Heimaey Island, Iceland

heimaey town and lava flow

We spent quite a lot of time in Iceland on the 'Voyage of the Vikings' cruise. In all, we stopped in 6 ports, 3 on the outward journey from Boston, and 3 on the return from Amsterdam.

The island of Heimaey was quite special. This is a famous place, because the settlement was saved by the local people in 1973, during a major volcanic event. The lava would have inundated the town and port, if the townspeople had not washed down the face of the lava flow with seawater from firehoses. The scenery here is remarkable, especially the area where the sea meets the cliffs. We saw many seabirds here, nesting and fishing.

The landscape here is lava and lava, including some quite scenic sea caves. In town, you can see where the lava flow meets the buildings, many of which were rebuilt after the 1973 destruction.

(The area is well-known for puffins, but sadly, we did not see any; probably wrong season.)

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Sea Cave, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Lava Sea Cliff, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Sea Cliffs and Tender from the Veendam -- Heimaey, Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

The Prinsendam was in Port at Heimaey (We were Anchored Out) -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Houses and Lava Flow, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Postbox, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

View of Town, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Sea Cliff with Birds' Nests, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Seabird, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Sea Cliff with Birds' Nests, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Seabird, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Seabird, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Seabird, Heimaey (BW) -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

Lava Sea Cliff, Heimaey -- Iceland, 2014 Voyage of the Vikings

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