What is Vestmannaeyjar known for?

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recorded in the ''Landnámabók'' manuscript, is named after Surtr. In modern Iceland, the notion of Surtr as a giant of fire lives on; Surtsey ("Surtr's island"), a volcanic island that appeared in 1963 in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, is named after Surtr. The description found in ''Gylfaginning'' of Surtr guarding the frontier of Múspell is depicted in John Charles Dollman's painting "The Giant with the Flaming Sword". Surtur (moon

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the 1973 volcanic eruption at Heimaey and the way it affected lives of the islanders. During the disaster some of the houses in the town were damaged, burnt down, covered with ash and lava. Some of the houses were excavated and one of them is part of the indoor exposition. The museum also tells the story of a young volcanic island Surtsey (Vestmannaeyjar#Surtsey_island). '''Tour the Natural History Museum (Náttúrugripasafnið)''', the only natural history museum in Iceland worthy of the name

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;westman" (From Ireland Scotland) which is to be found in local place-names such as "Vestmanna-havn" i.e. "Irish-mens harbour" in the Faroe Isles, and "Vestmannaeyjar" i.e. "Irish-mens islands" in Iceland. right thumb Faroese stamp depicting Tróndur í Gøtu raising Mjölnir the hammer of Thor (Image:Faroe stamp 360 arrival of christianity.jpg) against Christianity Iceland is the world's 18th largest island (List of islands by area), and Europe's second largest island following Great Britain. The main island is WikiPedia:Vestmannaeyjar Dmoz:Regional Europe Iceland Localities Vestmannaeyjar Commons:Category:Vestmannaeyjar

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) Surtur , a natural satellite of the planet Saturn, and Surt (Surt (volcano)), a volcano on the planet Jupiter's moon Io (Io (moon)), are both named after Surtr. Surtur (Surtur (Marvel Comics)), a character from the American comic series ''Thor (Thor (Marvel Comics))'', is based on Surtr (1963). Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth have named their eighth studio album Surtur Rising after Surtr. date 15 September 1998 Nevertheless, the process

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the Younger Murat Reis (Jan Janszoon) is said to have taken 400 prisoners; 242 of the captives later were sold into slavery on the Barbary Coast. The pirates took only young people and those in good physical condition. All those offering resistance were killed, and the old people were gathered into a church which was set on fire. Among those captured was Ólafur Egilsson, who was ransomed the next year and, upon returning to Iceland, wrote a slave narrative about his experience

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, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The new island was named after ''Surtr'', a fire ''jötunn'' or giant from Norse mythology. It was intensively studied by volcanologists (Volcanology) during its eruption

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and Sunday, emphasising seamanship connected sports as well as various entertainment for the general public. '''17th June''' Iceland´s national holiday. This day was for a long time not given as prominent a place in Vestmannaeyjar as on the mainland. The reason presumably was their own national holiday in August, a considerably more important event in islanders' minds. During recent years, however, Iceland's national holiday has been shown the respect it is due with a parade and outdoor

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to. Everywhere, however, saviours are waiting: The local children, armed with their cardboard boxes, prepared and ready to gather the lost and totally bewildered pufflings, rescue them and take them down to the shore to release them into the sea. In recent years whole families have visited Heimaey to take part in the puffling adventure, a unique event, full of joy. Buy Eat Drink Sleep Go next Surtsey island 250px thumbnail Surtsey (File:Surstey Island2.jpg) WikiPedia:Vestmannaeyjar Dmoz:Regional Europe Iceland Localities Vestmannaeyjar Commons:Category:Vestmannaeyjar


was destroyed before the lava flow was halted by application of 6.8 billion litres of cold sea water. Geography The Vestmannaeyjar archipelago is considered young in geological terms. The islands lie in the Southern Icelandic Volcanic Zone and have been formed

by eruptions over the past 10,000–12,000 years. The volcanic system consists of 70–80 volcanoes both above and below the sea. ) *Elliðaey (

: festival title The Festival publisher accessdate 13 April 2014 Film *From 1998 to 2003 the island of Heimaey was home to Keiko (Keiko (orca)) the killer whale, star of ''Free Willy'' (1993). *The film ''The Deep (The Deep (2012 film))'' (2012), based on true events, is set on and around the island. Literature *The islands and their history of volcanic activity play a major role in James Rollins' seventh


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The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. The other islands are uninhabited, although six have single hunting cabins. Vestmannaeyjar came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption of Eldfell volcano, which destroyed many buildings and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland. Approximately one fifth of the town was destroyed before the lava flow was halted by application of 6.8 billion litres of cold sea water.

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