Eldheimar
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, without a doubt one of Iceland's biggest natural disaster. Visitors get a glimpse into peoples lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again.
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  • John P
    Melbourne, Australia1,156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    living an eruption!
    The location of this museum on the slope of a volcano and the inclusion of a home inundated by lava illustrate the story of the eruption of the Heimaey island volcano imaginatively and effectively. The horrors of the night of the event and succeeding weeks is brought to reality brilliantly and we left viewing the town and community in a completely different way. Great lights in the cafe too!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 3, 2023
  • LM E
    Saint Paul, Minnesota49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit museum!
    Fabulous museum built around remnants of a home destroyed in the eruption. Fascinating videos and photos with great interactive exhibits. I learned a lot and was mesmerized by the survival stories. Great little coffee cafe too!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • KarenM1_10
    1,045 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done
    We visited this museum while on a tour from our cruise ship. It was built around the remains of one of the homes that was buried in the 1973 eruption. It is very well done and worth a visit. An audio guide is provided, which helps provide further information on what you are seeing as you walk through the various areas of the museum. The museum has two floors. The significant displays are on the first floor. However, it is worth a trip to the second level where there are additional exhibits, as well as a bathroom and a café.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Jenny H
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    We visited with our 5 and 7 year old sons and were all captivated. (I think it helped that we had context from our ATV tour in the morning). The museum is so well done! The audio tour gives clear explanations and there is plenty to see, with photos and videos to bring it to life and a few ‘hands-on’ activities. It is amazing and humbling to see the remains of a family home and hear the personal stories. The architecture of the museum is fantastic. So glad we went!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
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Unnur G
Doha, Qatar17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
I can highly reccommend this museum. You really get the feeling how it was, and the stories behind it, the people that left and those who stayed. Do not miss out on the documentary video they have. They give you a headset and dictaphone, so when you move around, the storyteller tells you about each section of the museum.
Written August 7, 2022
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Owen Thesaints
Kent728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We headed to Eldheimar Volcano museum, which described in a very innovative way how the 1973 volcanic eruption had such a devastating effect on the island. The centre piece of the museum was an excavated house, having been buried under 50 feet of pumice. It was very poignant to see some of the day to day items which had been retrieved in situ - a stark reminder of the effects of the powerful eruption. We followed an audio tour of a number of exhibits detailing more of the consequences of the eruption, including the evacuation of the population and the subsequent rebuilding. It was a very worthwhile visit, the exhibits vividly portraying the effects of the eruption.
Written June 14, 2022
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The location of this museum on the slope of a volcano and the inclusion of a home inundated by lava illustrate the story of the eruption of the Heimaey island volcano imaginatively and effectively. The horrors of the night of the event and succeeding weeks is brought to reality brilliantly and we left viewing the town and community in a completely different way. Great lights in the cafe too!
Written July 3, 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited this museum while on a tour from our cruise ship. It was built around the remains of one of the homes that was buried in the 1973 eruption. It is very well done and worth a visit. An audio guide is provided, which helps provide further information on what you are seeing as you walk through the various areas of the museum. The museum has two floors. The significant displays are on the first floor. However, it is worth a trip to the second level where there are additional exhibits, as well as a bathroom and a café.
Written October 5, 2023
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Jenny H
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We visited with our 5 and 7 year old sons and were all captivated. (I think it helped that we had context from our ATV tour in the morning). The museum is so well done! The audio tour gives clear explanations and there is plenty to see, with photos and videos to bring it to life and a few ‘hands-on’ activities. It is amazing and humbling to see the remains of a family home and hear the personal stories. The architecture of the museum is fantastic. So glad we went!
Written April 5, 2024
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Humphiedoodle
Baltimore, MD52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Excellent way to learn about the volcanic eruption in 1973. it was a nice break to listen to the information instead of reading it and while listening you can soak in all the photos and images on the walls and get a good idea of what happened. I especially liked the movie at the end that interviewed the people who experienced the eruption first hand. the ruins of the house are impressive. the upstairs exhibit is interesting too. learned a lot about volcanos in a place where it was real. totally worth it.
Written June 11, 2022
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LM E
Saint Paul, MN49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fabulous museum built around remnants of a home destroyed in the eruption. Fascinating videos and photos with great interactive exhibits. I learned a lot and was mesmerized by the survival stories. Great little coffee cafe too!
Written September 20, 2023
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Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This museum was very cool. It's probably not something I would have found on my own, but I do like ruins of any kind, and I loved Earth Science in high school. It was really cool to walk around and see the house that had been excavated from an eruption. If you go upstairs, there's a lovely deck overlooking the island and some walking trails you can check out. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to see this, especially with such beautiful scenery. But I'm still glad I went!
Written November 4, 2023
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Tissa.travels
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This museum tells the story about the 1973 volcanic eruption on Heimaey Island. It's built around one of the dug out houses, very well laid out and very informative.
Written April 20, 2020
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Jake23
New Jersey6,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
This museum was built around a house which was buried by volcano ash. You getting a guided walking tour when you pay your fee to enter the museum. While small the museum was still worth a stop. We basically had the place to ourselves. He top floor of the museum was dedicated to Surtsey, an island that was created by a volcanic eruption. While you can not visit Surtsey you can ale a boat tour around it and see it from the main land. A nice well kept museum in an interesting. Check it out.
Written April 7, 2016
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