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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar er eyjaklasi śti fyrir sušurströnd Ķslands. Til Vestmannaeyja teljast allt aš 15-18 eyjar og allt aš 30 sker og drangar. Eyjarnar myndušust allar viš eldgos og eru taldar sérstakt eldstöšvakerfi meš mišju į Heimaey. Vitaš er um fjögur gos ķ Vestmannaeyjum frį landnįmi; hiš fyrsta 1637 og žaš sķšasta 1973 žegar gos varš ķ Heimaey meš žeim afleišingum aš fjóršungur bęjarins eyšilagšist.

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Innsiglingin inn ķ Vestmannaeyjahöfn er vel varin af nįttśrunnar hendi (The seaward approach into Vestmannaeyjar Harbour is well protected by natural features).

Flestar eyjanna eru sębrattar og erfišar uppgöngu, nema fyrir vana fjallgöngumenn. Margar žeirra eru meš lóšréttum hamraveggjum en grasi grónar aš ofanveršu. Mikil fugla- og eggjataka er ķ Eyjum og er žar įrlega veitt mikiš af fugli, ašallega lunda.

Vestmannaeyjabęr er į Heimaey en hśn er stęrsta eyja Vestmannaeyja og er mešal mikilvęgustu fiskibęja Ķslands.

Vestmannaeyjar

The Vestmannaeyjar form a cluster of islands off the south coast of Iceland. There are thought to be a total of 15-18 islands and 30 skerries and rock pillars. The islands were all formed by volcanic eruption and are all connected to the volcanic system which has its centre on Heimaey Island. Four eruptions are known to have occurred in Vestmannaeyjar since Icelandic settlement, the first in 1637 and the last in 1973, when there was an eruption on Heimaey Island which destroyed a quarter of the town.

Most of the islands have steep-sided cliffs down to the sea and are difficult to approach and land, except by experienced climbers. Many of the islands have vertical sides, but grass does grow on their tops. Birds and eggs are something of perk for the residents, and each year there is a large bird hunt, especially of the puffin bird or "lundi".

Vestmannaeyjar town is located on Heimaey Island, the largest town on the cluster, and is, amongst other things, the most important fishing town in Iceland.

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