The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Heimaey you can find Stafsnes, a beautiful hidden beach in a sheltered cove behind the impressive folded cliffs of Bl√°tindur. It’s almost like Hawaii – but without the palm trees ūüėČ Continue reading


The walking track to Klif – The beacon rock

Klif is the bulky, flat-topped rock on the other side of the Ei√įi√į isthmus, across from Heimaklettur. You can haul yourself up the stunning cliff of Klif along ropes and chains attached to the upper parts. That may sound a bit discouraging, but it’s actually Continue reading

The walking track to Bl√°tindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

Bl√°tindur is not for the faint-hearted. It’s that imposing peak rising up majestically above Herj√≥lfsdalur, and it requires some serious scrambling up its steep and craggy slope. There are no chains or ropes along the track, nor any carved out steps. So you have to be prepared to Continue reading

The walking track to Herj√≥lfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

There are many beautiful walks around the island of Heimaey Рand 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