Vestmannaeyjar is a coastal town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. Heimaey is the largest island, having over 4,000 in population. The rest of the archipelago’s 12 islands are uninhabited, but 6 of them have hunting cabins built for hunters to spend their nights there. The island that draws the most attention is Elliðaey, which is one of the islands that have one hunting cabin. However, many people like speculating crazy theories, like the one that it belonged to singer Bjork. Visiting Vestmannaeyjar will give you the opportunity to see this isolated cabin and also enjoy the endless nature of Iceland.
The volcano erruption
In 1973, Vestmannaeyjar was hit by a tremendous volcano erruption, which destroyed many buildings and made people evacuate their properties.
Efforts to halt the lava flow
The entire population of the island moved to mainland Iceland and the authorities had to throw 6.8 billion liters of cold sea water to halt the melting lava.
The archipelago consists of 12 smaller islands
Heimaey is the largest island and the only one occupied by people. The smallest island, Geirfuglasker, is only 5 acres long.
Many islands have been built due to erruptions
All the islands have been built up in submarine eruptions and consist of alternating layers of palagonite tuff and lava. The oldest geological formations are in the northern part of Heimaey, the largest island and the only inhabited one.