Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær…!

See the full story on my new website: Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær.

I have been drawn to Vestmannaeyjar ever since I first saw those mysterious island shapes shimmering on the horizon, on my first short trip to Iceland. It was like a force of nature that couldn’t be denied. I just had to go there.

Vestmannaeyjar shimmering in the distance

Vestmannaeyjar shimmering on the horizon. 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!

When I returned for a longer trip with more time to explore, those islands were first on my list.

I knew straight away this was one of those places I would want to come back to.

And that it wouldn’t be the last time I visited. I was in a constant state of natural high, and the ridiculous smile it induced never left my face during the 2 days I spent there. It was then when I first heard about this music festival, that had just been held a couple of weeks before. Perhaps you’ve seen this bewildering looking word that is the name of the festival: Þjóðhátíð.

Bizarre knoestigheid.

Jumbled rocks & incredible craggyness.

This is a short summary. You can find the full story & more pictures on my new website: Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær.

On the final night of the festival, people gather along the hillsides and happily sing along with Icelandic songs. Then I saw a video of the epic festival song – ‘Þar sem hjartað slær’, where its dramatic highlight unfolds. The complete mountainside was set on fire with a row of flames along the entire length of the valley. There seemed to be no end to it! I was struck with complete and utter awe by the sight of it all.

It spoke directly to my volcanic core ;-)

I was blown away. I had to see this for myself, and immerse myself into this incredible atmosphere.

The valley of magic

Herjólfsdalur is the location where the festival is held. It looks like a giant natural amphitheatre, with stupendous rocks rising up on all sides as you enter the valley. There is something about it that is just beyond words. It is as if there’s an unexplained energy emanating out of it. I could even sense it from a distance, that first time I saw the shapes of those islands shimmering on the horizon.


As I gaze upon the valley of magic, I shall fear no heights ;-)

Read the full story on my new website: Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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