Vestmannaeyjar or the Westman Islands are a group of small islands just off the south coast of Iceland. Only the main island, Heimaey is inhabited with a population of about 5000. In January 1973 a massive eruption began in Heimaey, almost all of the inhabitants were evacuated safely to the mainland. The eruption lasted for 5 months and still today one can see the ruins of houses that were buried under lava and ash. The islands offer spectacular landscape and wildlife; a visit to Westman Islands will never be forgotten.