Reykjavík - Vestmannaeyjar
Rent a Bavaria 42 with a captain
A trip from Reykjavik to Vestmannaeyjar. The trip takes 5-6 days.
It takes 24 hours to sail there, 120 seamiles.
I arrive to Vestmannaeyjar and spend 1-2 days there and then head back.
You can explore the islands around and walk on the new lava.
Take a look at the culture and the unique bird life.
Available is a bus tour where you can see all the wonders of Heimaey
More facts about Vestmannaeyjar:
Vestmannaeyjar lie in the Southern Icelandic Volcanic Zone and have been formed by eruptions over the past 10,000-12,000 years. The islands are a very special place to visit, for many reasons. There are 15 islands, and about 30 rock stacks and skerries. Heimaey is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, and the largest and most populated island off the Icelandic coast with the population of 4200. Fishing is the main industry on the island.
On January 23rd, 1973, a volcanic eruption of the mountain Eldfell began on Heimaey and destroyd or damaged 60% of the island homes.
During the eruption, half of the town was crushed and the island expanded in length. The eruption increased the area of Heimaey from about 11.2 km2 (4.3 sq mi) to about 13.44 km2 (5.19 sq mi). Only one man died in the eruption: a sailor who was smothered while looting a pharmacy. It is a miracle that no one else died or got harmed.
The eruption lasted until July 3rd the same year. Townspeople constantly sprayed the lava with cold seawater, causing some of it to solidify and much to be diverted, thus saving the harbour from destruction. The people were elated that their livelihoods remained intact, even though much of their town had been destroyed. In the volcano, 11 streets went under lava.
Surtsey (Icelandic, meaning Surtsey "Surtr's island, a fire jötunn or giant from Norse mythology) is a volcanic island off the southern coast of Iceland. Surtsey is the southernmost point of Iceland. It was formed in a volcanic eruption which began on November 14th,1963. The eruption lasted until 5 June 1967 and is the longest eruption in icelandic history.
Surtsey was declared a nature reserve in 1965 while the eruption was still in active progress. Today only a small number of scientists are permitted to land on Surtsey; the only way anyone else can see it closely is from a small plane.
Immediately after the eruption , Surtsey was protected and It was intensively studied by volcanologists during its eruption, and afterwards by botanists and biologists as life forms gradually colonised the originally barren island.
Icelandic authorities have nominated the Surtsey Nature Reserve to the World Heritage List of UNESCO.