Hours & Information

The Visitor Centre is open seasonally in 2022 from April 2, to October 2.

Days & Hours of Opening: 

Monday- Saturday 10:00 to 16:00, Sunday 13:00 to 16:00



New for 2022: Boat Trip & Visitor Centre Combo

The planned boat trips for 2022 are a NEW, one hour round trip guided experience with two stops: the beluga whale sanctuary in Klettsvik bay and a nearby island puffin colony! The combo also includes admission to the Visitor Centre, including puffin rescue centre! 

These tours begin at 13:00 daily and are subject to weather and minimum participation requirements.

The boat trips last approximately 1 hour and are guided by staff from our partners at Ribsafari, with time for Q&A with the Beluga Whale Sanctuary staff.

Boat Trips are not available during Þjohatið Music Festival July 30 to August 1.


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Getting Here:

Our Sanctuary is located on the beautiful island of Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.

It is a 2 hour drive from Reykjavik to the ferry terminal at Landeyjahöfn, near Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

You can learn more about all there is to see and do in Vestmannaeyjar, including where to stay and how to get here at the Visit Vestmannaeyjar Website.

Herjolfur Ferry for people and/or vehicles from Landeyjahöfn to Vestmannaeyjar. Journey time approx. 35 minutes. If you are attempting to book the ferry from July 27- August 2, those dates open later due to Þjohatid music festival.

Public transport to the ferry's harbors is available, with buses departing from Mjódd in Reykjavík on this schedule. For additional information please call 540-2700 or visit their website at www.straeto.is.  

For those arriving via Cruise ship, our Visitor Centre is a 5-10 minute walk from the harbour terminal on level ground.

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