Sprangan ( the swing rope) is the ,,national” sport of Westman Islands. It is where people trained to get stronger before going out to the smaller islands around Heimaey. You had to know that you could hold your own weight when you are sliding down the cliffs collecting eggs from the wild birds or just to get up to the steep rocky islands. Some were so talented that they could put on a quite a show, and it depended on how good you were how high up to the mountain you went. Some people were just kids when they started training. Nowadays Sprangan is more for fun.