AH36 Vestmannaeyjar - Pompei of the North


  • The south coast of Iceland
  • Fascinating history of Vestmannaeyjar islands
  • Eldheimar volcano museum
  • Colourful lave caves by the sea
  • Spectacular bird life
  • The echoes of Klettshellir cave

Tour Description:

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 Heimaey island.

You will visit the puffin nesting area in Stórhöfði promontory and get to walk up to the crater of Mt. Eldfell volcano as well as exploring the flora of the new lava field. After a lunch break there is a boat cruise where you'll explore colourful ocean cave,s watch thousands of sea birds and, if in luck, a groups of whales. 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.

Tour availability and details

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Departure: 07:30
Pick-up: 06:45
Duration: 14 hours

Complimentary hotel pick-up service. 

Children fars: 

Child (0-6): FREE 

Youth (7-15): 50% off 

Tour is available: 15 May - 15 Sep (2017)

This tour is operated by Gray Line Iceland -- A leading tour operator in Iceland.  


Price: 26.900 ISK
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Itinerary Details:

Tour Departures:

Departure at 07:30 (pick-up at 07:00)
Daily in June, July and August.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 15 May until 31 May and from 1 September until 15 September.


11,5 hours

Minimum requirements:

A minimum of 3 passengers are required to operate the tour.


Complimentary pick-up and drop-off for hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik
Round-trip transportation
Professional travel guide in Vestmannaeyjar islands
Entrance fee to Eldheimar volcano museum
Boat tour in Vestmannaeyjar


Meals, refreshments



All departures, all year round

Redemption Instructions

Please present a printed copy of your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure. If for any reason you cannot print your voucher, then show your digital copy or e-mail confirmation.

Pickup from hotels and guesthouses starts 45 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.

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