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Experience - Iceland

The Unknown Westman Islands

Highlights

  • Explore unknown territory off the coast of Iceland

  • Take the ferry from the south of Iceland to Heimaey

  • Your guide will provide you with background information about the islands.

Description

The 15 small volcanic Westman Islands are about five miles south of Iceland and are part of an undeveloped area. Except for the main island of Heimaey, the uninhabited Westman Islands are an insider tip that we recommend during your round trip! About ninety minutes from the capital Reykjavik, the ferry will take you to the islands’ countless Puffins, rugged landscapes, and untouched nature.

Destination

Europe

  1. Iceland

You haven't seen Iceland until you've visited the Westman Islands. Iceland's best-kept secret is away from the tourist hot spots and shows off its most untouched nature.

You will board a ferry that will head toward Heimaey. It departs from Landeyjahöfn, in the south of Iceland. During the half-hour journey, you will already relish unforgettable views of the main island as it gets closer and closer. The main island survived, probably the most significant volcanic eruption in 1973. The eruption enlarged the island by five square miles, and only one year later, the island became inhabited entirely again. You can still see the traces of that time. Discover pure nature and observe puffins in their natural habitat and breeding grounds.

Get to know the uninhabited Westman Islands during an excursion boat adventure around the main island, Heimaey. Hidden caves, a variety of birds, and with a little luck, gigantic whales will greet you on this 90-minute tour. An expert guide on board is happy to answer your questions and will tell you new background information about the untouched islands.

Your journey continues ashore, where you will visit the Klettshellur ("Cliff Cave"). The cave' s unique acoustics make it a particularly popular destination for musicians.

All these impressions and new insights will enable you to spend the rest of your time on the island as you wish. This memorable day trip ends with a ferry ride back to Landeyjahöfn.

If you wish, you can also take your rental car with you on the ferry to explore areas that you can' t see from the boat. Contact us, and we will be happy to advise you.

Duration of the trip: All day

Including

  • A ferry trip from Landeyjahöfn to Heimaey and back

  • Boat tour around Heimaey

  • English speaking guide during the boat tour

  • The starting price is valid during the travel period May 15 - Sept. 15, 2020

Excluding

  • Vehicle on the ferry (optionally bookable)

  • Meals and personal expenses not mentioned

Services & Notes

  • Departures
    • Ferry from Landeyjahöfn (year-round): 10 AM and 1 PM daily

    • Ferry from Heimaey (year-round): 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM daily

    • Boat trip (only May 15 - Sept. 15, 2020): daily 11 AM and 4 PM

  • Duration: approx. Thirty-five minutes ferry ride each way, approx. 90 minutes boat tour
  • Prices apply for two people
  • Children: under twelve years old ride for free on the ferry / under nine years old ride for free on the boat trip. Please contact your travel advisor for information on children's tariffs.
  • Would you like to take your vehicle with you to the island? Talk to us, and we will be happy to book the appropriate package for you.

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