Price

from 40.310 ISK/person (if 4 people in the car)

Availibility

May-October, daily

Duration

14 hours

Pick-up

8 am

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itinerary

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavik and drive along the beautiful Icelandic South Coast to Landeyjahöfn, a small harbor not far from the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
From here, the boat ride to the Westman Islands, Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic, is only 30-40 minutes long.
Make sure you have your cameras ready because during this short journey you will have some of the most spectacular views of the Westman Islands as you get closer to their unique cliffs and hills.

As we sail towards Heimaey, the largest and only inhabited island of the archipelago, we will be able to admire some romantic looking isolated houses on the smallest islands, which were used for puffin hunting, a tradition which is not very popular anymore, but which helped the people from the Westman Islands survive through the centuries.

You will learn all about the volcanic history of the islands by visiting the interesting Eldheimar Museum, an interactive museum built around the ruins of a house covered by lava during the eruption of the Eldfell volcano in 1973. This huge eruption forced the inhabitants to flee, destroyed many buildings and changed the shape of the island. The museum shows the strength and determination of Icelandic people, telling a story that it is important to know if you are visiting these unique islands.

You will then have the opportunity to hike Eldfell volcano, feel the rocks that are still warm from the eruption and see the new lava fields that were formed during the last eruption.

We will drive to Stórhöfði, Europe’s windiest place. From here you will have a spectacular view of the Westman Islands, you will meet some local sheep and, with some luck, you will see a lot of puffins flying around.

We will explore Herjólfsdalur, a magical valley surrounded by cliffs and green hills where you will admire the beautiful Elephant Rock and the ruins of a farmhouse of the first settlers of the Westman Islands.

Our tour of the Westman Islands will finish with a visit to the Sæheimar Museum and Aquarium, where you will learn about the islands’ unique geology and topography, you will discover the different animals that live here and you might even get the chance to meet a puffin. The museum is, in fact, also a rescue center for birds, some of which sometimes need more help than others, so they end up staying here.

After a full day exploring the islands, return to Reykjavik, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.       

prices

Private Tour in Modified Jeep for:

1 passenger: 142.160 kr.

2 passengers: 148.520 kr.

3 passengers: 154.880 kr.

4 passengers: 161.240 kr.

Highlights

  • Eldheimar Museum
  • Eldfell volcano
  • Stórhöfði, Europe’s windiest spot
  • Puffins
  • Elephant Rock
  • Herjólfsdalur valley
  • Sæheimar Museum

Important Information

  • Please note: pick-up outside the metropolitan area is at an extra cost of 25000 isk per every additional 50 km
  • Pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavik.
  • Please confirm at time of booking.
  • Transport: comfortable 4×4 jeep

Included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavik
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Round trip ferry transport
  • Entrance fee to Eldheimar museum
  • Entrance fee to Sæheimar museum
  • Fresh bottled water
  • Free WiFi in the vehicle

Not included

  • Food and drinks

what to bring

warm & waterproof clothes, camera

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