Lava Walk with a Local | Westman Islands

Lava Walk with a Local | Westman Islands

Relive the history of Westman Islands on this 2-hour walk, focused on the eruption which began without warning on the Eastern side of Heimaey on 23 January, 1973. Learn about the spectacular race against time to save the harbour, the inhabitant’s hasty departure to mainland and how the events have shaped the island’s character. Walk on new lava and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Mount Eldfell (200m), a newly-formed volcano that erupted for about 6 months. Available from May to October.

Operated by: Booking Westman Islands

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Meeting Point: Vestmannaeyjahöfn Harbour


  • Visit Skansinn old fort and Norse timber church
  • Enjoy a fun and lively walk over the lava
  • Hike up to Mount Eldfell, the youngster volcano
  • Learn about the volcanic history of the Westman Islands
  • Get panoramic views over the Westman Islands


  • Guidance

Please bring

  • Waterproof and warm parka
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Gloves
  • Warm socks
  • Woolen cap
  • Shoes suited to terrain
  • Camera

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