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Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar, an archipelago of volcanic islands off the south coast with Heimaey being the only inhabited island. Two historical events have shaped this island, the Turkish invasion of 1627 and the devastating eruption of 1973. A project to unearth buried houses was named Pompeii of the North and is still ongoing.

Built around one of the excavated houses, the Eldheimar Museum offers an unforgettable experience of remembering that fateful eruption. Today, Heimaey is a thriving fishing community and a popular tourist destination.

The Cake of the Year competition was won by Westman Islands baker, Davið Arnórsson from Stofan Bakery. This delicious skyr-based cake is sold all year throughout the country in bakeries aligned with the National Association of Bakers.

There is no shortage of activities on the Westman Islands. Cliff hanging or Spranga is a favourite past time for the locals, wonderful boat trips around the islands give the opportunity to see whales and puffins close-up. Sightseeing trips of the island are offered and there are many great walking trails too. There are three museums in town.

The excellent 18-hole golf course is set in an old volcanic crater under steep cliffs. The Volcano Open is played here annually. Heimaey has an airport for flights to and from Reykjavík and the ferry goes to Landeyjarhöfn or Þorlákshöfn on the mainland. Please check which harbour is being used on the day of your departure.

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