The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

There are many beautiful walks around the island of Heimaey – and it would be difficult to choose just one if you have limited time. The track from the harbour up the backroad to Herjólfsdalur and Dalfjall is probably my favourite. It circles around the ridge above Herjólfsdalur, and the density of spectacular sights Continue reading


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. It’s very colourful, the track is easily accessible, and the views are absolutely stunning in all directions. From the top you can gawk onto the impressive Continue reading

Eldfell erupting a rainbow

Eldfell suddenly arrived in spectacular fashion on the island of Heimaey on 23 January 1973, and caused quite some upheaval. After it finished its business on July 3 of that same year, it now lies Continue reading

The walking track to Helgafell – The twin volcano

Poor old Helgafell is often a bit overlooked, as everyone flocks to its famous neighbour Eldfell. For a long time, Helgafell was the ruling volcano on Heimaey. The one that merged the chain of rocks to the north and Stórhöfði to the south into the present island, its classic volcano-shaped silhouette dominating the interior. Until Eldfell turned up Continue reading

Dalalæða – Spectacular waterfalls of fog

The setting sun can create quite some stunning special effects. It’s always captivating to see it plunging down into the sea and light up the sky in brilliant colours. Sometimes, if the conditions are right, something truly spectacular can occur. Continue reading

The walking track to Heimaklettur – The Home Rock

Heimaklettur is the biggest rock in the jumbled chain of cliffs wrapped around the harbour of Heimaey, the main island of Vestmannaeyjar. The harbour entrance is stunningly beautiful. People coming in on the ferry are often triggered into a photo-frenzy when they sail into it, through a narrow Continue reading