Visit the Vestmannaeyjar islands, a small volcanic archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, and explore its spectacular nature and haunting history
Vestmannaeyjar islands, or "Westman Islands" as it translates in English, are a small volcanic archipelago off the south coast of Iceland that came to international attention in 1973 when Icelanders battled to prevent lava from the volcano Mt. Eldfell blocking Heimaey's harbour and devastating a town of 4.000 people.
The eruption created a 700 ft.high mountain that spewed lava and ash destroying almost 400 homes and businesses, a third of all buildings on Heimaey island. While the eruption lasted no one knew if the island would ever be populated again.
This tour takes you from Reykjavik across the southern lowlands of Iceland to Landeyjahöfn harbour and with a ferry to Vesmannaeyjar island where a local guide will take you around the main island.
On Heimaey island you'll visit the puffin nesting area in Stórhöfði promontory and after lunch break, take a facinating boat tour to view many of the wondrous seabirds that nest in the Cliffs of Heimaey. Returning from the boat tour, you get to enjoy instrumental music in the natural echo of the ocean cave Klettshellir.
The ferry takes you back to the mainland, where our bus is waiting to take you back to Reykjavik.
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Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar is the central departure point for our tours.
Pick up and drop off
Our pick up coaches collect passengers from over 160 hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik and deliver to the Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar for check in.
Pick up from hotels and guesthouses starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
To help ensuring the quickest possible collection we kindly ask you to stand by for pick up in front of your hotel or guest house when pick up starts. Boarding the pick-up coach please present your tour voucher.
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Returning from your tour
On return you'll be dropped off at the pickup point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.
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