Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach 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.

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Exkursionen in Heimaey, Westman Islands

Westman Island Walking Tour

Explore the volcanic history of Iceland on-foot during this scenic walking tour of Heimaey.


Heimaey and Volcanoes

Depart the pier for a guided walking tour of Heimaey. Your tour begins with a look at the 5,000-year-old Helgafell Volcano, whose eruption on January 23, 1973 created a new volcano, Eldfell. See the grassy hills of Eldfell and the fences put in place there to hold down the ashes. This area was the same height as the houses to the left of it, and considered to be the best farmland on the island. The top of Eldfell is still warm to this day.


Pompeii of the North, Eldheimar Museum

Next, your walk continues on to Pompeii of the North. This area was unearthed in 2004 when islanders began digging out the houses buried in the volcano. The fissure created by the volcano was only 650 feet (200 metres) from Kirkjubær, the easternmost farm on the island. More than 400 houses were destroyed during the eruption, and new houses have since been built on the west coast of the island.

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


Harbour Entrance and Skansinn Church

Before the eruption, the harbor was unprotected from the eastern winds and the entrance was 2,624 feet (800 meters) in width. Today, it is only 525 feet (160 meters) wide, and one of the safest harbors in Iceland. A stop is also made at the Skansinn Church, a former fort built in 1586 and then rebuilt in 1630. Lava destroyed most of the fort; however, ruins of a seawater tank and electricity bollards remain. Your walking tour concludes at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two hours over uneven, gravel and grass surfaces, with some uphill walking and steps to negotiate. This tour 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.

Discover the splendid beauty and historic landmarks of the Westman Islands during this picturesque and informative sightseeing excursion.



Herjólfsdalur Valley and Stórhöfdi

Depart the perfectly formed natural harbor with its tall clifs and head to Herjólfsdalur Valley, where your guide points out ruins of old farmhouses dating from 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 Stórhöfdi, which offers splendid views overlooking the island and majestic glaciers of mainland Iceland.


The tour then continues along the scenic western part of the island, providing an opportunity to iew 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 harbour 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; then continue over the new lava fields and into the very centre 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, Icelands 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 stops over uneven surfaces, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Voyage Around Heimaey

Indulge your senses with the natural beauty and bird-life of the Westman Islands during this picturesque sightseeing voyage around Heimaey.


Depart Heimaey Harbour via boat and set sail for your circumnavigation of Heimaey. Proceed past the cliffs surrounding the harbour, which has long been a shelter for the Icelandic fishing fleet but was nearly lost due to a volcanic eruption on the island in 1973.


Along the way, pass by bird colonies with millions of inhabitants and explore caves that can only be visited by boat. The Westman Islands are home to one of the largest varieties of seabird species in Iceland, including puffin colonies that are home to an estimated six-to-eight-million puffins. Please note that all puffins leave the island around mid-August, so no puffins will be seen on the tour. The islands also include one of the world's largest gannet and guillemot colonies, along with numerous other species of nesting seabirds.


In addition to the bird life, orcas, dolphins and porpoises are often sighted. After viewing the island and bird cliffs from every angle, sail into the cliff-cave of Klettshellir, where a musical instrument is played on board the boat. The acoustics in the cave provide a memorable listening experience. Following your tour, return to the harbor, after disembarking the sightseeing boat, walk back to the tender landing point.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; however, the surfaces on the boat may be slippery, and boat shoes are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, and, at times, impossible to navigate. When circumnavigation is not possible, guests are shown the bird cliffs from as many different angles as possible. Although wildlife sightings are frequently observed on these excursions, they are not guaranteed.The boat is not exclusive to Silversea.