Heimaey is an island located approximately 5 mi/8 km off the coast of Iceland that is home to about 4,500 people, and 8 million puffins during the summer. The island is well known for the 1973 eruption of the volcano Eldfell, which destroyed half the town and almost closed the harbor, which is the island's main source of income. The townspeople were able to curb the destruction by cooling the lava with seawater. The eruption resulted in a 15%-20% increase of the island's landmass, and the locals... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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