Hours & Information

Visitor Centre Hours:

COVID Update Regarding Opening Hours:  

The Visitor Centre operates based on the latest guidance from the Icelandic Directorate of Health, which was updated June 26, 2021:

There are no limits on gatherings in effect. Masks are no longer required and physical distancing is no longer required. 

The full information and updates can be found on the official Directorate of Health Website for COVID Updates.

We are continuing enhanced cleaning procedures and may limit the capacity inside the visitor centre for the health and well-being of our staff at any time.  Unaccompanied children (Under 14) will not be admitted. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


The Visitor Centre is open seasonally from April until October.

Standard Visitor Centre Hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 to 16:00 and Sunday 13:00 to 16:00. The Visitor Centre is closed Mondays.

Groups of 10 or more interested in visiting outside these hours can call to book private opening times at +354 620 2724.

Private Group Bookings will limit opening hours on the following dates:

July 2, 9,16,23, 26 and 30: Closed for Private Groups 12:30 to 16:00



Bay Trips

Bay Trips by boat to see the Sea Sanctuary are offered seasonally. Booking dates for 2021 are now open.

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

The boat trips last approximately 30 minutes and are guided by a member of the Beluga Sanctuary Care Team.

You can book your visit here.

Getting Here:

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

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.

Direct flights from Reykjavik (Domestic Airport) through Iceland Air . Journey time approx. 20 minutes

Herjolfur Ferry for people and/or vehicles from Landeyjahöfn to Vestmannaeyjar. Journey time approx. 35 minutes

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.

Contact the Sanctuary