The walking track to Eldfell

See the full description on my new website: ∞ The walking track to Eldfell – The Fiery Mountain.

The walk to the top of Eldfell is the one every visitor to Heimaey wants to do. It’s that famous volcano that spectacularly erupted out of nowhere in January 1973. The track is easily accessible, with incredible views everywhere you look. From the top you can gawk onto the impressive lava flow that was furiously roiling & boiling only a few decades ago, and single-handedly enlarged the island by several square kilometers.

The walking track to Eldfell

The harbour entrance of Heimaey, between towering cliffs and the huge lava flows from Eldfell.

This is a short summary. You can find the full description & more pictures on my new website: ∞ The walking track to Eldfell – The Fiery Mountain.

The eruption almost devastated the island, causing the entire population to evacuate overnight. But the intimidating lava flow that nearly closed off the harbour also created a new & improved version, making it even better and more sheltered than it was before.

Meandering paths across the lava field

There are various paths across the lava field, with memorial signposts with the names of the streets that are now buried 30 to 60 meters below the lava.

Memorial signpost Austurvegur, Eldfell volcano, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Track through the lava field, with the towering shape of Heimaklettur in the background. It’s incredibly beautiful, but intimidating at the same time…

View to Eyjafjallajökull from Eldfell volcano, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

View to that other famous volcano, across the sea on the mainland.

If you walk along to the very end of the colourful top ridge, you can find some steamholes still emanating heat from below. In wintertime, when Eldfell has been snowed upon, you can see exactly where it’s still warm on the top ;-) And yes, you might catch some northern lights too…!

Eldfell volcano with snow and northern lights, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Nowadays, Eldfell occasionally still erupts a rainbow ;-)

You can read how to get to Vestmannaeyjar in this article.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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The walking track to Eldfell

Wilderness Coffee with a view ;-)

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