Boat Tours


The Westman Islands archipelago are a truly spectacular natural phenomenon off the South coast of Iceland. A total of 15 islands have formed in the last 12,000 years of volcanic eruptions. The islands are located on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge, making it a highly active volcanic area. When visiting the islands, a sightseeing boat tour around the main island Heimaey is simply a must do.

BT-08 Westman Islands Boat Tour – Sightseeing Tour around Heimaey

The Heimaey island is notable for its relatively recent volcanic eruption, which was totally unexpected, on January 23rd, 1973. Luckily, all the their ships were docked in by the harbor, and they were used to get the locals off the island. The sightseeing tour will start from this historic harbor. You will then set sail and comfortably drift around the beautiful archipelago. The tour takes about 1.5 hours and provides you with a very unique view of the Westman Islands.

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Exploring the islands by boat is such a great way to enjoy the area’s wonderful nature and surroundings. Not only will you see the natural aspects of the islands with its lava coastline and deep bird cliffs, but also witness the wildlife that surrounds the area. If you are lucky, you might even spot a whale! In this tour you will also get to see the famed „elephant rock“, a spectacular natural rock formation that looks like an elephant. By the end of the tour, you will then voyage into a cave near the harbor, where you can hear unique acoustic sounds which some say resemble to instrumental music. 

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Please understand that this tour is weather dependent with no guarantee for wildlife sightings. Sometimes it is not possible to circumnavigate. But the captain of the boat will always do his very best to show you the amazing bird cliffs from as many different views as possible. 

Book your Westman Islands boat tour:

Season: May to September
Departure Days: Daily
Duration of the Tour: Approx. 1.5 hours
Included: Sightseeing tour by boat, English speaking guide
Requirements for the tour: We recommend warm outdoor clothing. No minimum age
Start of the tour: Heimaey harbour in the Westman Islands

Please contact us if you have any question regarding this Westman Islands boat tour. Please include the tour code (BT-08). This tour is operated by one of our reliable partners.