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Yet another reason not to trust foreign guides about Iceland travel

Beware the ferry to Heimaey island seldom leaves from Thorlakshofn anymore as used to be the case. PIC Julien Carnot

Beware the ferry to Heimaey island seldom leaves from Thorlakshofn anymore as used to be the case. PIC Julien Carnot

We just got a letter from an Australian couple confused about how to get to Heimaey island by ferry. The only reason such a simple matter will cause problems is when folks rely on foreign guidebooks.

You see, that couple had been reviewing the Iceland part of the often very good Lonely Planet guide. On their website this:

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Really not such bad information and correct in most things except one. The Herjolfur ferry does not use the harbor in the town of Thorlakshofn. Þorlákshöfn in Icelandic, and has not done so for the last four years except in emergencies. From 2010 the ferry sails from Landeyjahofn harbor which is much closer to Heimaey island than Thorlakshofn.

Which means smoother and shorter sailing over to the island although one has to drive much longer distance from Reykjavik to get to Landeyjahofn harbor which is close to the well known Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Don´t think Lonely Planet is alone in giving you outdated information. Guidebooks should be updated yearly to be of much use and that simply is seldom the case.

Here you can find up to date information about sailings and booking options.

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