Archive for the Islands Category

Flatey

Posted on October 22, 2009 by

This Island has been inhabited from the Middle Age. On the XI Century, a monastery was build, and throughout the centuries the town has become a more and more important base of trade. Flatey is a very peculiar village: there are buildings dating back to the 19th Century and beginning of 20th Century (Félagshús- the […]

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Surtsey

Posted on June 22, 2009 by

Surtesy is the youngest Island of the Vestmannaeyjar; it appeared in 1963 after a volcanic eruption. In November 1963, the crew of a fishing boat noticed that Southern than Heimaey the sea was boling and seemed to catch fire: getting closer, the fishermen realised that it was indeed land that was emerging. It was Surtesy. […]

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Heimaey, an Island with a troubled story

Posted on June 20, 2009 by

The biggest island, Heimaey, is the only one inhabited by a small community. It is 13,4sqkm. In the past it was used by the Algerian Pirates as a docking. They arrived here in 1627, they attacked the inhabitants, killed many of them and made 250 slaves. As this is a volcanic island, as all the […]

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The Westman islands

Posted on March 8, 2009 by

Over Hvolsvöllur, on the highway # 1, you can see out to sea the shape of the Vestmannaeyjar- “the Westman islands”. The archipelago is composed by 15 main islands and some minor ones, some stacks and some rocks raised out of the water after a submarine volcanic eruption. There are wall sheers dropping from the […]

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The small islands of Reykjanes

Posted on February 8, 2009 by

Offshore Keflavik, there’s Karl and Eldey. Karl, “the old man”, is a 52 m high rock column, where you can do whales watching. Eldey, the fire island, is 8 miles away from the coast and it was formed out of the eruption of a submerged Vulcan. It is 77m. high and it hosts one the […]

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Reykjanes: the youngest Icelandic peninsula

Posted on February 7, 2009 by

The Reykjanes peninsula lies on the South West of Iceland. It’s geologically very young. It stands on the mid- Atlantic Ridge, the fracture that goes from north to south beneath the Ocean, dividing the American plate from the European one. Right on this spot, the Ridge starts coming out of the Ocean and becomes then […]

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