Situated off the southern coast of the country of Iceland, the Westman Islands are an archipelago which gained international attention when Eldfell Volcano erupted in 1973. Today, these geologically young islands continue to be transformed by volcanoes both above and below the ocean. A popular adventure tourism destination in the region, the Westman Islands are made up of the islands of:
Together with these main islands in addition to a few smaller islands and about 30 rock stacks, these islands are considered the Pompei of the North.
Otherwise known as Vestmannaeyjar, the Westman Islands are only home to around 4,000 residents. Their remoteness, geologic activity and their small population all serve to benefit the local wildlife as this region remains quite wild and is known for its diversity and stunning natural beauty.
Visitors to this beautiful and diverse landscape are privy to a variety of sites, destinations and adventures. Whether exploring the Natural History Museum or Skansinn, there is plenty to see and do throughout the year and no matter the weather.
Bus tours of the area offer visitors the opportunity to explore many of the quaint villages and small towns located throughout while stops along the way allow visitors to get up close and personal with the local wildlife including the many Puffins who can be found throughout the region.
While the islands may be geologic babies in the grand scheme the the world, they are still close to 40,000 years old and have a long history of habitation. For this reason, historic tours offer visitors a unique opportunity to learn more about the areas first residents, the early Norse.
History and tours aside, outdoor destinations and adventures are by far the most popular way to enjoy the region for most including fishing, whale watching, rock climbing, swimming and even horseback riding.
Some of the most popular must see attractions in the islands today include Stórhöfði, the windiest place in Iceland with wind speeds of over 62 mph; Heimaklettur, a rock formation known for its stunning views of the region as well as plenty of lava fields and caves.
Rustic and wild, ideal for travel and filled with history and culture, find an adventure when you travel to southern Iceland and the amazing Westman Islands.
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