Lava Centre

Lava Centre, Hvolsvollur: Hours, Address, Lava Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Lava Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The LAVA centre features an interactive exhibition exploring the art and science of geology and the volcanic systems in Iceland. Information from the past century’s eruptions demonstrate just how strong a presence volcanoes have in contemporary Iceland. Feel the forces of nature as you experience an earthquake and see the Fiery Heart of Iceland, a 12m high structure simulating the Mantle plume and the magma flow underneath Iceland. In an educational learning centre you can explore the wonders of volcanoes and earthquakes through interactive computers and there’s also a cinema auditorium where visitors can see the magnificence of volcanic eruptions in HD 4K. Please note that last entry into the exhibition is at 18:40 and the movie at 19:00. The exhibition closes 19:15.
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1-2 hours
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Round_the_world
18 contributions
Informative, if a little cheesy...
Oct 2019
We had some time this day and so stopped here, even though it did seem a bit touristy. Still though, we found it informative. The interactive displays were a bit cheesy, but also added some fun to the museum. Since Iceland is so volcanic, it make some sense to learn a bit more about how this affects and drives the country. Recommended.
Written September 2, 2020
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FrenchTraveller001
Paris, France707 contributions
Excellent and comprehensive
Aug 2020 • Friends
The lava centre offers an excellent overview of volcanic activities in Iceland. It is brand new and the exhibits are comprehensive. The movie is quite impressive. A must-go place.
Written August 21, 2020
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30travelsandy
Switzerland27 contributions
a must do when you are in the area
Jul 2020
Learned a lot about volcanoes and refreshed some knowledge back from school. Fantastic how they explains the differences of stones, magma, how causes an earthquake and the role of course Iceland has in it. A must do when you are in Iceland. Call before you go, due to Covid its not always open.
Written August 7, 2020
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Kristian B
1 contribution
Not open on the day we booked!
Jul 2020 • Couples
It turns out the place has restricted opening days currently - only open Thursday to Sunday. We had booked tickets in advance for a Monday, but had not been informed so we very disappointed to Stevie it was closed when we arrived, and that they had not notified us! I wrote them about this right afterwards, and have not heard from them more than 24 hours later. I have received an auto email though saying the hours we enjoyed our visit! I do hope to get an apology and refund at one point!
Written July 14, 2020
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Ficie
Reykjavik, Iceland467 contributions
Informative and well made
Jun 2020
An interesting museum with interactive exhibits explaining the formation of lava, and types of lava found in Iceland. There's also a short (silent) film at the end going over the main eruptions that have taken place in Iceland in the past few years. My husband and I enjoyed it - it's not just for kids, although there were a lot of kids, and they seemed to have a good time.
Advised to spend an hour during a bad weather day.
Written July 4, 2020
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Edda R
32 contributions
Fantastic
Jun 2020
Service is amazing, scenes are beautiful and very informative.
Kids loved going too. Would reccomend going
Written June 21, 2020
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O5237VEjanec
Norwich, UK17 contributions
Interesting
May 2019
The Lava Exhibition looks a very unassuming building but it was definitely worth going. I particularly liked the earthquake simulator and the interactive screens showing volcanoes erupting
Written April 1, 2020
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Dmlsun
Rockledge, FL810 contributions
Iceland’s Volcanos Explained
Mar 2020 • Friends
Wonderful small learning center specialized in Iceland volcanos. We really loved the informational video and walk through museum. The museum area was interactive and quite longer than I expected. A very nice gift shop is also there.
Written March 15, 2020
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Dave K
Kingswinford, UK30 contributions
Fabulous Museum
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were thoroughly impressed with the Lava Museum in every respect. The interactive displays provided a lot of information showing the history of Iceland's volcanoes and how the island came to be. It was a fascinating hour spent there and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Iceland.
Written March 11, 2020
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Peggy j
Waterlooville, UK451 contributions
Great museum
Jan 2020
Very interesting museum and a good way to spend the time in cold weather, when hoping for aurora borealis viewings in winter. Interesting displays of Iceland’s land of fire, ice and lava!
Written February 23, 2020
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  • Thu - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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