There are places in Iceland that simply need to be experienced. Vestmannaeyjar, “Westmen Islands”, are in that group by virtue of their natural beauty and the bounty of their wildlife, particularly birds. The islands are part of a young and still active submarine volcanic system, most of them coming into being 10-20.0000 years ago.
The famous eruption on Heimaey island, the largest and the only inhabited island, was even more spectacular. It began in January 1973 and lasted until early July. The Eldfell Volcano rose as it erupted and the island became 2,3 km2 larger. Lava flow and ash burned or buried almost 400 buildings. The remains of the eruption are among the island´s most fascinating historical locales.