlife. After all, Vestmannaeyjar has the highest number of nesting puffins in the world.You will see them nestled into the rocks, guarding their burrows, diving into the water to feed and clumsily sprinting along its surface to take off.They, however, are not the only animals found in the area. The Westman Islands are one of the best spots in the country for whale-watching, particularly to see otherwise elusive orcas and fin whales. You may also see humpback, minke and even blue whales, as well as harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.Outside of the wildlife, you will be exposed to many fascinating rock formations. Perhaps the most famous of these is the ‘Elephant Head’, a corner of a cliff which looks exactly like an elephant drinking from the sea.The geology of this area is the result of active volcanism beneath the land and the ocean. The most destructive volcanic eruption of recent times happened in Vestmannaeyjar, with lava destroying 20% of the buildings on Heimaey and almost entirely closing in its harbour. Thankfully, there were no casualties, and the lava flow was stopped by the ingenious and bold idea of pumping seawater onto it. Through this technique, Icelanders, in fact, managed to improve the harbour, by allowing the lava to close it off just a little.After you have admired the wildlife and geology of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, you will return to Heimaey, no doubt in a state of exhilaration from your adventure.Witness one of Iceland’s little-visited gems in the most exciting way possible. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Westman Islands Flightseeing Tour | South Coast Departure

Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Westman Islands with this short flightseeing tour. Take to the sky and see the volcanic Heimaey island along with its many surrounding islands and skerries. This tour promises to give you a unique perspective of one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, the Westman Islands, making it the perfect choice for adventure-seeking travellers.You will meet your guide at Bakki airport on Iceland’s mainland. The airstrip is located on the South Coast, just a short drive away from the town of Hvolsvöllur and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will board a small airplane that will take you on a 20-minute flightseeing journey over the islands.Heimaey is the largest island of the Westman Islands archipelago, and it is the home to more than 4000 inhabitants. It gained international attention in 1973 when the Islanders woke up to an eruption of the island’s volcano, Eldfell. Thankfully, nobody got hurt but the eruption destroyed or damaged about 60% of all the houses in the town. During the flight, you will also see Surtsey island, one of the world’s youngest islands. Surtsey was formed in an underwater eruption between the years 1963 and 1967. It is also the southernmost point of Iceland.The Westman Islands are comprised of 15 islands, and about 30 rock stacks and skerries, and all the islands were created in submarine eruptions, making them a beautiful wonder of nature worth seeing. The islands are also teeming with diverse bird and animal life, and it is here where you can find the world’s largest puffin colony!The dark lava fields, mighty mountains and the island’s green hills make them one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, and seeing the rough Atlantic Ocean crashes upon the shores of the dozens of skerries and islands is something you surely will never forget.So don’t wait! Book now and see the beautiful Westman Island from high above. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
20minutes
Available:
All year
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Westman Islands Private Day Tour

Visit the beautiful Westman Islands off of Iceland’s South Coast on this private day tour. This tour should not be missed by those who want a unique and personal sightseeing experience.This tour begins at Reykjavík when you and your group and picked up and driven along the South Coast. Before heading to your harbour to take the ferry over to the Westman Islands - or Vestmannaeyjar - you will see a few popular features such as Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier, and Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can fully encircle.With these places admired and made the most of, you will head to the harbour, most likely in the fishing town of Þórlakshöfn, and cruise over to Heimaey, the only inhabited island on the archipelago.You will stay on the island for five to eight hours, depending on your personal preference; you can, if you are sure you’ll want to spend longer, stay three hours longer than this if you desire, but you will have to pay an extra fee to do so while booking.The options of what to do on the island are many. The Eldheimar Eruption Museum is of particular interest, documenting the 1973 eruption that engulfed a large amount of the town, and threatened to destroy it all. To add some perspective to this, you can also ascend the accusing volcano, Eldfell, and walk around and admire its crater.Another great option is to take a boat tour. This will reveal to you the fourteen other islands and thirty outcrops of rock that make up the archipelago. Many of the cliffs around here will be home to thousands of nesting puffins, and you are likely to see them bobbing on the water and diving for fish.The waters around the Westman Islands are teeming with marine life, so it may not just be puffins you see if you elect to take this option. This is one of the best places in the country to see Orcas and Fin whales, and you may see many other species of dolphin and whale if you are lucky.There are plenty of other sights to see as well, as Heimaey is a beautiful, cultural and historic town that will provide you will endless pleasure to admire as you walk around it.Don’t miss this rare chance to explore the beautiful Westman Islands on a private day tour from Reykjavík. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
11hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Westman Islands Super Jeep Day Tour from Reykjavik

Book this tour and you can explore remote volcanic islands off the South Coast of Iceland. The Westman islands have a unique history and many traditions; you won’t want to miss them on your visit to Iceland.After being picked up in Reykjavík, your adventure will begin with a drive along the South Coast, with its spectacular and ever-changing landscape.  You will be headed for Landeyjahöfn, a small harbour close to Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you will hop on the ferry to Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands.  The ferry ride will only last 30 to 40 minutes, but the views from the ferry as you approach the islands are spectacular.  You will be able to spot a few different islands and will be amazed by the shapes and colours of their cliffs and rock formations.With a population of about 4.500 people, Heimaey is the largest and the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here a huge volcano eruption occurred in 1973, which forced the Islanders to flee and some of them never returned to their homes. The eruption of Eldfell volcano destroyed many houses and changed the shape of the islands.Today, there exists a museum, which was built around the ruins of one of these houses that were covered by lava during the eruption. The Eldheimar museum tells the unique story of the 1973 eruption, a story of hope and determination, a story that everyone should learn when visiting these islands.Your day will continue with a hike to the top of Eldfell volcano, from where you will have a very beautiful view of the islands and the new lava fields that were created during the last eruption.  You will then drive to Stórhöfði, the windiest place in Europe, for more great views and to spot some puffins!You will then visit Herjólfsdalur valley, the Elephant Rock and the ruins of a typical farmhouse from the first settlers of the Westman Islands.  Last but not least, you will visit Sæheimar Museum and Aquarium, where you will learn about the islands' unique geology, about the different animals that populate them and, with some luck, you might have a close encounter with a puffin.At the end of the day, you will take the ferry back to Landeyjahöfn harbour and drive back to Reykjavik.  If there is enough time, you will pay a quick visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the way.Explore the unique Westman islands on this amazing day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
14hours
Available:
May. - Oct.
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Volcanic Westman Islands

Vestmannaeyjar, or the Westman Islands, is a volcanic island archipelago only a half hour ferry ride from the south coast of Iceland, and just a couple of hours travel from Reykjavík. The natural beauty, wildlife and history will astound everyone who visits this stunning collection of islands. Come with us to explore a true gem of Iceland, one that the locals love to explore themselves. We start the day with a drive to Landeyjahöfn, as we pass through all the astonishing scenery the south coast of Iceland has to offer, including waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes where we catch the ferry over to the Westman Islands. The main island, Heimaey, was almost destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1973 resulting in a full town evacuation. We will go to the Eldheimar Museum and learn all about how the eruption destroyed hundreds of homes and lasted for months, making it the “Pompei of the North”. From here you can see the lava and new section of the island that was created in 1973, with the island increasing in size by over 20% from all the new lava. We will also take the time to make the short hike (approx. 30 minutes up) to the top of Eldfjall volcanic crater, the source of this devastating eruption. The Westman Islands is home to some of our favourite restaurants. We have lunch at GOTT, whose cosy and delightful restaurant uses only fresh, authentic ingredients. All sauces, broth, soups, bread and cakes are made from scratch at the restaurant, with the fish brought fresh from the market every morning. This is sure to be one of your favourite meals in Iceland, with lunch included in the tour price. After lunch we have more time to explore the islands. This can be in two ways. With your Hidden Iceland guide you can head to the southern side of Heimaey to explore the cliffs, farms and go on a short walk in the search of puffins. In summer the Westman Islands is one of the best places in Iceland to view Puffins, it is always a delight to see these incredibly cute birds. Alternatively you can join a 1 hour RIB boat ride with our partners from RIB Safari. Exploring the islands by boat is a fantastic and fun way to do it, and RIB Safari will ensure you have one of the more exhilarating rides of your lives. The boat ride takes you deep inside sea caves, and around the small islands scattered of Heimaey that are otherwise inaccessible. If you are lucky you may even get close to the array of wildlife around the islands, like whales and Puffins. It is amazing to see the islands from this angle. If you want to join the 1 hour RIB Boat tour (12,900 ISK / 6,900 ISK per person) please choose this as the optional extra at booking. This trip is run in summer only, upon request, with a minimum of 4 people per trip. If 4 people are not yet booked you can book 4 people to confirm departure. If we get more sales, we will refund you the extra seats you paid for. Speak to us by email to take this option.

Duration:
12.5hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Vestmannaeyjar Transfer Flight & RIB Safari Boat Tour

Join this fantastic tour exploring the gorgeous Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) by air and boat, the perfect tour for thrill seekers looking to maximise their experience amid Iceland's gorgeous landscape. The tour starts with a flight from Bakki airport on the south coast of Iceland. The flight takes off at 10:45 AM, so it is best to be at Bakki airport 15 min before the flight.As you take off in one of our aircraft, you will see a black beach, Landeyjafjara, reaching as far west and east as the eye can see. In just a few minutes the aircraft is over the open sea, flying towards the Vestmannaeyjar islands. With a good eye, you might be able to see isolated farms and the birdlife on islands around Heimaey, the main island. It may look uninhabited, but Heimaey is home to a town of around 4,300 people. Surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, cliffs and islands, the public of Vestmannaeyjar has a history of fishing which plays a big part of the culture of Iceland. In the distance, you see Surtsey, an island which emerged out of the ocean during a volcanic eruption under sea level.At Vestmannaeyjar, you can spend the day as you like, but remember that you have a RIB Safari tour at 14:00 starting at the harbour of Vestmannaeyjar islands. During the small islands boat tour, you will see the elephant rock, a lot of wildlife, nature, and sea caves. You can learn more about the history of Vestmannaeyjar and see unique rock formations. Go on the perfect trip to get both a thrill and great guidance.After the boat tour, you'll have some spare time to sightsee before your return flight at the Vestmannaeyjar Airport at 16:30.After you land back in Bakki Airport, you can chat and get information from the pilot and receptionist about the sights you saw and enjoy the rest of your day after a short, but unique tour.Fly high over Iceland, all the way to Heimaey island and back! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."

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Westman Islands Tours

Westman Islands tours introduce you to an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off Iceland’s South Coast.
Explore the area by boat, visit the puffin colonies that nest there throughout summer or immerse yourself in the region's colourful history and culture.

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Westman Islands Tours

Westman Islands tours introduce you to an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off Iceland’s South Coast.
Explore the area by boat, visit the puffin colonies that nest there throughout summer or immerse yourself in the region's colourful history and culture.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Westman Islands, Puffin Tour & Whale Watching

Explore the wildlife of Iceland at your own pace on this 5-day self-drive tour! This tour is sure to thrill any animal or nature lover, allowing you to experience the Icelandic horses that fill Reykjadalur Valley, the whales and dolphins swimming off the coasts, and the popular puffins of the Westman Islands.On a self-drive tour, you control how much you want to see on each day. You can make the most of every minute and visit all the attractions in the area that you can, or just choose a few special places where you can linger and really drink in the moment. In one short holiday, you’ll see all this and take a spin around the famous Golden Circle; there’s even enough time to take a dip in the healing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.The long summer days give you plenty of time to explore each location, meaning you can rise early and turn in late. The ongoing sunshine and pure, fresh air mean that you never feel too tired during Icelandic summer. Most travellers to Iceland are excited about the must-see locations, but also seek secluded places where they can rest their mind and body amongst the peaceful Icelandic landscape. That is why you will be provided with a unique itinerary of hidden gems and lesser-seen places after you book, which will allow you to get back to nature without all the crowds.Book this tour to immerse yourself in the vibrant wildlife of Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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One Hour Small Island Tour in Vestmannaeyjar

Explore the caves, monoliths and coastal beauty of the Westman Islands. This boat tour is an exciting way to explore this little travelled part of Iceland.This tour begins at the harbour on Heimaey, the only populated part of the islands. Here, you will be provided with a floatation suit and life jacket, for warmth and safety, before boarding a speedboat and setting out for your hour-and-a-half long exploration.You will visit many incredible sites very few others have the chance to see as you whizz across the waters of the Atlantic. There are five coastal caves, for example, that you will visit and enter, one of which, called Klettshellir and is renowned for its acoustics.You will also see a bizarre rock formation in a cliff that uncannily resembles the face of an elephant.Lovers of wildlife will rejoice on this tour. If taken before September, you will see thousands of nesting Atlantic Puffins. The Westman Islands have the highest proportion of these adorable birds out of anywhere in the world. You will see them on the isles and rocks with their lifelong partners, protecting their burrows, and in the waters, where they are feeding. Because of the size of your speedboat, you will be able to approach the puffins very closely without being a disturbance, so you can properly admire their charming, colourful features.There is also a great chance you will spot whales on your trip. The Westman Islands have bountiful waters, with a lot of life, drawing all sorts of creatures, most notably Orcas and the second-largest species ever to live on earth, Fin Whales. Of course, you also may see Blue, Minke and Humpback Whales, as well as White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises.Witness the many islands and thriving wildlife of Vestmannæyjar on this boat tour from Heimaey. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
60minutes
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Private Tour of Heimaey in the Westman Islands

Book a private tour of Heimaey, the largest island of the beautiful Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Those who want to avoid other tourists and have a more personalised experience with their guide should not overlook this tour.As this excursion is private, you’ll get to choose how long to spend at each place, whether you are more interested in historical sites, geological sites, or wildlife.The first of your stops will be Sprangan, cliffs where you will be able to watch your guide do an acrobatic display on ropes. This technique has been used for generations to gather eggs from the birds nests.You’ll then go to Stórhöfði. If travelling between May and September, you’ll be awed by the thousands of puffins nesting here and flying overhead; more puffins nest in the Westman Islands than anywhere else on earth. If travelling outside of these months, you’ll feel the bracing elements, as this is the windiest place in Europe.Next, you will travel to the volcano of Eldfell. The eruption here in 1973 was unexpected and dramatic, and the rescue of the people and innovations used to stem the flow of lava are fascinating stories. You will be able to walk in the crater.Another geological site will follow Eldfell; the Elephant Rock’s distinct shape has made it a favourite subject for photographers. You will then head to the valley of Herjólfsdalur, and look upon the ruins of the farmhouse said to be built by the first settler of Westman IslandsThe tour will conclude back in the town, but before you are dropped off, you’ll stop at Stafkirkjan, a charming and historic wooden church.Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Westman Islands without worrying about other guests. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2hours
Available:
Jul. - Dec.
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Duration:
2hours
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Sep. - Dec.
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Puffin and Volcano Tour | Westman Islands

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Westman Islands with this excellent tour that combines sightseeing and puffin-watching. This excursion should not be missed by any who are passionate about wildlife and nature.This tour begins in our office at the harbour in Westman Islands. The small size of your vehicle means that you can expect a personalised experience with your friendly guide.The order in which you visit the sites will depend on the weather, but you have a fair few on your agenda, and will reach each as you travel around the island.You will, for example, get to walk into the crater of the Eldfell volcano, which erupted in the middle of town without warning in 1973, threatening to engulf the whole island. You’ll also see the famous ‘elephant rock’ formation, where the cliff face looks uncannily like its namesake, and the beautiful valley of Herjólfsdalur, where there are ruins from one of the island’s first settlers.Of course, you will also reach the best puffin watching cliffs on the island to admire an array of seabirds that include puffins. Over 60% of the world’s North Atlantic puffins nest in Iceland, and more nest in the Westman Islands than any other part of the country, from May to September.If conditions allow, you’ll also go to Sprangan, where your guide will show off their skills swinging and scaling up and down a cliff, as is tradition on the archipelago as a way of retrieving eggs and down.Finally you will head to the puffin sanctuary, which will soon also include a beluga sanctuary. Here, you can learn about the fish and birds of Iceland, and meet one of our famous puffin up close.Don’t miss this thrilling and immersive tour of the Westman Islands. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
2hours
Available:
Jul. - Sep.
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2-Hour RIB Boat Tour of the Westman Islands

Explore the Westman Islands in style on this RIB-boat adventure. This tour is not to be missed by anyone who loves adrenaline, wildlife, history and spectacular geology.This tour departs from the harbour of Heimaey, the only island of the archipelago to be inhabited. The RIB vessel has fewer seats than larger boats, guaranteeing a more personal, as well as a much more adventurous, excursion. Once your group has boarded, you will shoot out of the harbour, and begin your exploration of the Westman Islands. There are fifteen islands and thirty rock outcrops to zip around, all of which have fascinating geology, and the vast majority of which have a wealth of birdlife. After all, Vestmannaeyjar has the highest number of nesting puffins in the world.You will see them nestled into the rocks, guarding their burrows, diving into the water to feed and clumsily sprinting along its surface to take off.They, however, are not the only animals found in the area. The Westman Islands are one of the best spots in the country for whale-watching, particularly to see otherwise elusive orcas and fin whales. You may also see humpback, minke and even blue whales, as well as harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.Outside of the wildlife, you will be exposed to many fascinating rock formations. Perhaps the most famous of these is the ‘Elephant Head’, a corner of a cliff which looks exactly like an elephant drinking from the sea.The geology of this area is the result of active volcanism beneath the land and the ocean. The most destructive volcanic eruption of recent times happened in Vestmannaeyjar, with lava destroying 20% of the buildings on Heimaey and almost entirely closing in its harbour. Thankfully, there were no casualties, and the lava flow was stopped by the ingenious and bold idea of pumping seawater onto it. Through this technique, Icelanders, in fact, managed to improve the harbour, by allowing the lava to close it off just a little.After you have admired the wildlife and geology of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, you will return to Heimaey, no doubt in a state of exhilaration from your adventure.Witness one of Iceland’s little-visited gems in the most exciting way possible. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Westman Islands Flightseeing Tour | South Coast Departure

Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Westman Islands with this short flightseeing tour. Take to the sky and see the volcanic Heimaey island along with its many surrounding islands and skerries. This tour promises to give you a unique perspective of one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, the Westman Islands, making it the perfect choice for adventure-seeking travellers.You will meet your guide at Bakki airport on Iceland’s mainland. The airstrip is located on the South Coast, just a short drive away from the town of Hvolsvöllur and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will board a small airplane that will take you on a 20-minute flightseeing journey over the islands.Heimaey is the largest island of the Westman Islands archipelago, and it is the home to more than 4000 inhabitants. It gained international attention in 1973 when the Islanders woke up to an eruption of the island’s volcano, Eldfell. Thankfully, nobody got hurt but the eruption destroyed or damaged about 60% of all the houses in the town. During the flight, you will also see Surtsey island, one of the world’s youngest islands. Surtsey was formed in an underwater eruption between the years 1963 and 1967. It is also the southernmost point of Iceland.The Westman Islands are comprised of 15 islands, and about 30 rock stacks and skerries, and all the islands were created in submarine eruptions, making them a beautiful wonder of nature worth seeing. The islands are also teeming with diverse bird and animal life, and it is here where you can find the world’s largest puffin colony!The dark lava fields, mighty mountains and the island’s green hills make them one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, and seeing the rough Atlantic Ocean crashes upon the shores of the dozens of skerries and islands is something you surely will never forget.So don’t wait! Book now and see the beautiful Westman Island from high above. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
20minutes
Available:
All year
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Westman Islands Private Day Tour

Visit the beautiful Westman Islands off of Iceland’s South Coast on this private day tour. This tour should not be missed by those who want a unique and personal sightseeing experience.This tour begins at Reykjavík when you and your group and picked up and driven along the South Coast. Before heading to your harbour to take the ferry over to the Westman Islands - or Vestmannaeyjar - you will see a few popular features such as Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier, and Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can fully encircle.With these places admired and made the most of, you will head to the harbour, most likely in the fishing town of Þórlakshöfn, and cruise over to Heimaey, the only inhabited island on the archipelago.You will stay on the island for five to eight hours, depending on your personal preference; you can, if you are sure you’ll want to spend longer, stay three hours longer than this if you desire, but you will have to pay an extra fee to do so while booking.The options of what to do on the island are many. The Eldheimar Eruption Museum is of particular interest, documenting the 1973 eruption that engulfed a large amount of the town, and threatened to destroy it all. To add some perspective to this, you can also ascend the accusing volcano, Eldfell, and walk around and admire its crater.Another great option is to take a boat tour. This will reveal to you the fourteen other islands and thirty outcrops of rock that make up the archipelago. Many of the cliffs around here will be home to thousands of nesting puffins, and you are likely to see them bobbing on the water and diving for fish.The waters around the Westman Islands are teeming with marine life, so it may not just be puffins you see if you elect to take this option. This is one of the best places in the country to see Orcas and Fin whales, and you may see many other species of dolphin and whale if you are lucky.There are plenty of other sights to see as well, as Heimaey is a beautiful, cultural and historic town that will provide you will endless pleasure to admire as you walk around it.Don’t miss this rare chance to explore the beautiful Westman Islands on a private day tour from Reykjavík. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
11hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Westman Islands Super Jeep Day Tour from Reykjavik

Book this tour and you can explore remote volcanic islands off the South Coast of Iceland. The Westman islands have a unique history and many traditions; you won’t want to miss them on your visit to Iceland.After being picked up in Reykjavík, your adventure will begin with a drive along the South Coast, with its spectacular and ever-changing landscape.  You will be headed for Landeyjahöfn, a small harbour close to Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you will hop on the ferry to Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands.  The ferry ride will only last 30 to 40 minutes, but the views from the ferry as you approach the islands are spectacular.  You will be able to spot a few different islands and will be amazed by the shapes and colours of their cliffs and rock formations.With a population of about 4.500 people, Heimaey is the largest and the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here a huge volcano eruption occurred in 1973, which forced the Islanders to flee and some of them never returned to their homes. The eruption of Eldfell volcano destroyed many houses and changed the shape of the islands.Today, there exists a museum, which was built around the ruins of one of these houses that were covered by lava during the eruption. The Eldheimar museum tells the unique story of the 1973 eruption, a story of hope and determination, a story that everyone should learn when visiting these islands.Your day will continue with a hike to the top of Eldfell volcano, from where you will have a very beautiful view of the islands and the new lava fields that were created during the last eruption.  You will then drive to Stórhöfði, the windiest place in Europe, for more great views and to spot some puffins!You will then visit Herjólfsdalur valley, the Elephant Rock and the ruins of a typical farmhouse from the first settlers of the Westman Islands.  Last but not least, you will visit Sæheimar Museum and Aquarium, where you will learn about the islands' unique geology, about the different animals that populate them and, with some luck, you might have a close encounter with a puffin.At the end of the day, you will take the ferry back to Landeyjahöfn harbour and drive back to Reykjavik.  If there is enough time, you will pay a quick visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the way.Explore the unique Westman islands on this amazing day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
14hours
Available:
May. - Oct.
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Volcanic Westman Islands

Vestmannaeyjar, or the Westman Islands, is a volcanic island archipelago only a half hour ferry ride from the south coast of Iceland, and just a couple of hours travel from Reykjavík. The natural beauty, wildlife and history will astound everyone who visits this stunning collection of islands. Come with us to explore a true gem of Iceland, one that the locals love to explore themselves. We start the day with a drive to Landeyjahöfn, as we pass through all the astonishing scenery the south coast of Iceland has to offer, including waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes where we catch the ferry over to the Westman Islands. The main island, Heimaey, was almost destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1973 resulting in a full town evacuation. We will go to the Eldheimar Museum and learn all about how the eruption destroyed hundreds of homes and lasted for months, making it the “Pompei of the North”. From here you can see the lava and new section of the island that was created in 1973, with the island increasing in size by over 20% from all the new lava. We will also take the time to make the short hike (approx. 30 minutes up) to the top of Eldfjall volcanic crater, the source of this devastating eruption. The Westman Islands is home to some of our favourite restaurants. We have lunch at GOTT, whose cosy and delightful restaurant uses only fresh, authentic ingredients. All sauces, broth, soups, bread and cakes are made from scratch at the restaurant, with the fish brought fresh from the market every morning. This is sure to be one of your favourite meals in Iceland, with lunch included in the tour price. After lunch we have more time to explore the islands. This can be in two ways. With your Hidden Iceland guide you can head to the southern side of Heimaey to explore the cliffs, farms and go on a short walk in the search of puffins. In summer the Westman Islands is one of the best places in Iceland to view Puffins, it is always a delight to see these incredibly cute birds. Alternatively you can join a 1 hour RIB boat ride with our partners from RIB Safari. Exploring the islands by boat is a fantastic and fun way to do it, and RIB Safari will ensure you have one of the more exhilarating rides of your lives. The boat ride takes you deep inside sea caves, and around the small islands scattered of Heimaey that are otherwise inaccessible. If you are lucky you may even get close to the array of wildlife around the islands, like whales and Puffins. It is amazing to see the islands from this angle. If you want to join the 1 hour RIB Boat tour (12,900 ISK / 6,900 ISK per person) please choose this as the optional extra at booking. This trip is run in summer only, upon request, with a minimum of 4 people per trip. If 4 people are not yet booked you can book 4 people to confirm departure. If we get more sales, we will refund you the extra seats you paid for. Speak to us by email to take this option.

Duration:
12.5hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Vestmannaeyjar Transfer Flight & RIB Safari Boat Tour

Join this fantastic tour exploring the gorgeous Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) by air and boat, the perfect tour for thrill seekers looking to maximise their experience amid Iceland's gorgeous landscape. The tour starts with a flight from Bakki airport on the south coast of Iceland. The flight takes off at 10:45 AM, so it is best to be at Bakki airport 15 min before the flight.As you take off in one of our aircraft, you will see a black beach, Landeyjafjara, reaching as far west and east as the eye can see. In just a few minutes the aircraft is over the open sea, flying towards the Vestmannaeyjar islands. With a good eye, you might be able to see isolated farms and the birdlife on islands around Heimaey, the main island. It may look uninhabited, but Heimaey is home to a town of around 4,300 people. Surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, cliffs and islands, the public of Vestmannaeyjar has a history of fishing which plays a big part of the culture of Iceland. In the distance, you see Surtsey, an island which emerged out of the ocean during a volcanic eruption under sea level.At Vestmannaeyjar, you can spend the day as you like, but remember that you have a RIB Safari tour at 14:00 starting at the harbour of Vestmannaeyjar islands. During the small islands boat tour, you will see the elephant rock, a lot of wildlife, nature, and sea caves. You can learn more about the history of Vestmannaeyjar and see unique rock formations. Go on the perfect trip to get both a thrill and great guidance.After the boat tour, you'll have some spare time to sightsee before your return flight at the Vestmannaeyjar Airport at 16:30.After you land back in Bakki Airport, you can chat and get information from the pilot and receptionist about the sights you saw and enjoy the rest of your day after a short, but unique tour.Fly high over Iceland, all the way to Heimaey island and back! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."

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Westman Islands Tours

Westman Islands tours introduce you to an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off Iceland’s South Coast.
Explore the area by boat, visit the puffin colonies that nest there throughout summer or immerse yourself in the region's colourful history and culture.

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Westman Islands Tours

Westman Islands tours introduce you to an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off Iceland’s South Coast.
Explore the area by boat, visit the puffin colonies that nest there throughout summer or immerse yourself in the region's colourful history and culture.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Westman Islands, Puffin Tour & Whale Watching

Explore the wildlife of Iceland at your own pace on this 5-day self-drive tour! This tour is sure to thrill any animal or nature lover, allowing you to experience the Icelandic horses that fill Reykjadalur Valley, the whales and dolphins swimming off the coasts, and the popular puffins of the Westman Islands.On a self-drive tour, you control how much you want to see on each day. You can make the most of every minute and visit all the attractions in the area that you can, or just choose a few special places where you can linger and really drink in the moment. In one short holiday, you’ll see all this and take a spin around the famous Golden Circle; there’s even enough time to take a dip in the healing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.The long summer days give you plenty of time to explore each location, meaning you can rise early and turn in late. The ongoing sunshine and pure, fresh air mean that you never feel too tired during Icelandic summer. Most travellers to Iceland are excited about the must-see locations, but also seek secluded places where they can rest their mind and body amongst the peaceful Icelandic landscape. That is why you will be provided with a unique itinerary of hidden gems and lesser-seen places after you book, which will allow you to get back to nature without all the crowds.Book this tour to immerse yourself in the vibrant wildlife of Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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One Hour Small Island Tour in Vestmannaeyjar

Explore the caves, monoliths and coastal beauty of the Westman Islands. This boat tour is an exciting way to explore this little travelled part of Iceland.This tour begins at the harbour on Heimaey, the only populated part of the islands. Here, you will be provided with a floatation suit and life jacket, for warmth and safety, before boarding a speedboat and setting out for your hour-and-a-half long exploration.You will visit many incredible sites very few others have the chance to see as you whizz across the waters of the Atlantic. There are five coastal caves, for example, that you will visit and enter, one of which, called Klettshellir and is renowned for its acoustics.You will also see a bizarre rock formation in a cliff that uncannily resembles the face of an elephant.Lovers of wildlife will rejoice on this tour. If taken before September, you will see thousands of nesting Atlantic Puffins. The Westman Islands have the highest proportion of these adorable birds out of anywhere in the world. You will see them on the isles and rocks with their lifelong partners, protecting their burrows, and in the waters, where they are feeding. Because of the size of your speedboat, you will be able to approach the puffins very closely without being a disturbance, so you can properly admire their charming, colourful features.There is also a great chance you will spot whales on your trip. The Westman Islands have bountiful waters, with a lot of life, drawing all sorts of creatures, most notably Orcas and the second-largest species ever to live on earth, Fin Whales. Of course, you also may see Blue, Minke and Humpback Whales, as well as White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises.Witness the many islands and thriving wildlife of Vestmannæyjar on this boat tour from Heimaey. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
60minutes
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Private Tour of Heimaey in the Westman Islands

Book a private tour of Heimaey, the largest island of the beautiful Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Those who want to avoid other tourists and have a more personalised experience with their guide should not overlook this tour.As this excursion is private, you’ll get to choose how long to spend at each place, whether you are more interested in historical sites, geological sites, or wildlife.The first of your stops will be Sprangan, cliffs where you will be able to watch your guide do an acrobatic display on ropes. This technique has been used for generations to gather eggs from the birds nests.You’ll then go to Stórhöfði. If travelling between May and September, you’ll be awed by the thousands of puffins nesting here and flying overhead; more puffins nest in the Westman Islands than anywhere else on earth. If travelling outside of these months, you’ll feel the bracing elements, as this is the windiest place in Europe.Next, you will travel to the volcano of Eldfell. The eruption here in 1973 was unexpected and dramatic, and the rescue of the people and innovations used to stem the flow of lava are fascinating stories. You will be able to walk in the crater.Another geological site will follow Eldfell; the Elephant Rock’s distinct shape has made it a favourite subject for photographers. You will then head to the valley of Herjólfsdalur, and look upon the ruins of the farmhouse said to be built by the first settler of Westman IslandsThe tour will conclude back in the town, but before you are dropped off, you’ll stop at Stafkirkjan, a charming and historic wooden church.Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Westman Islands without worrying about other guests. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2hours
Available:
Jul. - Dec.
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Duration:
2hours
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Sep. - Dec.
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Puffin and Volcano Tour | Westman Islands

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Westman Islands with this excellent tour that combines sightseeing and puffin-watching. This excursion should not be missed by any who are passionate about wildlife and nature.This tour begins in our office at the harbour in Westman Islands. The small size of your vehicle means that you can expect a personalised experience with your friendly guide.The order in which you visit the sites will depend on the weather, but you have a fair few on your agenda, and will reach each as you travel around the island.You will, for example, get to walk into the crater of the Eldfell volcano, which erupted in the middle of town without warning in 1973, threatening to engulf the whole island. You’ll also see the famous ‘elephant rock’ formation, where the cliff face looks uncannily like its namesake, and the beautiful valley of Herjólfsdalur, where there are ruins from one of the island’s first settlers.Of course, you will also reach the best puffin watching cliffs on the island to admire an array of seabirds that include puffins. Over 60% of the world’s North Atlantic puffins nest in Iceland, and more nest in the Westman Islands than any other part of the country, from May to September.If conditions allow, you’ll also go to Sprangan, where your guide will show off their skills swinging and scaling up and down a cliff, as is tradition on the archipelago as a way of retrieving eggs and down.Finally you will head to the puffin sanctuary, which will soon also include a beluga sanctuary. Here, you can learn about the fish and birds of Iceland, and meet one of our famous puffin up close.Don’t miss this thrilling and immersive tour of the Westman Islands. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Duration:
2hours
Available:
Jul. - Sep.
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2-Hour RIB Boat Tour of the Westman Islands

Explore the Westman Islands in style on this RIB-boat adventure. This tour is not to be missed by anyone who loves adrenaline, wildlife, history and spectacular geology.This tour departs from the harbour of Heimaey, the only island of the archipelago to be inhabited. The RIB vessel has fewer seats than larger boats, guaranteeing a more personal, as well as a much more adventurous, excursion. Once your group has boarded, you will shoot out of the harbour, and begin your exploration of the Westman Islands. There are fifteen islands and thirty rock outcrops to zip around, all of which have fascinating geology, and the vast majority of which have a wealth of birdlife. After all, Vestmannaeyjar has the highest number of nesting puffins in the world.You will see them nestled into the rocks, guarding their burrows, diving into the water to feed and clumsily sprinting along its surface to take off.They, however, are not the only animals found in the area. The Westman Islands are one of the best spots in the country for whale-watching, particularly to see otherwise elusive orcas and fin whales. You may also see humpback, minke and even blue whales, as well as harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.Outside of the wildlife, you will be exposed to many fascinating rock formations. Perhaps the most famous of these is the ‘Elephant Head’, a corner of a cliff which looks exactly like an elephant drinking from the sea.The geology of this area is the result of active volcanism beneath the land and the ocean. The most destructive volcanic eruption of recent times happened in Vestmannaeyjar, with lava destroying 20% of the buildings on Heimaey and almost entirely closing in its harbour. Thankfully, there were no casualties, and the lava flow was stopped by the ingenious and bold idea of pumping seawater onto it. Through this technique, Icelanders, in fact, managed to improve the harbour, by allowing the lava to close it off just a little.After you have admired the wildlife and geology of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, you will return to Heimaey, no doubt in a state of exhilaration from your adventure.Witness one of Iceland’s little-visited gems in the most exciting way possible. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
2hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Westman Islands Flightseeing Tour | South Coast Departure

Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Westman Islands with this short flightseeing tour. Take to the sky and see the volcanic Heimaey island along with its many surrounding islands and skerries. This tour promises to give you a unique perspective of one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, the Westman Islands, making it the perfect choice for adventure-seeking travellers.You will meet your guide at Bakki airport on Iceland’s mainland. The airstrip is located on the South Coast, just a short drive away from the town of Hvolsvöllur and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will board a small airplane that will take you on a 20-minute flightseeing journey over the islands.Heimaey is the largest island of the Westman Islands archipelago, and it is the home to more than 4000 inhabitants. It gained international attention in 1973 when the Islanders woke up to an eruption of the island’s volcano, Eldfell. Thankfully, nobody got hurt but the eruption destroyed or damaged about 60% of all the houses in the town. During the flight, you will also see Surtsey island, one of the world’s youngest islands. Surtsey was formed in an underwater eruption between the years 1963 and 1967. It is also the southernmost point of Iceland.The Westman Islands are comprised of 15 islands, and about 30 rock stacks and skerries, and all the islands were created in submarine eruptions, making them a beautiful wonder of nature worth seeing. The islands are also teeming with diverse bird and animal life, and it is here where you can find the world’s largest puffin colony!The dark lava fields, mighty mountains and the island’s green hills make them one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, and seeing the rough Atlantic Ocean crashes upon the shores of the dozens of skerries and islands is something you surely will never forget.So don’t wait! Book now and see the beautiful Westman Island from high above. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
20minutes
Available:
All year
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Westman Islands Private Day Tour

Visit the beautiful Westman Islands off of Iceland’s South Coast on this private day tour. This tour should not be missed by those who want a unique and personal sightseeing experience.This tour begins at Reykjavík when you and your group and picked up and driven along the South Coast. Before heading to your harbour to take the ferry over to the Westman Islands - or Vestmannaeyjar - you will see a few popular features such as Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier, and Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can fully encircle.With these places admired and made the most of, you will head to the harbour, most likely in the fishing town of Þórlakshöfn, and cruise over to Heimaey, the only inhabited island on the archipelago.You will stay on the island for five to eight hours, depending on your personal preference; you can, if you are sure you’ll want to spend longer, stay three hours longer than this if you desire, but you will have to pay an extra fee to do so while booking.The options of what to do on the island are many. The Eldheimar Eruption Museum is of particular interest, documenting the 1973 eruption that engulfed a large amount of the town, and threatened to destroy it all. To add some perspective to this, you can also ascend the accusing volcano, Eldfell, and walk around and admire its crater.Another great option is to take a boat tour. This will reveal to you the fourteen other islands and thirty outcrops of rock that make up the archipelago. Many of the cliffs around here will be home to thousands of nesting puffins, and you are likely to see them bobbing on the water and diving for fish.The waters around the Westman Islands are teeming with marine life, so it may not just be puffins you see if you elect to take this option. This is one of the best places in the country to see Orcas and Fin whales, and you may see many other species of dolphin and whale if you are lucky.There are plenty of other sights to see as well, as Heimaey is a beautiful, cultural and historic town that will provide you will endless pleasure to admire as you walk around it.Don’t miss this rare chance to explore the beautiful Westman Islands on a private day tour from Reykjavík. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
11hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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