Vestmannaeyjar

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Vestmannaeyjar (63°26’37.51″N 20°16’24.96″W) is a town and archipelago of 15 to18 islands,  depending how they are classed. The largest Island, Heimaey has a population of 4100 people. Vestmannaeyjar is the mosth . Heimaey is the largest and the most populated island of the Icelandic coast. To get to Vestmannaeyjar, there are two possibilities. One is to take a 20 minutes flight, or the Ferry Herjólfur. There are two ports in use today for Herjolfur, during the summer and when the weather permits in the winter is the“Landeyjarhöfn” port. The distance to Landeyjarhöfn from Reykjavik is 130 km ( 80 miles ) and the ferry time to Vestmannaeyjar is 35 minutes. During the winter, when the weather is bad, Þorlákshöfn port is used. The distance from Reykjavík is 45 km and ferry time to Vestmannaeyjar is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

On January 23rd 1973 a huge volcanic eruption started without any sign or warning. Over 5000 people had to be evacuated immediately in the middle of the night. The eruption lasted until the middle of July the same year. Many people never returned.

Accommodation

A list of hotels, guesthouses, cottages, youth hostel, and camping can be found at :  (http://tjalda.is/en/herjolfsdalur/ )

Services and leisure

Services and leisure activities include restaurants, coffee houses, swimming pool, 18 hole golf course,  Segway sightseeing, biking tours, boat sightseeing around Heimaey, volcano and puffin tours. A volcano museum of remembrance in Vestmannaeyjar, Eldheimar-http://eldheimar.is/en/ . The Folk museum-  http://www.sagnheimar.is/en/. An interesting tour, Pompeii of the North tour.The Sæheimar Aquarium – largest aquarium in Iceland  http://saeheimar.is/en

Annual festival

Goslokahátíð

Þjódhatid

The town festival “goslokahátion “ takes place every year on the 3rd of July, the day in 1973 the eruption in Heimaey ended. Activities occur from Thursday to Sunday with art and photo exhibiton, concerts, barbeque, live music and the highlight is an outdoor party on Saturday night.

One of the biggest festivals in Iceland is Þjóðhátið which takes place in the end of July or the beginning of August every year. It has a various activities for the whole family during the day, but from night till dawn, it is live music, party and dancing-.https://www.dalurinn.is/en

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Geothermal areas

Grettislaug

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Geothermal areas

Laugarvallarlaug

Laugarvallarlaug geothermal Pool Laugarvallarlaug geothermal pool is located in the green valley of Laugarvalladalur in North East Iceland close to the river Jökulsá í Dal.

Villages

Norðurfjörður

Norðurfjörður  (GPS 66° 3’3.88″N  21°32’58.67″W) is located in the Westfjords, on the northwest side in an area called Strandir. This is the least populated municipality