Explore the land of puffins with a tour of the volcanic Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar). All of Iceland's seabirds can be found on this archipelago off the south coast from the guillemot, gannet, kittiwake, Iceland gull, and puffins which is so plentiful it has become the island’s national emblem.
The Westman Islands have the highest proportion of Atlantic Puffin anywhere in the world. You will see them on the isles and rocks with their lifelong partners, protecting their burrows, and in the waters, where they are feeding. As you view the colonies clinging to the cliffs you will also see the 200-metre high Eldfell volcano on the island of Heimaey. Learn how the lava flow was halted by sea water when it last erupted in 1973. This resulted a month-long evacuation from the island we see today.
As you island hop around the archipelago you will encounter a new island in the shape of Surtsey. Hear how this UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed in a volcanic eruption which began 130 metres below sea level, and reached the surface on 14 November 1963. The eruption lasted until 5 June 1967, when the island reached its maximum size. A day of viewing the endearing puffins and seeing active volcanoes combines to create the perfect experience for the whole family.
Additional notes about the tour
Best time to visit is late May to Early September.