Silversea Luxury Cruises À 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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Excursions depuis 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

Discover stunning Heimaey, or Home Island, the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and the most populated island off the Icelandic coast. Heimaey also carries the distinction of being the only populated island in this archipelago.


Enjoy a 90-minute sail around this scenic, grassy island with its steep cliff faces home to a variety of sea birds, as well as colorful homes and buildings that lead to the busy harbor's edge. Settled in 900 AD, this historic island is (along with others in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago) often visited frequently by the locals for bird hunting and egg collection.


Heimaey Island is known for its epic Eldfell volcanic eruption in 1973, which threatened to destroy the harbor and did take many of the homes of the island's 5,000 inhabitants. Learn how residents thwarted the lava's path of destruction with cold sea water in order to save the harbor (and the residents' livelihood).


As you sail around Heimaey, see this spectacular land mass from the water from the vantage point of the Vikings. Learn from your guide about the history of the islands, sagas of the Vikings, and the geological history. See the many rock formations and sail along the new lava that enlarged the Heimaey island by 2 km as a result of the 1973 eruption.


Bring your binoculars to see the many bird species around Vestmannaeyjar that nest on the cliffs and on the surrounding islands. Species you may see include the iconic puffin, fulmats, kittiwakes and gannets. In addition, seals and whales sometimes duck up in high summer such as orcas, porpoises and dolphins.


A highlight of this sail is the sea caves you sail past, Fjósið which is inside the cape Höfði, referred to as the windiest place in Europe, and Klettshellir which is known for its marvelous acoustics.


At the end of your circumnavigation, disembark from your vessel and make the return walk to the ship.



Please note: This tour involves minimal activity (aside from the walk to and from the sailing vessel) but is not wheelchair accessible; guests must be able to enter and exit the boat with minimal assistance. Minimum age to participate is 2 years of age. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothes with layers, as temperatures out on the water are cooler than on land. Shoes with non-slip soles recommended. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings likely but not guaranteed.

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

Explore the fascinating geologic features and history of Heimaey, or Home Island, the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and the most populated island off the Icelandic coast. Heimaey also carries the distinction of being the only populated island in this archipelago. Take a nearly four-hour walking tour that features the impact, history and resulting topography of the 1973 Eldfell volcano eruption.


Skansinn Stave Church

Walk from the pier to Skansinn, the site of ruins from a 15th century fort built to defend the harbor from pirates. Sadly, this strategy was none too successful as Algerian pirates simply landed on the opposite side of the island. The walls of the fort were encircled by the 1973 flow of lava. See the striking stave church, a replica of the Haltdalen stave church originally built in 1170, painted a bold black color that matches the volcanic rock surrounding it.


Eldfell Volcano

Walk on the lava field of the most recent 1973 Eldfell eruption. Heimaey Island is known for its epic Eldfell volcanic eruption in 1973, which threatened to destroy the harbor and did take many of the homes of the island's 5,000 inhabitants. Learn how residents thwarted the lava's path of destruction with cold sea water in order to save the harbor (and the residents' livelihood).


Eldheimar Volcano Museum

Walk 20 minutes back to the town center to visit the captivating museum, Eldheimar, which translates to "worlds of fire." Opening in 2014, the Eldheimar museum is a chance for visitors to revisit the volcanic eruption events of 1973, getting deep insight of the island through this snapshot of life on Heimaey as well as the devastation wreaked by the volcano. Learn how on that fateful night, the vast majority of the islanders were evacuated, not returning until months later. The museum also has an exhibit on the Surtsey eruption, the island that emerged from the ocean south of Heimaey in 1963.


After your museum tour make the 30-minute walk back to the ship.



Please note: This excursion involves extensive activity of 3.5 to 4km of walking and hiking over uneven and grassy terrain and some paved surfaces; no hiking experience required but each guest responsible for assessing their own level of physical fitness before embarking on this tour. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and/or in a wheelchair. Children with experience hiking may participate with parents; no small children unless in a baby carrier. Guests are recommended to wear warm, layered clothing and sturdy walking/hiking shoes; no open-toed shoes permitted. Space on this tour is somewhat limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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.