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Vestmannaeyjar - Pompeii of the North Tour From Reykjavik

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Key Highlights

  • Vestmannaeyjar is one of Iceland's best kept sectrets - discover these enchanting islands for yourself
  • Take a cruise to see the drama of the cliffs and shoreline
  • Wonderful tour for bird-watchers
  • Listen to music echoing in an ocean cave
  • Walk on one of the world's newest lava fields
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    15 May - 31 May: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    01 Jun – 31 Aug: Daily
    01 Sep - 15 Sep: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    01 May'17- 31 May'17:Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    01 Sep'17- 30 Sep'17:Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday


    12 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered

    Alternate meeting point: You can join the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at your hotel

  • Overview & Itinerary


    For a taste of island magic visit the remote Vestmannaeyar archipelago off the southern coast of Iceland.

    These green jewels set in a freezing sea seem to be havens of peace but the gigantic forces that created them can erupt at any time. Learn about the fascinating geology of this volcanic area and see some of the newest lava fields.

    Enjoy the beautiful and varied landscape and watch seabirds wheeling above the towering cliffs. Meet the comical puffins that breed on the Storhofdi promontory.

    Take a boat trip to see the islands from the water and visit echoing ocean caves. You may even find pods of killer whales cruising along with you!


    Discover the some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth when you take the Vestmannaeyjar - Pompeii of the North Tour From Reykjavik.

    At the start of the tour, you will be picked up from your hotel/guest-house in Reykjavik at around 7:00am. The tour departs at 7:30am.

    A transfer bus (non-guided) will take you to the pier at Bakkafjara on the south coast (about a 1 hour drive) to catch your ferry to the Vestmannaeyjar, or Westman Islands.

    The Vestmannaeyjar archipelago lies off the south coast of Iceland, and consists of several small volcanic islands. Vestmannaeyjar is truly a wonder of nature. The youngest island of the group celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2003 and the oldest one is close to 40,000 years old!

    From Bakkafjara the ferry (non-guided transfer) takes 30 minutes to reach the islands. Once there, you will be greeted by a local guide and join a bus tour around Heimaey, the largest island in the group and the only one that is inhabited.

    The islands were settled in about 874 AD, originally by escaped Irish slaves belonging to Norsemen on the mainland. Later, Heimaey became the center of the Icelandic fishing industry.

    You will visit the puffins on Storhofdi headland – the southernmost inhabited spot of the country. It is 122 metres high, mostly precipitous, and occupied by thousands of sea birds during the breeding season. The puffin population alone is estimated to be 700,000.

    Discover more about the natural forces that shaped these islands when you walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only a few years ago. You will also have the chance to explore the flora of a new lava field.

    In the afternoon, join a boat cruise showcasing many of the natural wonders of Vestmannaeyjar – colorful ocean caves, myriad of seabirds and, occasionally, groups of whales. On the return from the cruise you will enjoy instrumental music in the natural echo of an ocean cave known as Klettshellir.

    The ferry takes you back to the mainland, where our bus is waiting to take you back to Reykjavík. The return transfer (ferry and bus) is non-guided.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • Ferry ticket
    • English-speaking local guide in Vestmannaeyjar


    • Meals and beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Passengers must reconfirm tour and pick up details on the day prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.

    You will be picked up at your hotel 45 minutes prior to tour departure.

    Please carry a copy of your voucher along with you.

    The itineraries in special circumstances may be altered. A suitable alternative will be provided.

    A minimum of 3 passengers are required to operate the tour

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.The return transfer (ferry and bus) is non-guided
  • Reviews
    • Great day out, however it was the first time our bus driver had done the trip so he was a little unsure of exact schedule though he got us there and back safely. Boat trip around...

      Howard M Ross