May 9, 2016

South Iceland: Westman Islands but really Heimaey Island

Heimaey Island, the largest island of the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), was spectacular. It was almost like we were in a movie. There were young local families walking the neighborhood, people working on their homes or gardening, and others moving in. Everyone seemed happy. We drank the Kool-Aid, as they say. We definitely should have stayed the night. We couldn't believe how amazing it was. Were we really on an island that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption?

The ferry over to the island was easy and organized, classic Iceland. We left the car for the day and walked on the ferry. Heimaey Island is small so it was easy to get around. While there, we hiked the red volcanic mountain, visited the Eldheimar Interactive Exhibition (most well done museum, ever. Ever.) and hiked Herjólfsdalur behind the music festival venue. Of course, the views were stunning. Can I move in?

{ Herjólfsdal and the the very steep zigzag hill }

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