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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...more
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Gerdisbraut 10, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

This gorgeous island experienced a volcano in 1973. Thanks to a lot of good luck and very hard work by the residents, no one died from The occurance and the Community rebuilt itself. It’s a great story and well-told.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Phyllis B
Reviewed November 6, 2018

An excellent monument of the 1973 eruption on Heimaey. Technically well organized, with the black ash, and roaring volcano sound in the background, which gave us goosebumps.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Davíð G
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We enjoyed our afternoon in this interesting, interactive museum. We would definitely visit this museum again.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank sdakota2016
Reviewed November 4, 2018

It's unbelievable to see the destruction of the volcano. Fascinating museum. Thankful noone lost their life. Worth the trip!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank HarrisClan_10
Reviewed October 27, 2018

This museum tells the story of the 1973 Eldfell volcanic eruption that destroyed much of the town of Vestmannaeyjar, covering it in ash. The story is told chronologically with films, audio tracks and exhibits, and you should take your time to immerse yourself in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank TonySwiss
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

If you’re visiting Heimaey then you shouldn’t miss this museum, documenting the volcanic eruption in 1973, the subsequent evacuation of the island and the clean-up afterwards. The excavated house is really fascinating, and the documentary with interviews of those who lost their homes is very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Cez79
Reviewed October 2, 2018

The museum very well designed and maximizes the visitors experience and feeling for the 1973 eruption on Heimaey. You can see the eruption and hear the sound of it. You can see a house that was buried underneath the ash but has been excavated. There...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Global799541
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

After hiking Eldfell in the morning we walked down the hill and took in this museum. It is built on an actual site of a home destroyed when Eldfell erupted in 1973. This museum is extremely informative and I do recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 194debbiem
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Someone definitely put a lot of time and love into this museum! Fully immersive and entertaining, much more interesting and better value than the Lava museum on the mainland (you get a three for one ticket to this, the aquarium, and the folk museum for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Maggie C
Reviewed September 19, 2018

This interactive, and very visual, exhibition tells this story in a way that makes it interesting and easy to understand.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Palo Alto, California
ELDHEIMAR museum OR LAVA Centre? (or both)? (6 Replies)
Hi, If we're short on time should we go to the ELDHEIMAR museum OR the LAVA Centre? (or both)? Do they cover the same information? We'd probably go to both on the same day. Also, do you have to buy tickets to the LAVA Centre ahead of time or can we just show up? We're travelling in July. Thanks.
July 03, 2017|
Response fromDana O|
I've never been to the Lava Centre, but Eldheimar was super good. Especially if you hike to the summit of Eldfell right afterwards. Eldheimar only gives the local history of the 1973 Eldfell eruption and evacuation. so i highly doubt it covers the same information as the other one.
Madeira, Ohio
Day trip to Westmann Island (2 Replies)
Hello, Our family of five (four adults and a four-year old daughter) is interested in doing a day trip to Westmann Islands on September 11 from our base in Hvolsvöllur. What are your top tips for a fun day there? What logistics tips do you have? Should we take our rental car with us? From what I've read, here are activities that interest us. How would you recommend we organize the day? Eldheimar museum Hike up to Eldfell Volcano (45 minute climb up, windy) Saeheimar Aquarium ...More
July 02, 2018|
Response fromheiditravelssoon|
Definitely go to the Aquarium. If you can see some puffins close up there, its great! Especially for your 4 year old. We also did a tour with Eyja tours and enjoyed it. We took our rental car with us but didn't use it. We were too scared of the return journey being to a different port and getting stranded without our car!