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Smaeyjar Islands

Region: South Iceland
Coordinates: 63.45° N 20.3333° W

About Smaeyjar

These are four islands situated to the west of the only inhabited island, Heimaey. The southernmost one is Haena (The Hen), then Hani (The Cock), Hrauney and Grasleysa. The channel between Smaeyjar and Heimaey is deep and clear for boat traffic.

The cave Kafhellir in Haena is easily accessible by boat when the sea is calm and the tides are low. When the evening sun shines into it the whole spectrum of colours can be experienced in there. Some light comes into the cave through a submarine opening on the northern side of the island.

According to local legends, a fisherman once fell overboard from his boat and was sucked through this small opening. When he surfaced in the cave, his boat had already been carried in there and he could crawl aboard again. In extremely bad weather conditions soil and vegetation have been washed off the islands by the breakers.

Photo Credit: Diego Delso

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