Westman Islands Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore the stunning nature of the remote Westman Islands, volcanic islands off the South Coast of Reykjavik. Discover their unique history and traditions, and meet some lovely puffins.

Highlights

  • Learn about the Westman Islands interesting geology
  • Try your luck at meeting puffins
  • Experience the uniqueness of the islands

Description

Embark on an extraordinary voyage to the Westman Islands, a cluster of volcanic wonders just off Iceland's southern coastline, often overlooked yet brimming with natural marvels. Our private jeep tour from Reykjavik promises an immersive journey into this lesser-explored paradise. Setting the stage for an epic adventure, our 4x4 jeep picks you up from your Reykjavik accommodation. As we embark on the awe-inspiring route along Iceland's South Coast, be prepared to be mesmerized by the majestic landscapes and the awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a breathtaking sight en route to our first destination. Our voyage truly begins as we reach Landeyjahöfn, a small harbor where we board the ferry bound for the Westman Islands, also known as Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic. The 30-40-minute boat cruise unveils a panorama of the islands' unique cliffs and slopes, a perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs. Our jeep accompanies us on the ferry, ensuring your comfort continues seamlessly throughout the tour. Heimaey is the largest and sole inhabited island of the archipelago, which was born from underwater volcanic eruptions. You will explore the islands' volcanic heritage at the captivating Eldheimar Museum. Built around the remains of a house engulfed by lava during the 1973 Eldfell volcano eruption, this interactive museum vividly narrates the islands' saga. The Eldheimar Museum pays homage not only to the island's past but also to the resilience of its inhabitants in the face of adversity, a tale pivotal to grasp when visiting this scenic haven. Feel the heat of history by trekking Eldfell volcano's slopes, a chance to touch the still-warm rocks and witness the raw beauty of recently formed lava fields, remnants of past eruptions. Our private expedition unfolds further as we venture to Stórhöfi, Europe's windiest point, offering unparalleled vistas of the Westman Islands in all their grandeur. Here, you might chance upon inquisitive sheep and, during their summer visit, catch a glimpse of playful puffins fluttering around (puffins are usually here between the end of May and the end of August) Journeying next to Herjólfsdalur, a picturesque valley embraced by cliffs and verdant hills, witness the awe-inspiring Elephant Rock and the ruins of the original settlers' farmhouse, echoes of the island's ancient past. We conclude our excursion by boarding the ferry. We return you to Reykjavik, dropping you off at your accommodation, leaving you with cherished memories of this captivating journey.

Includes

Ferry tickets to the Westman Islands Entrance ticket to Eldheimar Museum English-speaking driver-guide Private tour and transportation

Important Information

  • This tour will take place rain or shine. In case of bad weather conditions, the tour might be cancelled. Puffins can only be seen in the summertime (usually from mid-May to mid-August) There is a limited amount of daylight in Iceland during winter. If you take this tour in the winter, please know that some of the attractions might be visited in dusk or darkness, or even skipped. The tour itinerary might be altered in case of unfavorable weather and road conditions.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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