Westman Islands extension – Pre-tour

INDIVIDUAL EXTENSION TO THE WESTMAN ISLANDS BEFORE A TREK

Before a journey or a trek in the south of Iceland, and join your fellow travelers, you can discover the magnificent Westman Islands archipelago. We will give you all the necessary information as well as the vouchers before your arrival in Iceland.

Extension possible from June to August, except during the following periods, because it is then impossible to find any available bed: (See info section)

You have the choice between:

  • an extension of 3 days / 2 nights
  • an extension of 4 days / 3 nights
  • either as a pre-tour before a trek
  • either as a post tour after a trek

 

  • The last day of the pre-tour extension ends on the morning of the 1st day of the trek
  • The first day of the post-tour extension begins in the late afternoon of the last day of the trek

You have the choice between 3 types of accommodation / breakfast included:

  1. In hostel in double or single room with shared facilities
  2. In hotel in double or single standard room with private facilities
  3. in hotel in double or single superior room with private facilities

Please book this excursion if possible when registering your trek!

The prices in ISK below are still only indicative and will be definitively confirmed only in March 2021

The dates displayed below can connect with most of our trekings. But of course, you can ask us for other operation dates that would suit you from May to September.

The return date from the islands must correspond to the day when your trekking with Fjallabak begins.

 

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Day 1: Transfer by regular bus from Reykjavik bus central station to reach in 2h30 Landeyjarhöfn wharf at the foot of volcano Eyjafjallajökull to take the ferry Herjólfur to the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. It takes 40 minutes for the ferry to reach Heimaey, the largest and only inhabited island dominated by Eldfell, « the mountain of fire », a new volcano whose eruption increased the island’s area by one third and threatened the important fishing harbour in 1973.

Day 2 (or days 2 and 3): The Westman Islands are home to the largest established colony of Puffins in the world, with about 8 millions of birds (observation until August 15th). It is often possible to admire the great Gannet diving for fish, and if you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of Killer whales or huge Fin whales.

  • Optional short cruise (2h) around the islands aboard a deep-sea cruiser, depending on the weather and sea conditions

Day 3 (or day 4): Early departure by ferry to the mainland. The regular bus to Reykjavik drops you off 40 minutes later in the village of Hella in front of our base-warehouse where your guide and your travel companions welcome you. Start of the trek

Bus departure> Bus arrival> Ferry departure > Ferry arrival

In the morning every day:

  • 08:00 Departure of the bus (stræto) from Reykjavík bus central station to Mjódd
  • 10:00 a.m. Arrival at Landeyjarhöfn ferry dock in
  • 10:45 am Departure of the ferry
  • 11:30 am Disembarkation at Heimaey

In the evening from Monday to Friday:

  • 5:40 p.m. Departure of the bus (stræto) from Reykjavík bus station to Mjódd
  • 8:00 p.m. Arrival at Landeyjarhöfn ferry dock in
  • 8:45 p.m. Departure of the ferry
  • 9:20 p.m. Disembarkation at Heimaey

Saturday and Sunday afternoon:

  • 3.15 p.m. Departure of the bus (stræto) from Reykjavík bus station to Mjódd
  • 5.40 p.m. Arrival at Landeyjarhöfn ferry dock at
  • 8:45 p.m. Departure of the ferry
  • 9:20 p.m. Disembarkation at Heimaey

Please note: City bus or taxi from your hotel to Mjódd (Reykjavik central bus station) is at your own expense.

Option: Domestic flight from Reykjavik to Heimaey (contact us)

Return from the islands to the mainland 

  • Departure from Heimaey ferry at 8:30 to arrive at Landeyjarhöfn around 09:10
  • Departure from Landeyjarhöfn (Stræto) bus at 09:25 to arrive at 10:21 in the village of Hella where the base camp of Fjallabak is located and where your traveling companions are waiting for you.

The return date of this extension must correspond to the one when your trekking with Fjallabak begins

Extension possible from June to August, except during the following periods, because it is then impossible to find any available bed:

  • The Kids festival (national sports meeting for under 12s) from June 10-12, 2021
  • Children's Football festival June 24-26, 2021
  • Þjóðhátíð "The National" Summer Festival will run from July 30 to August 2, 2021.  Festivals are held across the country, but Þjóðhátíð is by far the largest of all with between 11 and 16,000 people, mostly young people ( almost 4 times the population of the island) participating each year.

 

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