Fire on Heimaey
Fire on Heimaey

Fire on Heimaey

During the night of January 23rd 1973, a volcanic eruption broke out on Heimaey the biggest of the Westman Islands. A 1.6 km long fissure then opened up only 200 m SE of Iceland's most important fishing centre, the town of Westman Islands. Within a few hours about 5.000 people had been successfully evacuated. The film describes the eruption from beginning to end, showing the measures taken against the devastating lavaflow and tephra fall.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • Length: 28 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Eldur í Heimaey
  • International Title: Fire on Heimaey
  • Production Year: 1974
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Fire on Heimaey
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: No
  • Production Format: 16mm
  • Color: Yes


Company Credits


  • Mountaineering and Exploration Film Festival, 1975 - Award: The Golden Neptune
  • London Film Festival, 1975
  • International Short Film Festival Cracow - Award: Grand Prix. Golden Dragon.
  • International Filmweek, Brussel - Award: Best educational film
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival
  • Popoli Festival
  • Nyon Film Festival
  • Ekofilm Festival
  • International Scientific Film Festival Paris
  • Melbourne Film Festival

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