Vestmannaeyjar is an archipelago on the south coast of Iceland. The town has a population of around 4.200 inhabitants, and it became famous after the eruption of Eldfell volcano, in 1973. Thousands of people are visiting Vestmannaeyjar during the National Festival, when the residents of the island celebrate their anniversary.
The town has an airport, Vestmannaeyjar Airport (also known as Westman Islands Airport), which is connected to Reykjavik through Eagle Air airlines. There are multiple flights per day between the two cities; one flight lasts maximum 25 minutes. The best idea for any traveler to Vestmannaeyjar Airport is to rent a car from a car hire agent as soon as you landed. It will help you to arrive in the town, but also to visit and explore the island.
The town on the lava field
The town of Vestmannaeyjar is located on the Heimaney Island, the largest one of the 18 islands in the Westman archipelago. There are many things to see on the island and a lot of nice hiking paths.
Make sure you will have time to visit the Natural History Museum, the best one in Iceland. You will be able to see there fishes and a lot of other marine creatures, stuffed birds and a great collection of minerals from the entire Iceland. You should visit the place called “Skansinn” in the harbor, a unique place in Iceland and one of the oldest buildings on the Iceland. Nowadays, it is the house of the medical museum.
Another must see tourist attraction is the most recent lava field on the island. You will notice it is meters above the street level and you can read signs that mark the important spots of the former place.
Live your own adventure on the island
Vestmannaeyjar and the entire island have a lot of things to do and see for everybody who visits it. You could start with a drive to Storhofoi, one of the windiest place in Europe, where the wind speed passes 100km/h most of the time. The view is simply fabulous, but you will need a car to reach the place, so make sure you rent one from a car hire supplier at Vestmannaeyjar Airport.
You must go on a cruise around the islands. A round trip takes around 90 minutes, but you will have the chance to see amazing caves, birds, whales and dolphins. It could be the best trip of your life!