HeimaeyVestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) , Iceland
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Heimaey Island, where the online broadcast is conducted from, is the largest island in the Icelandic Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and the only one where people live. It is located south of Iceland in the Atlantic Ocean.
On Heimaeye in the webcam, there is only one port city – Vestmannaeyjar, and it is shown in live footage. It is often called the Pompei Norðursins. The active volcano Eldfell is located on the territory of this settlement.
The main occupation of the inhabitants of Heimaey Island is fishing. In the live stream you can see how the seafood trawlers anchor and leave the harbor.
In summer, a large number of seabirds rush to Heimaey Island in the webcam – for example puffins, which disturb local residents with their croaking. In total, more than eight million seabirds nest in Heimaey, where this online live camera is located.
Heimaey Island, shown in the online broadcast, appeared through volcanic formation. The activity of volcanoes on it does not stop to this day.
According to legend, the first settlers of the island in this webcam were the fugitive slaves of Hjørleifr Hrodmars. The first inhabitant in Heimaey, where the live stream is conducted from, is considered to be Herjolfur Bardarson, who built the Herjólfsdalur farm here in the Herjólf valley. During the raids of Arab pirates in 1627, the island in the live camera was badly damaged.
Heimaey Island, which port you see online, is famous for its picturesque landscapes. Also its attractions are: the Eldfell volcano, the elephant rock, puffin colonies, the Eldamar memorial museum, the Saeheimar aquarium. In addition, Vestmannaeyjar Airport and Westman Islands Golf Club are located on the territory of Heimaey in this webcam.
Vestmannaeyjar archipelago consists of one large island – Heimaey in the webcam and 13 small islands, as well as rocks and cliffs. People live only on one of them – Heimaeye, the harbor of which is shown by an online camera.
Heimaey, shown live, is considered the most beautiful island in Iceland. Here you will find mirror images of rocks in the water surface, frozen lava after the volcanic eruption that occurred on the island in 1973, panoramic platforms, numerous bird colonies, the famous puffin puffins in the south-west of the island, and well-groomed houses of local residents. Killer whales can be spotted live in the surrounding waters around the island.
If to translate the name Vestmannaeyjar from Icelandic, it will mean: “the islands of the Western people.” The first settlers of the archipelago, where the webcam is located, were the Irish. In 1627, the islands were captured by the Turkish fleet, and the Barbary pirates took people into slavery.
Vestmannaeyjar gained fame in the 1964s during a volcanic eruption at the bottom of the ocean, which was the beginning of the formation of the new island of Surtsey.
What to see in Iceland?
The most important sights of Iceland, on the territory of which the live webcam is located, is its amazing nature, for example, volcanoes (Hekla, Katla, Eyjafjallajökull), geysers and glaciers (Jökulsarlon), the Landmannalaugar valley, the Torsmerk valley, the Westman Islands and other beautiful places.
The city of Akureyri, which is also streamed live on the Baltic Live Cam website, is a convenient base for exploring the surrounding area. It offers easy access to Husavik, Goðafoss waterfall and Grimsey Island.
The rugged West Fjords coastline is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. The main city on this territory is Isafjordur, which is also in the webcam on the Baltic Live Cam website.
Be sure to visit the mountainous Landmannalaugar region, where hot springs bubble up, and nearby there are fields of solidified lava, deep canyons, bright blue lakes, snowy slopes, smoking thawed patches with the smell of hydrogen sulfide.