Xan and I took a trip to the Westmann Islands which is where the largest group of Icelander’s immigrated to Spanish Fork back in the pioneer days to join the Saints. We took a flight from Reykjavik and it was the shortest flight I’ve ever been on! Maybe 20 min in the air before we were on the ground again. 🙂
This first picture is of the harbor.
The boat was rocking and the puffins were always a bit too far away to get a really close shot but I took a ton of pictures so I’ll show you my best.
Its is nesting season and all kinds of birds were nesting all over the cliffs.
More surrounding smaller islands with nesting spots.
This is a big flock of puffins.
More attempts of pictures.
Here’s a rock formation that looks like an elephant.
And here is the 1973 crater up close.
That ends the boat tour. The island is incredibly small so we walked everywhere. The walk from the airport to the harbor, for example, was only like 15 min. And that was about 1/4 of the island. 🙂
Here’s a close up on the inscription.
More pictures of the beautiful, tropical looking water.
Xan looking extremely happy. 🙂 Just kidding!
Makes me want to go scuba diving!
More gorgeous shots!
Xan wandered around a bit more than I did and came back with a puffin’s egg!
It wasn’t the distance as much as it was how steep it was. Here’s one shot.
And this is look up at what we just hiked.
Day 2: We stayed overnight at a hostel and then went to the natural history museum they have there. I was able to get a close up picture of a puffin so everyone can see what they look like. Sorry, it was just an exhibit.
I’m 5’5” if that helps give you a better idea of how deep it got.
Here’s the church and the cemetery. They had to dig all the ash out, of course.
Xan and I.
We picked it up to find that it was still barely alive.
We threw it back into the ocean to give it a fighting chance. Hope it made it!