Puffins & Volcanoes

One Day Family Tour to the Westman Islands

Welcome to the Pompei of the North

Visit the world’s largest puffin colony and marvel at the Pompei of the North. This exciting place has sights and scenery that will thrill both young and old!

Here you will see the serious consequences of living in a volcanic active country and how these immense powers are still at work. You will see houses buried in volcanic ash, colourful lava, and even lava bombs. But you will also see idyllic houses, happy street art, and the quiet life of a tiny island.

These hostile islands also happens to be the world’s largest puffin colony. So this is the perfect chance to watch these funny little fellas in their natural habitat.

This is truly a fantastic place for kids to explore how humans and nature have to coexist.

You haven’t seen Iceland till you have visited the Westman Islands!


We set out from Reykjavik and the stuffed puffin shops towards the real deal! After a scenic drive along the picturesque South Coast, we arrive at Landeyjahöfn We catch the first ferry to the Westman Islands/ Vestmannaeyjar. After 30 minutes we will reach the islands that are most famous for puffins and volcanoes.

Volcanic Powers
First, we will take a look at the serious consequences of living in a volcanic active country. During the night of January 23rd, Eldfell volcano erupted without warning. It destroyed nearly one-third of the houses in Heimaey and buried most of the island in thick ash. At the museum Eldheimar, we will see one of the houses that got buried in the ashes but now on display. Of course, we will also explore the amazing volcanic surroundings and scenery around the Eldfell crater.

Puffin meet and greet
And from there to something very different: Puffins! We go to the very local aquarium to watch fish and sea-creatures, but most importantly to see if the local celebrity Toti the Puffin is up for a meet and greet.

Then it is time for lunch in the cosy town of Heimey where we will see several great puffin murals and cool street art and other great photo options.

Puffin Kingdom
And then we move on to the world’s largest puffin colony at Stórhöfði, which also happens to be the windiest place in Europe. This is a unique chance to get up close and personal with these funny little fellas in their natural habitat.   

Boat Cruise
We join a boat cruise to see more wonders of nature in Vestmannaeyjar, including colourful ocean caves, millions of seabirds and with a bit of luck maybe whales too. On the way back we will pass the ocean cave of Klettshellir, which is famous for its natural echo. We will also see the famous elephant rock.

Then we head back to the mainland and Reykjavik again.


This tour can, of course, be costumed 100% to your family.

Note: Please consider that all trips are depending on weather conditions and wildlife sighting cannot be guaranteed.

This tour package includes.

Private guide
Car and gas
Ferry ticket
Entrance fees
Boat ticket

All Taxes & Planning Fees

Experience the unparalleled beauty of Iceland while avoiding the hordes of tourists

Our family visited Reykjavik for 2 weeks. We are a very active and challenging family of 12 ranging in age from 5-60 years old with a variety of interests and idiosyncrasies. We booked day tours out of Reykjavik with several companies including 2 tours with Goecco (White Night Volcano Hike and Snæfellsnes & Geothermal Bathing Tour). Goecco itineraries achieved the nearly impossible – taking us to amazing spots while avoiding the crowds. It felt like we were seeing and enjoying these places more like locals than like tourists. Our guides (Anna Frida, Kristina and Selma) and our drivers were all wonderful and made us feel that we were in very good hands. This helped us relax and have a great time. We never felt rushed. We are very grateful for their hospitality and kindness! Thanks!!!


Mississauga, Canada


Excellent Private Photo Tour

Where to begin planning your adventures in Iceland? Start Only With Excellence !!! Halli Hansen, with Goecco was absolutely dedicated and up to the challenge of showing a young professional photographer, my 15 year old son, parts of Iceland free of tour busses and bazillion tourist! My son returned from his private photo tour beyond ecstatic and the photos minus tourist where breath taking. Halli even took photos of my son while on tour and emailed them to us!!! Now how fantastic is that!!!!!!!

After coming down with pneumonia while traveling with my teenage son, I needed to find a company that I felt I could trust. Plus meet the very high standards of a professional photographer. Fridrik from GOecco exceeded all expectation in providing, coordinating and pairing my son with Halli for a private photo tour. Looooove this company!!!!!!!!

Looking for a non touristy photo adventure ? Book your private excursion with GOECCO! If you are luck you might just get Halli Hansen, in fact you should ask for him directly to be your guide for a remarkable experience that all travelers to Iceland should have. Bravo Goecco! Bravo Halli!!

Denise C

Haleiwa, Hawaii


Well done, Goecco!

My daughter and I had the pleasure of taking two tours with Goecco during our trip to Iceland in March 2016. The first was the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour, with guide Damen. The second was the 2-day Chasing Ice tour, with main guide Anna and ice cave guide Alf. Both trips were the highlight of our vacation. Jonas and Christina (Goecco’s owners) were very communicative via email prior to our trip, and answered all of our questions. I like the theory behind their tours … that is, not to just tell tourists how high this peak is, or other information that we’ll soon forget. Goecco takes you out to some of the most beautiful places in Iceland, off the beaten path, and their guides are so unique and interesting. These were unlike any other tours we’ve ever had, and that’s definitely a GOOD thing! When we return to Iceland in the future, which is a given, we’ll be sure to book tours through Goecco again!

Ann S

Stafford, Virginia

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