The Westman Island chain also contains Surtsey, an island that was created by an undersea volcanic eruption from 1963 - 1967. Visiting the Westman Islands brings you up close to natural forces that are literally forging the surrounding landscape in a dramatic way. As we walked around, I felt a sense of awe at our vulnerability to nature's power.
It was cold, windy and raining all day, but Sho, Saya and I didn't let that keep us from exploring. It seemed fitting to suffer a bit in this rugged place. We enjoyed a local street festival, swam in outdoor heated thermal pools, and even watched a local pro women's soccer game. A dramatic, fog-covered cliff loomed over the field. Most of the residents viewed the game from inside parked cars, honking whenever their team made a good play. But the three of us bundled up and endured the crap weather in good spirits. Sho, a soccer enthusiast, kept up a steady stream of insightful game analysis.
We'll cycle around Heimaey a bit in the morning, then take the ferry back to the mainland.
Here are some pics:
Puffin-themed road signs on Heimaey Island:
Sho with a giant soccer ball marking Heimaey's soccer fields:
A local street festival:
Hardy soccer fans:
The soccer field, with cliff and weather added for extra drama:
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