(daily, May – August, ??, 14 hours): from £160
The Westman Islands are a small, volcanic archipelago off the south coast of Iceland that came to international attention in 1973 when lava from the Mount Eldfell volcano threatened to block the harbour on the main island of Heimaey and devastate a town of 4,000 people. Around a third of all buildings were destroyed and it was unclear whether the island would ever be populated again. This tour, which includes a pick-up from your hotel, takes you from across the southern lowlands to the ferry terminal at Landeyjahöfn harbour for the 35-minute crossing. On Heimaey, a local guide will take you to the puffin nesting area in Stórhöfði promontory and, after lunch (not included), you will take a boat tour to view more birdlife. The boat tour ends at Klettshellir (Cliff Cave), where a musical instrument is played to showcase the stunning acoustics. You then return to by ferry and coach.