Hekla Centre

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The Hekla Center houses a contemporary, multimedia exhibition on Mount Hekla, its history, and its influence on human life in Iceland from the time of the island's settlement until now. The Hekla Center is a working tourist information center, providing tourists advice about all of the surrounding area, including Mount Hekla, and organizing numerous trips to the mountain from Leirubakki.
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merisunshyne
Boston, MA20 contributions
Couples
Very interesting exhibit, but scared the bejeezus out of me too! I felt unprepared for what to do if Hekla ever erupted! The whole museum took about 20 minutes to go though.
Written June 12, 2015
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Rutman
Rapid City, SD391 contributions
Family
We took a detour to drive up to this attraction, thinking we had found a real visitor center. We were sadly disappointed. It was just as expensive as every other "museum" in Iceland and ess interesting,even though the exterior looked promising. The best aspect was viewing a digital reading of the underground movements of the mountain. Unless you are driving by and have plenty of time and money, I would skip this one.
Written August 16, 2016
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HafsteinnThor
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Solo
I went there on my way to see Hekla and was sadly disappointed. The entrance fee was 900kr. and the main opening to the exhibit was dark and dangerous with dimmly lid two steps down (no wheelchair access and a bit dangerous for guest that enter). The hall was poorly maintained for the lighting was broken at some sections. There were several display monitors with footage of Hekla and its surroundings and one monitor was broken.The information about the volcano did not do it justice and therefor I didn't learn much about it.
This exhibit is lacking ambition and could be so much better because Hekla is one of the greatest mythological volcano's in the world.
Didn't check the restaurant but the souvenir shop was small and lacking in creativity.
Written August 4, 2016
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steven w
carlisle cumbria uk6 contributions
Solo
I actually visited Hekla Centre on 6th April 2010 following my experience of the lava eruption by Eyjafjallajökull.
Firstly the Hekla Centre is up to date regarding Heklas eruptions, last eruption was 26th February-6th March 2000. Some reviews state centre was not up to date, incorrect.
I recommend visiting this centre for following reasons. There is great information on Hekla, its previous eruptions and their effects. I liked the very good displays, the film show and the true stories. The building is a wonderful design and very aesthetically pleasing. Blends in perfectly with nearby Hekla Volcano and the extensive lava fields.
What I don't recommend is climbing Hekla without a local expert. Hekla is dangerous, even when quiet, in mist and will give very little warning before it erupts.
Well worthwhile visiting Hekla Centre and is a safe alternative. The centres location has great views of Hekla Volcano.

Yours.
Steven Wright.
Cumbria
UK
Written August 4, 2018
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ledep87
2 contributions
Solo
It's a shame that in such a beautiful location and such a great building there is a poor exhibition, and a totally unaware staff. Attention: they can be really rude if you ask to use the hotel wi-fi. The ticket is absolutely over-priced. Not recommended at all. Go to see Hekla, not Hekla center.
Written April 12, 2017
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persistent
Lewes, UK482 contributions
Couples
this is a tourist trap. we learned little and felt it was not worth the fee. there is a view of Hekla from a largish window , supposedly the centrepiece but the glass is cracked right across. It says it all!
Written September 7, 2015
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T-Luan
Ramsgate, UK101 contributions
Couples
The exhibition centre part of the Hekla was quite small and didn't take that long to walk round (please note I am a faster reader and take information in quickly) but it was generally informative with some good video footage. The centre also serves food which we didn't try and has a souvenir shop. Outside the centre there are good views of Hekla itself.
Unfortunately it is about 30 mins (I think) from the ring road which given are experience of the centre didn't justify our detour.
Written July 9, 2015
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Colm N
Crawley, UK186 contributions
This is a slightly strange little place but definitely worth a stop if you're nearby.
The exhibition takes about 30 minutes to go around and is interesting if a little tame by modern exhibition standards.
Tends towards the informative as opposed to the entertaining. Some of the light shows were not working and it felt a little tired.
The cafe/restaurant beside it has full-length windows with amazing views of Hekla and the surrounding countryside. We had coffee and deserts which were lovely. Prices were reasonable by Icelandic standards.
Staff were friendly.
Written September 2, 2019
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Annelies B
Antwerp Province, Belgium213 contributions
I read about this museum being small and a bit outdated, so I knew what to expect, but still wanted to have a look myself.

Indeed, the museum is small, with not so much information, but the displays and atmosphere are good.

Some screens did not work (which we were informed off in advance). This can be a nice “stop” but I think the price is a bit too high and they should not call it a museum, more of “a small exhibition” to get the right expectations.
Written August 18, 2019
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Highlander-GG
Rochester Hills, MI459 contributions
Friends
An interesting stop near the Hekla Volanic area. A nice facility with some information on the history of Hekla.
Written June 15, 2018
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