Information about Heimaey

 

Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, south of the mainland, and the only inhabited one, with a population of around 4000 people.

The volcano Eldfell is situated on Heimaey. This volcano brought the islands to international attention when it erupted in 1973. The highest mountain of the Westman Islands is also located on Heimaey, the 283 high he tuff mountain Heimaklettur. 

In 1984 fisherman Gudlaugur Fritthorsson saved his life as his boat went down by swimming a distance of about six kilometers to Heimaey, with the sea temperature about 6 degrees Celsius. Director Baltasar Kormakur based his film Djupid on this remarkable feat.

In the first weekend of August, the Verslunarmannahelgi people flock to Heimaey from all around to attend the weekend long outdoor festival Thjodhatid i Eyjum. Read more about this festival in our Top Ten Festivals in Iceland article.

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Attractions nearby Heimaey

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock is a natural rock formation on the Westman Islands archipelago, located approximately 7.4 kilometres off Iceland's south coast.&nb...

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Vestmannaeyjar

  The Westman Islands have the largest nest of Puffins in the world and you may see many whales around the island. Heimaey is the only one that ...

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Eldfell

  Eldfell ('Mountain of Fire') is a composite volcano cone in Heimaey in the Westman Islands. It is just over 200 meters high. The vol...

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Surtsey

Surtsey is a volcanic island, part of the Westman Islands and formed by an underwater volcanic eruption in 1963.  Surtsey was declared a na...

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Gljufrabui

Gljúfrabúi ("Canyon Dweller“) is a beautiful waterfall located at Hamragarðar in South Iceland, close to its bette...

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Seljalandsfoss

  Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country. Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cas...

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Akurey

  Akurey is a small island in Kollafjordur bay, off the shore of Reykjavik. There is plenty of birdlife in the island as many puffins nest the...

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Fljótshlíð

  Fljotshlid is a beautiful farming district in southern Iceland. It is one of the main sites for Njal's Saga, a masterpiece of the saga lit...

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Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur is a small town of 950 people in south Iceland, conveniently located by the ring road. The local airport has flights to the Westman I...

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Eyjafjallajökull

  The glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) is located at the borders of the South Icelandic highlands. It featured prominently in world ...

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Skógafoss

  Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters...

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Skriðuklaustur

Skriduklaustur is a culture and learning institute in the valley of Fljotsdalur in East Iceland. It is a historical site and home to the Gunnar instit...

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Skógar

Skogar, in South Iceland, is a popular destination for travelers. It has a population of about 20 people, features a regional museum and and is close ...

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Gígjökull

Gigjokull is one of two glacier outlets from the glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the other being Steinholtsjokull. The 2010 Eyjafjallajokull erupt...

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South Shore

From Reykjanesta and the next 100 km onwards, the south shore is characterized by lava formations constantly battered by the wild ocean waves (‘...

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Stakkholtsgjá

  Stakkholtsgja is an up to 100 meters deep and  2 kilometers long canyon in South Iceland. The canyon is located near the entrance to Tho...

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Þórsmörk

Nestled between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindfjallajökull is Þórsmörk (Thor's V...

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Miðás Breeding Farm

Midas is a horse farm near Hella in South Iceland. The farm is run by farmers Asta Begga Olafsdottir and Gisli Sveinsson. It features a stable, a r...

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Sólheimasandur

Solheimasandur is a vast area of sand and gravel along the south coast of Iceland, between the cliffs of the interior and the modern shoreline. It was...

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Hella

Hella is a small town of around 781 people (as of 2011), located in South Iceland, around 94 km from the capital. It is an important regional centre&n...

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Tours near Heimaey

One Hour Small Island Tour in Vestmannaeyjar

This popular tour takes about 1 hour and includes 5 caves that we go inside, the cannon ball......

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Westman Islands Private Tour

On this tour we visit the beautiful Westman Islands. Rich in history and birdlife, the islands......

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Scenic Flying Tour | Volcanoes, South Highlands & Great Glaciers

Come along on a scenic "flightseeing" tour over the infamous glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull......

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Vestmannaeyjar Transfer Flight & RIB Safari Boat Tour

The tour starts with a flight from Bakki airport on the south coast of Iceland. The flight takes......

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