An island off an island. Vestmannaeyjar is a cluster of islands south of Iceland. The largest one of them, Heimaey is a residential area, a small town with a population of 4,135 people. In 1973 the Eldfell Volcano erupted in Vestmannaeyjar forcing the whole population to evacuate to mainland Iceland for at least a month. Afterwards came a period of building up the town again, since about fifth of the town was destroyed by the lava flow. The island is known for its versatile birdlife. For instance, the likelihood of seeing a puffin when visiting Vestmannaeyjar is quite high.