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Reviewed 15 October 2018

We went to Vestmannaeyar to climb the volcano Eldfell. It was the site of an eruption that destroyed part of the city and threatened to cover most of it in lava in 1973. The population dug ditches with bulldozers and pumped millions of gallons of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Marcelo_EG
Reviewed 22 September 2018

The Pompeii of the North…so called due to the 1973 Eldfell volcanic eruption that buried 400 homes during its 48 hours of eruption, creating a lava and ash field that flowed all the way to the inlet. Due to the quick actions of the local...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gus H
Reviewed 20 September 2018

We had a hard time finding the trail and ended up walking up to the volcano museum and then scrambling up a field - you can also walk along the lava field. It's a little steep on the volcano side for about 20 minutes which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Escape788832
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Eldfell is a must-do hike on your visit to Vestmannaeyjar. It has great views of the island from the top. You can either walk through town to the trailhead or through a lava rock field. We were told it took 30 minutes round trip, but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

Worth the effort to hike to the top; be prepared for windy conditions and slippery areas. The best view spot to see the travel of the lava flows and a amazing scenery of the Island.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Worth going with a guide to hear about the impact of the eruption on the people and the efforts to halt the lava flow - followed by the massive clean up afterwards. It wasn't all bad, no-one died on the day and the harbour was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Con53
Reviewed 23 July 2018

This was definitely on our list of must-do for our visit to Heimaey. It's not a terrible uphill climb - we took our time and plenty of folks scampered by. The top was windy and fairly populated, but it really gave a great view of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank NCTraveler27312
Reviewed 15 July 2018

This is a stop for max education and stunning views. Highly recommend that you make time for the visit to the town, the "new mountain" in 1973 and to see up front and personally, the effects of a huge volcano. This visit to the Westman...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Smitty09876
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

It is an easy walk to see the destruction of volcano and lava flow. The island is quaint, with rising cliffs and unique caves for bird watching - one of our favorite amongst the places we visited after 10 days of circumnavigation cruise with Ocean...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lann389
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We visited Eldfell on our tour of the Westman Islands. We didn’t go to the top during the tour, so we went back later to give it a climb. The weather was clear so the views were spectacular. It a definite must-do!

Date of experience: June 2018
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13 May 2016|
Response from Roncau |
Oui il est obligatoire de prendre le ferry ou un vol depuis l’aéroport de Reykjavík. Attention aéroport du centre ville et non à Keflavík. Prix des vols 100 euros par personne le bateau 10 euros.
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17 November 2015|
Response from Escape788832 | Reviewed this property |
I imagine you've long gone & come back, but for other travellers - leave your car, from the harbor to the summit and back will maybe take you 2 hours max giving you some leeway to get lost, read signs, stop to take photos... More