Well, the answer to that is simple: Our visitor’s number one regret is not having spent enough time on Westman Islands. Westman Islands are quite often the highlight of their trip to Iceland.
If you like Icelandic nature then you will love Vestmannaeyjar and you will want to stay there longer to experience all the magical things the island has to offer.
Westman Islands has the biggest puffin colony in the world, and there are many different ways to explore the puffins on the Island!
Since the new harbor in Landeyjahofn was built, the tourism service on the island has improved a lot, new restaurants have emerged, new tours have been developed, new hotels, hostels and guesthouses, and new museums built and other museums renovated. The people of Westman Islands greet the increased number of guests that come to experience their little island in a friendly manner.
We offer a lot of interesting activities, like adventurous boat tours where you will sense nature in close proximity or driving an ATV on the volcano!
Some people like to hike or ride a bike around the small island of Heimaey. Many people enjoy the guidance of the locals in a car or a bus tour around the island and even going on a kayak tour with a local guide visiting sea caves and enjoying the bird life!
The history of the islands is remarkable and is expressed in the Folk Museum Sagnheimar, the Aquarium and Museum of Nature Sæheimar and of course, the new Volcano Museum Eldheimar, which exhibits the history of the eruption on Heimaey 1973 and Surtsey from 1963-1967. You can also visit the first beluga whale sanctuary in the world!
In recent years Westman Islands have become renowned for the great restaurants which offer quality food from nature around the islands, with great fish, local dishes, and also international dishes. Westman Islands was nominated in the Nordic Food Destination category by the Embla Food Awards in 2021!