My sister, Becky Korff, is going to Iceland! I spent most of yesterday working on her itinerary.
Check out this really cool island they are planning to visit. This is the Island Heimaey, the largest and only populated island in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar Islands). Heimaey is 5.2 square miles and has a population of 4,500. Even though is a small area, this island has 2 volcanoes! In 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted unexpectedly and led to an evacuation. Many houses were destroyed and you can see the old lava flow and the area it destroyed.
This island has amazing hikes where you can climb the volcanoes or other cliffs. There are boat tours offered to show you around all the islands in the archipelago as well as guided bus tours, etc. There is a museum where you can learn more about the 1973 eruption. If you visit at the end of July or beginning of August, you could be lucky enough to see some of the 4 day National Festival where there are concerts, fireworks, etc. However, the island will be very crowded; I read the record attendance was around 16,000 people in 2010. That's a lot of people on a tiny island!
Who else wants to go to Iceland??? I definitely want to! =)
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