Information about Heimaey

 

Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, south of the mainland, and the only inhabited one, with a population of around 4000 people.

The volcano Eldfell is situated on Heimaey. This volcano brought the islands to international attention when it erupted in 1973. The highest mountain of the Westman Islands is also located on Heimaey, the 283 high he tuff mountain Heimaklettur. 

In 1984 fisherman Gudlaugur Fritthorsson saved his life as his boat went down by swimming a distance of about six kilometers to Heimaey, with the sea temperature about 6 degrees Celsius. Director Baltasar Kormakur based his film Djupid on this remarkable feat.

In the first weekend of August, the Verslunarmannahelgi people flock to Heimaey from all around to attend the weekend long outdoor festival Thjodhatid i Eyjum. Read more about this festival in our Top Ten Festivals in Iceland article.

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Attractions nearby Heimaey

Vestmannaeyjar

The Westman Islands have the largest nest of Puffins in the world and you may see many whales around the island. Heimaey is the only one that is inhab...

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Eldfell

  Eldfell ('Mountain of Fire') is a composite volcano cone in Heimaey in the Westman Islands. It is just over 200 meters high. The vol...

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Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock is a natural rock formation on the Westman Islands archipelago, located approximately 7.4 kilometres off Iceland's south coast.&nb...

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Surtsey

Surtsey is a volcanic island, part of the Westman Islands and formed by an underwater volcanic eruption in 1963.  Surtsey was declared a na...

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Seljalandsfoss

  Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country. Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cas...

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Gljufrabui

Gljúfrabúi ("Canyon Dweller“) is a beautiful waterfall located at Hamragarðar in South Iceland, close to its bette...

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Akurey

  Akurey is a small island in Kollafjordur bay, off the shore of Reykjavik. There is plenty of birdlife in the island as many puffins nest the...

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Nauthúsagil

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir. Nauthúsagil is a narrow ravine in South Iceland, located beneath the glacial volcano E...

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Þorvaldseyri

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by Matt Riggott Þorvaldseyri is a historic farm located beneath Iceland’s most famous volcano,...

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Fljótshlíð

  Fljotshlid is a beautiful farming district in southern Iceland. It is one of the main sites for Njal's Saga, a masterpiece of the saga lit...

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Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur is a small town of 950 people in south Iceland, conveniently located by the ring road. The local airport has flights to the Westman I...

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Seljavallalaug

 Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons, photo by Johannes Martin. Seljavallalaug is an outdoor swimming pool in South Iceland, roughly 10 km east ...

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Eyjafjallajökull

  The glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) is located at the borders of the South Icelandic highlands. It featured prominently in world ...

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Skógafoss

Skógafoss is one of the country’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 ft) and a drop o...

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Gígjökull

Gigjokull is one of two glacier outlets from the glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the other being Steinholtsjokull. The 2010 Eyjafjallajokull erupt...

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Skógar

Skogar, in South Iceland, is a popular destination for travelers. It has a population of about 20 people, features a regional museum and and is close ...

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Skogar Museum - Skógarsafn

Photo from the Skógar Museum Skógar Museum is a cultural heritage museum in south Iceland. Located near one of the most popular waterf...

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Kvernufoss

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir. Kvernufoss is a waterfall with a drop of 30 metres (98 feet) in South Iceland. Considered a h...

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South Shore

From Reykjanesta and the next 100 km onwards, the south shore is characterized by lava formations constantly battered by the wild ocean waves (‘...

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Miðás Breeding Farm

Midas is a horse farm near Hella in South Iceland. The farm is run by farmers Asta Begga Olafsdottir and Gisli Sveinsson. It features a stable, a r...

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Tours near Heimaey

Scenic Flying Tour | Volcanoes, South Highlands & Great Glaciers

Come along on a scenic "flightseeing" tour over the infamous glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull......

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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......

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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......

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