Westman Islands - Visiting Heimay, Iceland
The Westman Islands came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption from a fissure that opened, destroying many buildings, and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland. The eruption officially lasted 5 months and by that time, more than 400 buildings had been buried and collapsed under the weight of tephra, burned by bombs or crushed by lava. A new scoria-crater had formed soon to be named Eldfel (Fire Mountain).
Your guide will escort you on the short ferry ride to Heimay where you will be able to explore the island consider the 1973 and previous eruptions, the effect on the land, the people and the future.
The excellent new Eldheimar museum focuses particularly on one cottage, where elements of everyday life coexist with petrified ash forming dramatic waterfalls around the building. In the cottage that houses the museum, each item was painstaking removed as ash and lava were cleaned away, then placed back in the exact spot where they were found - to give the impression the home was completely frozen in time. The area is being called the ‘Pompeii of the North’.
Please contact our expert team at FHT today for prices and full details of this trip.