Cruises from Heimaey
Heimaey is the largest island (13.4 sq.km.) in the Westman Islands or Vestmannaeyjar cluster, 7.4 km off the south coast of Iceland. The Landnáma Icelandic record states it was first settled in about 900. It is the only island in Vestmannaeyjar that is populated, with around 5000 inhabitants. One night in January 1973 a volcanic eruption of the mountain Eldfell began on Heimaey.
The ground started to quake and fissures erupted spraying lava and ash into the air. The encroaching lava flow threatened to destroy the harbour that was the main source of livelihood for most of the town.