The Vestmannaeyar golf course is located on Heimaey, the only inhabitated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Vestmannaeyjar ar a group of islands of the south coast of Iceland. The golf course is partly within a volcanic crater which gives the golf coarse a very specila feel. Teeing off against a backdrop of volcanic walls; changing wind directions on the same hole and playing across and over the sea are all features of golf in Vestmannaeyjar. The course has a reputation for having the best greens in the country.
The Golf Club of Vestmanneyjar is the third oldest in Iceland, founded in 1938 by 36 dedicated people.
To begin with, the small valley Herjólfsdalur, was the settlement for the first 6 holes. Three of the original holes are still in use and those holes are the oldest golf holes in Iceland. Only year after a small clubhouse was finished in the east part of the valley and then enlarged in 1945. In 1962 the course boasted full 9 holes. National celebration in Herjólfsdalur forced the members to seek out new land south of the valley and in continuance of that a new clubhouse was built.
The old house is now used as a lodging cabin for travelers. The catastrophic eruption in 1973 changed all plans regarding the new club house and the game of golf as volcanic ashes covered the whole course. Temporary course of xxxx holes replaced the 9 hole course until all ashes had been removed and that took full 4 years. In 1989 a new elegant club house was built as an addition in 1973 decision had been made to add another 9 holes but that came not to reality until 1994. The old course was left almost unchanged but the new layout was built on the seashore. The design is considered to be extraordinary in a magnificent surrounding where birds are in perfect harmony with the Atlantic ocean on one side and the rough shore on the other. Sometimes golfers just forget that they are playing for score in this land of contrast.
As Alister Nicol from GOLF MONTHLY wrote about the golf course “The Westman Islands course nestles in the crater of an extinct volcano and its scenery has to be seen to be believed.
It is golf, if now quite in the raw, the just as I would imagine my Scottish forebears intended it to be. There are no obsessively manicured fairways here. But there are a series of spectacular holes which take one´s breath away.”
The course has many times hosted the Icelandic National Championship and again in 2008. The course hosted the Scandinavian championship for Amateurs in the year 2000. Golf Monthly ranks the course in Vestmannaeyjar as one of the best 200 courses in Europe. The course is demanding, especially the back 9 holes, but once you have tried you will certainly be back. The mild climate in Vestmannaeyjar during the winter makes it even possible to play the whole year.
The Volcano Open Golf Championship is a very interesting and enjoyable golf event in Iceland. It is an international event which attracts golfers from various parts of the world.
- 19.June 2017
The Folk Museum of Vestmannaeyjar is a new museum built on old traditions. In addition to the many artifacts housed there, today’s technology gives the history and culture a new dimension. While the adults are learning about the stories of fishing, cliff hunting, the Eldfell eruption of 1973, and the Algerian pirate raid of 1627, the children can dress themselves in pirate costumes and search for hidden treasure in the pirate cave.
- 2.June 2017
The puffins are here!
In Vestmannaeyjar you have a great opportunity to see life puffins flying around the mountains and sitting in the cliffs.
- 19.May 2016
This coming weekend, May 20– 21, Háaloftið will be hosting a large music celebration. Alongside this various restaurants in Vestmannaeyjar will be offering special three course menus and museums will also be hosting some musical events.