Did you know
That Surtsey is the youngest (newest) island in the world
For bird-watcher there are serveral intresting locations from Kaplagjóta near the camping area on the west side of the island and along the western coastline to the southern tip of the island at Stórhöfði where the light house and the weather station are located.
In this area during the breeding season, it is possible to observe nearly all the species of birds that nest in the Vestmannaeyjar cliffs. Passerines and waders also nest in the grassy area between the the airport and coastline.
Birds are also abundant in the area behind the airport on the south-west side of the island near Litlahöfði, Sæfjall and Stakkabót. For those that are good walkers, there is a good hike running east, starting with a climb over the cliff called Há to the east of the camping area, and then over Dalfjall and down the north-west of the camping grounds.
There are always plenty of birds near the harbour, and at the harbour entrance. If one is fortunate, it is even possible to observe the Manx Shearwater on the sea near their breeding grounds on Ystiklettur, the first cliff beside the harbour entrance. The Storm Petral and Leach´s Petral also breed on Ystiklettur but are only out and about during the night.
These tree species are rarely found anywhere else in Iceland. On hikes near the volcanoes and up on the lava field it is best to keep mainly to the roads,then taking short walks off the road into the lava if desired. The reason for this is that the lava is very rough and sharp in places, and difficult to traverse.
Hiking up the volcanoes, Helgafell and Eldfell, is quite easy and going down into the crater of Eldfell does not present any difficulties either. Nonetheless, hikers can never be too careful on the hiking trails along the coastlines, and they must take special care near the cliff edges, which are often very steep and covered with loose dirt or gravel.