This unique island is for tourists taboo | travel

There are hardly any spots on the world that has discovered man yet. A small, unique island before the Island is for tourists taboo. The Icelandic island of S

This unique island is for tourists taboo | travel

There are hardly any spots on the world that has discovered man yet. A small, unique island before the Island is for tourists taboo.

The Icelandic island of Surtsey belongs since 2008 to the UNESCO world heritage site and is strictly protected. Only Scientific the small island, which is part of the Westman Islands may enter. The special feature of the island: The island is only available since 1963.

The emergence of Surtsey: the island prior to the Island

On 14. November 1963 on breaks in the middle of the night, the crew of a cutter, in the vicinity of the Westman Islands that belong to Iceland* their networks to be interpreted. Suddenly, the fishing was a sulfurous smell In the dawn in the distance, a cloud of smoke. The captain has discovered through his binoculars, the source of the smoke: A undersea volcano spewing out rocks and ash.

in The afternoon are already two of the crater above the surface of the sea visible. The island* is here, gets the name of Surtsey - named after Surtur, the fire giant from Nordic mythology. the Three years of the outbreak lasts, until 1967, the three Islands on the surface of the sea visible have been . Two of them have been of the Wind and the waves swallowed. And also the island, will not last forever: researchers suspect that the island in 100 years, will disappear in the sea.

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But until then, serves Surtsey research: The 2.7-mile island was quickly conquered by the nature and offers scientists optimal conditions to observe the pace of life is spreading. "We were able to observe on the island, such as plants and animals colonize an island, and a new Ecosystem ", so Borgþór Magnússon, a biologist at the natural history Institute in Reykjavik forms, according to German radio.

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The first plants were found in 1965 on the island, 1970 sea birds - fulmars and guillemots - appeared then. About 20 years after the emergence of Surtsey also seals came to the island, to Young to raise, such as the Online Portal travel book reported. Up to 2004, therefore, among other things, recorded lots of plants, 69 vascular, 71 Lichens and 24 fungi and 14 species of birds and 335 species of vertebrate . Because of this the people largely pristine Ecosystem, the island is also only for researchers of the Surtsey Research Society accessible for tourists, a visit is not possible.

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Westman Islands in the vicinity of the island: Great destination for Island travelers

However, the small island is not to be found close to the so-called Westman Islands , to the South of the Icelandic coast. If you are a group of Islands, also of volcanic origin. The Westman Islands are accessible by either a small plane from Reykjavík or with the ferry. With the car or the public Bus travellers land at the port "Landeyjarhöfn". From Reykjavík the trip will take about 2.5 hours.

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Especially in the summer months, many puffin can be seen here. Climb the 283-metre-high mountain Heimaklettur, and also has a wonderful views of the other Islands and the sea.

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Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 10:34

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