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Vestmannaeyjar (, sometimes anglicized as Westman Islands) is a municipality and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.wikipedia
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The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135, most of whom live in the archipelago's main town, Vestmannaeyjabær.
At 13.4 km2, it is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, and the largest and most populated island off the Icelandic coast.
Vestmannaeyjar came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption of Eldfell volcano, which destroyed many buildings and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland. There were two major eruptions in the 20th century: the eruption in 1963 that created the new island of Surtsey, and the Eldfell eruption of January 1973, which created a 200-metre-high mountain where a meadow had been, and caused the island's 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland.
It formed in a volcanic eruption, which began without warning on the eastern side of Heimaey, in the Westman Islands, on 23 January 1973.
There were two major eruptions in the 20th century: the eruption in 1963 that created the new island of Surtsey, and the Eldfell eruption of January 1973, which created a 200-metre-high mountain where a meadow had been, and caused the island's 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland.
Surtsey ("Surtr's island" in Icelandic, ) is a volcanic island located in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off the southern coast of Iceland.
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Vestmannaeyjar (, sometimes anglicized as Westman Islands) is a municipality and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.
About 30 minor islands are in Iceland, including the lightly populated Grímsey and the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago.
Elliðaey (or Ellirey) is the most northeastern of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), an archipelago consisting of 15 to 18 islands (and assorted smaller rocks) located south of Iceland.
Hellisey is an island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
Bjarnarey is an uninhabited island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
Álsey or Álfsey is an island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
Suðurey is an island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
Brandur is an island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
Súlnasker is a small island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
Geldungur is an island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland.
It is often very windy in the islands, and the highest wind speed measured in Iceland (61 m/s) was recorded in Stórhöfði.
Stórhöfði is a peninsula and the southernmost point of Heimaey, the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago.
In 2000, Heimaey stave church, a replica of the Haltdalen Stave Church containing a replica of the St Olav frontal, was erected at Skansinn as a gift from the Norwegian government to Iceland, commemorating the conversion of Iceland to Christianity a thousand years before.
Heimaey stave church is a close replica of Haltdalen stave church situated in the Skansinn area of the harbour of Vestmannaeyjabær on Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.
(In contrast, the Norse Gaels often called themselves Ostmen or Austmenn – "East-men".)
In contrast, they called Gaels Vestmenn (West-men) (see Vestmannaeyjar and Vestmanna).
ÍBV, based on Vestmannaeyjar, are one of the most prominent football clubs in Iceland, having won the Icelandic Championship three times since 1979.
Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (usually referred to as ÍBV) is an Icelandic club from Vestmannaeyjar off the south coast of Iceland founded in 1903 under the name "Knattspynufélag Vestmannaeyja" by Dr. Björgúlfur Ólafsson, making it the second oldest team in Iceland.
The Old Norse word Vestmenn, literally "Westmen", was applied to the Irish, and retained in Icelandic even though Iceland is further west than Ireland.
Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland and Vestmanna in the Faroe Islands take their names from it.
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All the islands have been built up in submarine eruptions and consist of alternating layers of palagonite tuff and lava.
Diverting a lava flow is extremely difficult, but it can be accomplished in some circumstances, as was once partially achieved in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.
Ásgeir "Sigi" Sigurvinsson (born 8 May 1955 in Vestmannaeyjar) is an Icelandic retired football attacking midfielder and coach.
The islands are famed in Iceland for their major annual festival, Þjóðhátíð ("The National Festival"), which attracts thousands of people.
Þjóðhátíð (The National Festival) is an annual outdoor festival held in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, on the weekend before the first Monday in August.
A ferry service from Landeyjahöfn (closer) and sometimes under bad conditions Þorlákshöfn (further away) and flights to /from Vestmannaeyjar Airport connect the largest island with the rest of Iceland, making 5-6 roundtrips per day.
Vestmannaeyjar Airport (Vestmannaeyjaflugvöllur) is a two-runway airport on the island of Heimaey, in Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.
Elsa Guðbjörg Vilmundardóttir
Elsa was born in the Vestmannaeyjar.
The Westman Islands Golf Club was established in 1938 and is located in the remnants of an extinct volcano.
The Westman Island Golf Club is a golf club located on the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic), on the island of Heimaey off the southern coast of Iceland.
Guðmundur "Gunni" Torfason (born 13 December 1961 in Vestmannaeyjar) is a retired Icelandic footballer.
After this, a small fort was built on Skansinn (that is, "the bastion"), and an armed guard was established to keep watch from the mountain Helgafell for the approach of ships.
Helgafell is an inactive 227-metre-high volcanic cone located on the island of Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago in Iceland.