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In 2006 I went on an impromptu trip to Iceland. Along the south coast, I drove through some of the most overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. It was beyond anything I could have imagined beforehand. The moment I saw those mysterious island shapes of Vestmannaeyjar shimmering on the horizon, I felt immediately drawn to them. I decided there & then I just had to go back.

Vestmannaeyjar, south coast, Suðurland, Iceland

Vestmannaeyjar shimmering in the distance. Those mysterious wisps of fog swirling around the island to the left (Elliðaey) are what is called ‘dalalæða‘ in Icelandic – a spectacular phenomenon to see!

The islands were coughed up from the sea in a series of eruptions from the hotspot that flows underneath, which continues to create more additions at irregular intervals. In 1963 another island, Surtsey, arrived in spectacular fashion, and in 1973 a grassy field on Heimaey erupted out of nowhere and created a whole new mountain.

Sailing into Heimaey harbour, through a narrow opening surrounded by a jumbled chain of steep cliffs on one side, and a huge field of intimidating lava flows on the other side is just mind-blowing.

NaturePic Challenge – Remote Islands # 7: Vestmannaeyjar


Midnight sunset on Heimaey.

How to get to Vestmannaeyjar

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(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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