Lava Center eruptions and earthquakes interactive exhibit

  • When you enter the exhibition, you start in a corridor that tells the story of a century of eruptions in Iceland.
Oct 31 2017

Are you looking for a place to shake your brain and legs? Are you interested in Iceland and the many active natural forces like earthquakes, eruption and moving glaciers? The new Lava Center is a place you should seriously consider. A unique and highly interesting exhibition center with interactive exhibits located only a few kilometers from the notorious Eyjafjallajökuill glacier/volcano, and other active volcanos. Here you will find visual explanations of how movements in tectonic plates create earthquakes and also get an opportunity to feel the shake.   The Lava Center explains the proximity and nature of the glowing magma under Iceland.  It is a perfect place to start your visit to the many exciting attractions in the South Region that are shaped and even created by those natural forces. In less than an hour, you are equipped with knowledge and understanding of the forces that rest beneath and how they surface. And you are much better equipped to enjoy the spectacular places to visit as well as the scenic drive around the Southern Region.

Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur Iceland

Lavaa center in Hvolsvöllur village in Iceland South Region

The exhibits and the movie

The Lava Center consists of two main exhibits. On the one hand the lava exhibit and on the other hand a movie about Icelandic eruptions.  When you enter the exhibition, you start in a corridor that tells the story of a century of eruptions in Iceland.  In the next part, you go through rooms explaining the origin of volcanic activity and simulating situations when eruptions occur.  Fortunately, the artificial smoke you walk through is not as contaminated as the real chemically loaded smog produced by a volcano.  It is a highly interesting part of the exhibit that gives you a good view of the glaciers and volcanoes located not so far from the Lava Center.  When you finish the exhibition, you can watch the movie in the volcano cinema schedule every 20 minutes from the top of the hour.  At the end of your educational tour, you can visit the viewing deck on top of the museum for an excellent view to some of the nearby glaciers/volcanoes.

Ash during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption

The artificial smoke you walk through in the museum is not as contaminated as the real chemically loaded smog produced by a volcano like here in the Eyjafjallajökull eruption

A good restaurant with good moderately priced food and a souvenir shop

In addition to the exhibits, the Lava Center offers an excellent place to have a meal at the Katla restaurant and café.  The restaurant offers a good variety of reasonably priced dishes but also a relaxing atmosphere for those traveling on the Ring Road or the South Region.  And if you are in the mood of shopping Rammagerðin souvenir shop offers an excellent variety of Iceland and volcano-related products.  The Lava Center is a convenient place to get an education, meal, and relaxation for anyone traveling the area.

Magma monster under the surface in Iceland

The magma monster beneath the surface in Iceland

Finding the Lava Center is quite simple

The Lava Center is located in the small village of Hvolsvöllur on the Ring Road, less than an hours drive from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.  As you will find out when visiting the museum you are in a place located near many exciting places and natural wonders like Þórsmörk, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Skogafoss and Hekla mountain.  Hvolsvöllur is also a place surrounded by historically rich places as far back as the settlement of Iceland.

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