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AUVEST: Volcanic Explorer / 2 Days
Departures from Reykjavik

Vestmannaeyjar is popularly known as 'The Pompeii of the North' and with good reason: This group of islands have been the scene for recent volcanic eruptions. Most dramatically in 1973 where a lenghty eruption threatened the very survival of the local population. This tours gives you a chance to explore in greater depth than a day trip would.

Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar are a group of 15-18 islands, located off the Iceland’s south coast. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure with the largest island is Heimaey, which is where you are spending the night.

Heimaey became world famous in 1973 when a volcanic fissure opened on the eastern side of the island, only 300-400 metres from Kirkjubæir, the most easterly houses in the town. The inhabitants of Heimaey were woken by the police and firebrigade as they drove around, raising the alarm with their sirens as the island’s population was ferried to safety.

The eruption lasted almost 6 months and changed the harbour as well as around 360 houses. Today you can visit the very interesting Eldheimar Museum which takes you through this dramatic event. Vestmanna has a multitude of activities to keep you entertained; from museums, hiking paths and horse rental to boat trips around the volcanic islands.

Day 1

Fly from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Vestmannaeyjar Airport. Transfer by local taxi to your hotel.

Day free at leisure to explore the island.

Vestmanna has a multitude of activities to keep you entertained; from museums, hiking paths and horse rental to boat trips around the volcanic islands. Ask the hotel to help you with ideas.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner at Restaurant Einsi Kaldi, well known for its sea food dishes.

Included meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Vestmannaeyjar

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is free to explore the awe inspiring surroundings before your transfer to Vestmannaeyjar Airport in time for your late afternoon/evening flight back to Reykjavik.

This tour can be combined with any of our itineraries in our Iceland programme.

Route map

Departures

  • Departures all year round.

Included

  • Return flights from Reykjavik incl. all taxes
  • Transfer to and from Hotel Vestmannaeyjar
  • Accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • One dinner

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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