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Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre

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Address: Thorvaldseyri, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland
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+354 487 5757
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Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre opened on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year...

Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre opened on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Because it’s at the foot of the volcano, visitors feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders. A short film (20 min) portrays the spectacular natural event, and the hectic times and incredible challenges met by the family farm of Thorvaldseyri.

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Excellent place to stop if travelling on the south coast road

This place used to be an outbuilding for the farm at the base of the volcano prior to its eruption in 2010. It is now converted to a mini cinema, information centre and gift shop... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 2, 2017
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Shoreham-by-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

This place used to be an outbuilding for the farm at the base of the volcano prior to its eruption in 2010. It is now converted to a mini cinema, information centre and gift shop. The film they show is about 20 mins long and tells the story of the eruption from the perspective of the farm owners and is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

Conveniently located. You can’t miss it. I would not consider this a must-see attraction. However, because we were visiting the nearby geothermal pool (which, in my opinion is a must in Iceland), we stopped here. We watched the documentary, which was very informative and interesting. We purchased a few gifts and were on our way back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center, we watched a documentary and learnt about the locals' living next to a glacier and an active volcano. The initial portion of the 20 minutes documentary, displayed the destructive nature and wrath of the volcanic eruption. However, the later part of the video showcased the resilient human spirit and indomitable attitude of the farmers who... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Stopped over this place on our trip to Vik and this place reminded us of our experiences in 2010. They have put a nice pics in front of their farm house, which is just beneath the volcano.. it was some experience for us to feel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

We are glad we stopped to see this short documentary on the impact of the volcanic eruption to one local family. It portrayed the stoic determination of a community to manage the eruption and its aftermath with ingenuity and good humor. In addition, the arial views of the mountains and eruption are stunning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

I was prepared to be underwhelmed by another tourist honey pot but was pleasantly surprised. The charming young man on the till was very welcoming and helpful (even very tolerantly pronouncing the volcano name several times for a coach party). The 20 minute film was at times poignant as it described the predicament of the family who farm under the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

Good value very informative. Great views of the mountains. Great staff who were very knowledgeable. Would recommend

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

Entry is 850krona to see the movie. Its focused on the family and their lives during the eruption. I wouldn't say its a must see, but if you have the time and extra money it can be done on the way to Vik.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Fortunately, the days I've visited here, there has been no real smoke. This is the famous unpronounceable volcano that erupted and disrupted North American to European travel for so long back in May 2010. This is just off the southern ring road. We stopped by as part of a trip from Reykjavik to Vik, and is easily accessible, only a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

4th September 2016. We pulled off the Southern Ring Road next to the long drive to the farm that sits (uncomfortably I'd imagine) beneath this massive volcano. There are tourist information signs describing the events of April 2010 when this volcano erupted. What fascinated us was that the family on the farm - adults and children - just kept working;... More 

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