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“One of the best attractions in Iceland!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre

Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre
Thorvaldseyri, Hvolsvollur 861 , Iceland
354-487-5757
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Owner description: Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre opened on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Because it’s at the foot of the volcano, visitors feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders. A short film (20 min) portrays the spectacular natural event, and the hectic times and incredible challenges met by the family farm of Thorvaldseyri.
Malvern, England, United Kingdom
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“One of the best attractions in Iceland!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stopped on the main road to catch a glimpse of the farmhouse we had seen in lessons (It was on most of the news reports at the time of the 2010 eruption) and the guide suggested we make an extra stop at the visitor centre..it was one of the best things we did on our trip. A short but beautifully shot film tells the story of the eruption from the family's point of view, and was narrated by the wife/mother. She was actually running the centre that day and spoke to us all (giving the students all a sticker for their notebooks/laptops!) The farm was one of the most successful in Iceland because the farmer was innovative and introduced new technologies and tried new things, and this visitor centre is the next 'new thing', the next diversification...they have made it really interesting and well worth a trip...

Visited February 2013
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“Fantastic little facility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The farmer and family featured in the short film are actually the people who built the centre and run it. I happened to be there twice - first time met the farmer and second time met his wife - I couldn't help but ask her how on earth she had managed to get her home clean after the ash! Lovely, resourceful, inspiring people.

The tour company 'Gateway to Iceland' try to include this stop in their South coast Adventure tour, however the visitor centre isn't always open in winter months

Visited September 2013
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Faenza, Italy
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were not expecting much and we were amazed. The twenty minutes film about Eyjafjallajökull Eruption is beautiful and touching. The place is small as well as the gift shop but all is very cute. Moreover it is on the n. 1 / Hringvegur road.

Visited August 2013
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“Worth a Stop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

There is a short film which explains the effects of Eyjafjakkajokull to the family which lived on the farm below. The entrance fee is 750kr but worth it as the film is very informative and explains how the farmers nearly lost their livelihood and how they rebuilt their farms. This is a heart felt film which gives you the full image of the devastation which was created. There is also a gift shop and you do not have to watch the film and pay the entrance fee but to get a true understanding that the volcano caused serious problems for the Icelandic farmers as well as stopping air traffic across Europe

Visited August 2013
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“a Must stop on your travels through southern Iceland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A small museum is host to the Eyjafjallajokull Erupts video. A small fee (750 Icelandic króna) is asked to view a spectacular 20 minute video that is available for purchase. Some incredible photos and other items are available to view also. For more information see their website http://www.icelanderupts.is/

Visited June 2013
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