Lava Centre
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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 demonstrates just how strong the presence of volcanoes has in contemporary Iceland. Feel the forces of nature as you experience an earthquake and see the Fiery Heart of Iceland, a 12 m 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 the last entry into the exhibition is at 15:40 and the movie at 16:00. The exhibition closes at 16:00.
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Indianapolis, IN63 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
While the movie was fine, a trip to Iceland is typically filled with outdoor activities and sites. The Lava Center is an indoor space serves well on rainy days for a break from the weather. We however were there on a beautiful day so very little time was spent there. If your in the area and need something out of the weather, this is a good stop. If it’s nice out, I may recommend skipping it for another waterfall etc.
Written July 22, 2022
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Extraordinary44297
23 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We went to watch the movie today. Exactly what we thought it would be. Pictures, video of different eruptions over the past 50 years. Great music with video no narrative, however it told the exact date and location of each erruption.. Great history of Iveland volcanic activity
Written June 29, 2022
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ashphy
Texas35 contributions
Jul 2021
Very friendly man greeted us at the entrance and made our 11 year old feel welcomed by giving him a 'special' pencil. The museum is interactive and set up very nicely. It's not very big, which works well with a kid. They have a nice film (with no narrator) in one of their rooms. Their gift shop seemed to have some really nice things. The cafe wasn't open while we were there. The restrooms were very clean.
Written July 31, 2021
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Katie P
Flintshire, UK764 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
We stopped here to use the toilet on the way along the coast and the parking is free. You can either buy a ticket for just the film/cinema or the film/cinema and interactive museum. We paid for the film/cinema and it was about £8-9~ and lasted about 15 minutes. It was a range of photos and videos with dramatic music, definitely not worth it. If you’re coming here it seems best to do the interactive museum from the good reviews below. The staff were super friendly and welcoming.
Written January 6, 2022
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Kristian B
1 contribution
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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Round_the_world
18 contributions
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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Dave K
Kingswinford, UK30 contributions
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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staceytann
Bend, OR131 contributions
Aug 2022
I surprisingly really enjoyed the lava center and would highly recommend it to everyone. It really gives you an insight look at the history, geology and science behind volcanoes in a really interesting and engaging way. Unfortunately weather didn’t allow a clear view on the viewing deck but on a nice day I bet it’s spectacular.
Written September 17, 2022
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Dmlsun
Rockledge, FL813 contributions
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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sdgirl2011
San Diego, CA227 contributions
Oct 2019
The Lava Center is truly a great place to visit for a primer on volcanos and lava activity. The center does a great job integrating technology with state of the art Lava exhibits, earthquake sensation rooms, and historic details on eruptions. To experience this place is to get a glimpse and realization that Iceland and the earth are both creating new landscape and can also deliver destruction. A “must do” in Iceland.
Written October 25, 2019
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