Silversea Luxury Cruises To HEIMAEY (Westman Islands)

HEIMAEY (Westman Islands)

It’s hard to imagine, as you stroll Heimaey’s idyllic streets of white wooden houses, that this island was literally torn apart by a spectacular volcanic eruption, just over 40 years ago. The fact that you can visit incredible Heimaey at all is something of a miracle – because the oozing lava of the Eldfell volcano threatened to seal the harbour off completely. Fortunately, its advance was halted by gallons of seawater, pumped onto it by the plucky islanders, who saved their fishing industry in the process. View more

Iceland's famous for its scenery, and the huge castles of volcanic rock that rise out of the sea's waves here are some of the country's most dramatic.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

cruises visiting HEIMAEY (Westman Islands)

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LONDON (Tower Bridge) To NEW YORK
  • Departure
    Aug 24 2019
  • Duration
    35 Days
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    Silver Wind
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LONDON (Tower Bridge) To REYKJAVIK
  • Departure
    Aug 24 2019
  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Wind
From US$ 7,900
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LONDON (Greenwich) To REYKJAVIK
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    Jun 06 2020
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Whisper
From US$ 6,750
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LONDON (Greenwich) To LONDON (Greenwich)
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    Jun 06 2020
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REYKJAVIK To REYKJAVIK
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    Jun 29 2020
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    Silver Wind
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Excursions in HEIMAEY (Westman Islands)

Caves and Islands RIB-Boat Safari

Experience the caves, islets and rock formations of the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago in an exciting new way during this panoramic, fun-filled RIB-boat excursion.


Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago, Surtsey Island, Helgafell and Eldfell Volcanoes

Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting rigid-inflatable boat. Upon arrival, receive your safety and riding instructions, then don your flotation suits and life vests before setting out on your RIB-boat safari.

Fast, fun and agile RIB safari boats have opened up new and exciting travel possibilities, especially here in the Vestamannaeyjar (Western Islands), where boats sail from Heimey Island on exploratory journeys of mysterious caves and small islets. Vestmannaeyjar is an archipelago off Iceland's south coast, and was formed by underwater volcanic eruptions. The youngest island, Surtsey, was formed in 1963. Heimaey is the largest and only inhabited island. It has two volcanoes, Helgafell and Eldfell.


RIB-Boat Safari, Caves, Islets, Rock Formations, Eider Duck Cave, Cliff Cave

The Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago is renowned for its diverse birdlife and interesting geological history. Your RIB-boat rides past caves, islets and unusual rock formations that have been shaped by the interplay of the sea and volcanic activity. Your RIB boat also ventures into some smaller caves, such as the Eider Duck Cave, whose name derives from a nearby eider duck colony. Next, visit a huge and extremely deep cave, where beautiful basalt columns decorate the walls. The cave was named after the terrifying Norse God of the Sea, Ægir. Close by is a small cave where the sunlight shines through, creating a mesmerising interplay of light and water. A final visit is made to the roomy Klettahellir (Cliff Cave), which has excellent acoustics.


Marine Life, Seabirds

Whales, orcas, dolphins and porpoises are occasionally sighted on this tour. Seals are frequently seen, as well as seabirds that include cormorants, fulmats, gannets and Atlantic puffins. At the conclusion of your RIB-boat safari, commence the short ride back to the pier and return to the ship on-foot.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres). This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a waterproof jacket and pants with sturdy, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. A life vest and flotation suit is provided. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. The weight of each participating guest must not exceed 264 pounds (about 120 kilograms). Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, marine life sightings are not guaranteed. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Circumnavigation of Heimaey

Sea Birds, History and Viking sagas

The tour begins with a short walk to the harbor where guests will board tge boat Halkion. Guests will begin the journey by sailing past the cliffs surrounding the harbor, with a chance to see lively bird colonies.

On this approx. 1,5-hour sailing trip guests will sail around Heimaey and see the island from sea which is spectacular. During the sailing a guide will tell you about the history of the islands, settlement and viking sagas, the geological history, the volcanic eruption on the island in 1973 as well as in inform you about Surtsey the youngest island in the world which is a part of the archipelago. Guests will see various rock formations and sail along the new lava that enlarged the Heimaey island by 2 km. There are numerous bird species around Vestmannaeyjar that nest on the cliffs and on the surrounding islands. Guests might see the iconic puffin, fulmats, kittiwakes and gannets. Often seals and whales duck up in high summer such as orcas, porpoises and dolphins.

Sea Caves Fjósið and Klettshellir

During the sailing two sea caves will be visited, "Fjósið" which is inside the cape Höfði, that is known to be the windiest place in Europe and Klettshellir. The acoustics in the cave are sensational and provide a unique listening experience.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 meters). This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a waterproof jacket and pants with sturdy, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. A life vest is provided. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Heimaey Island Tour

Herjólfsdalur Valley and Stórhöfði

Depart the perfectly formed natural harbor with its tall cliffs and head to Herjólfsdalur Valley, where your guide points out ruins of old farmhouses dating form the year 650 A.D. Your tour continues along the western part of the island to view the outer islands. The youngest island, Surtsey, evolved from a volcanic eruption in 1963. A photo stop is then made at Stórhöfði, which offers splendid views overlooking the island and majestic glaciers of mainland Iceland.

The tour then continues along the scenic western part of the islands, providing an opportunity to view the outer islands of archipelago. The youngest island, "Surtsey", a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was formed in a volcanic eruption in 1962.

Volcanoes and Pompeii of the North

Your drive back to the harbor takes you between two volcanoes, the 5,000 - year - old Helgafell, or "Holy Mountain", and the considerably younger Eldfell or Mt.Fire. Which last erupted on January 23, 1973. Stop for photos at the viewpoint located at the base of Eldfell; the continue over the new lava fields and into the very center of the volcano's crater. From here, drive through town, pass by the Skansinn Church and stop by Pompeii of the North before returning to the pier.

Eldheimar Museum

You will get the chance to visit the Eldheimar Museum, which focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland's largest natural disaster where inhabitants of the island had to evacuate their home in the middle of the night.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with short walks at tops over uneven surfaces, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 4000 yards (about 3,5 kilometres). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a waterproof jacket and pants with sturdy, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Walking Tour and Lava Field Tour Duration

Skansinn

The walking tour begins at the naturally formed harbour which was almost destroyed in the massive eruption on the island in 1973. After a short walk we'll reach "Skansinn", a replica of the old fort built by orders of the Danish king in the 17th century to protect the islands from theft and foreign trade. From there guests walk up a small hill and over the new lava that was formed in the dramatic eruption in 1973.

Eldfell, Volcanic Eruption, Lava and Ash

Guests will continue the walk up the hill and over the newly formed lava fields of Eldfell ('Fire Mountain'). It was the site of the dramatic volcanic eruption that started in the middle of the night on an otherwise typical day. The eruption forced almost all the 5,000 inhabitants to be swiftly evacuated to the mainland while hundreds of houses were buried under lava and ash. Guests will walk along the edge of the lava field where they will have a great view over the small town, and a clear view of the remains of the houses buried during the eruption.

We'll then walk through town and return to the pier and your ship.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 meters). This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a waterproof jacket and pants with sturdy, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. A life vest is provided. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.