Vestmannaeyjar

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run making

Vestmannaeyjar and the mainland of Iceland From Landeyjahöfn The car- and passenger ferry Herjólfur has scheduled trips daily between a new harbor WikiPedia:Vestmannaeyjar Dmoz:Regional Europe Iceland Localities Vestmannaeyjar Commons:Category:Vestmannaeyjar


high volcanic

in the group and the only inhabited one, also contains some material from the Pleistocene era. The most prominent feature on Heimaey before 1973 was Helgafell (Helgafell (volcano)), a 200 metre (650 ft) high volcanic cone formed in an eruption about 5,000 years ago. list1 Akrahreppur • Akranes • Akureyri • Álftanes • Árborg • Árneshreppur • Ásahreppur • Bæjarhreppur • Bláskógabyggð • Blönduós • Bolungarvík


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blank_info blank1_name blank1_info website , sometimes anglicized as ''Westman Islands'') is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.

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 (

0.45 km2 sqmi disp x ; ) *Bjarnarey ( ) *the islands Hani, Hæna


small+medical

: watch fish and other creatures from the sea swim, crawl or creep in their aquariums, a fine display of stuffed birds and one of the best collections of Icelandic minerals anywhere. '''Drop by “Skansinn”''', the place by the harbour where past and present meet, where the lava flow stopped in 1973. There you will find a Norse timber church, the only one of its kind in Iceland, a gift from the people of Norway, and Landlyst, the second oldest building on the islands, now housing a small medical museum


time life

, 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


unique event

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


local place

;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


offering resistance

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


annual+social

as visitors. Two companies offer one hour to five hour long trips. '''See the Volcano film.''' Annual social events '''Þjóðhátíð, Vestmannaeyjar's national festival''' ''The Festival'', as it is simply called, is unquestionably the best known festival in Iceland, attracting the greatest number of mainland visitors. Held in Herjólfsdalur on the first weekend in August, it is a 3-4 day outdoor festival where having a good time is everyone's easily fulfilled aim. The whole weekend


prominent feature

in the group and the only inhabited one, also contains some material from the Pleistocene era. The most prominent feature on Heimaey before 1973 was Helgafell (Helgafell (volcano)), a 200 metre (650 ft) high volcanic cone formed in an eruption about 5,000 years ago. list1 Akrahreppur • Akranes • Akureyri • Álftanes • Árborg • Árneshreppur • Ásahreppur • Bæjarhreppur • Bláskógabyggð • Blönduós • Bolungarvík

Vestmannaeyjar

'''Vestmannaeyjar''' (

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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