Ferry route opens to Icelands Vestmannaeyjar islands

Ferry route opens to Icelands Vestmannaeyjar islands

A new ferry route on Iceland’s south coast is set to become the first high-speed link to the country’s Vestmannaeyjar islands, home to dramatic scenery, volcanic landscapes and ‘Pompeii of the North’ excavations.

Located seven miles off coast of Iceland, the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago is famous for its fiery volcano, which created a new island during a four-year eruption in the 1960s before covering a third of Heimaey – the largest and most inhabited island in the archipelago – during a separate eruption in 1973. Today, the island hosts excavations that are open to visitors and give an insight into the destructive force of volcano Eldfell.

Ferry routes operating from Bakkafjara pier – due to open in July 2010 – to Heimaey will take just 25 minutes, reducing previous crossing times by more than two hours. Iceland Excursions is organising day trips from Reykjavik that will include sightseeing on Heimaey with visits to the excavations and lava fields, plus a trip to the large puffin colonies at Storhof?i and a wildlife-spotting cruise around the islands. The tours are scheduled to depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July-September and will cost around ?155.


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