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“A real testament to the spirit of the Icelandic people”
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Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife and I stopped at this centre on a trip along the southern coast of Iceland in August 2012. This is well worth a stop. There is a very interesting and well made 20 minute documentary about the farm across the road during the eruption, a good an informative exhibition and a small merchandise shop. All the geography classes in the world won't give you the effect of what a volcanic eruption means to people but this film tells the human story of that eruption.
During the film we see how the farm coped during and after the eruption and you are left in admiration of the family concerned.
Even more remarkable is the fact that the centre itself was initiated, built and run by the family themselves in an old machine shed. It really is a case of "build it and they will come". We stopped twice at the centre and both time it was choc-a-bloc with visitors. This farm is known as being one of the most productive and innovative farms in Iceland. Having seen with my own eyes I am convinced of this. In little over two years they have cleared the land and have crops growing in the fields again, and there is little evidence of that cataclysmic eruption. They have built an opportunity and a thriving cottage tourist industry out of what most of us would consider a disaster and where lesser men and women would have given up completely.
I strongly advise you to visit...even if it is only to learn what you can actually achieve when confronted by extarordinary circumstances. Truly inspirational. Best of all you get all the merchandise at exactly the same price as you would in Rekyjavik....and cheaper than at some other Tourist outlets, plus he very generously gives away free ash across the road at the entrance to the farm. It makes me wonder just how much Eyjafjallajokull ash has been transported worldwide by visiting tourists......maybe its his crafty way of getting rid of ash off his land.

5  Thank anthonymcevoy
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

The Eyjafjallajokull visitor center gives an inspiring view into the way the people in Iceland reacted to the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajokull and decided not to let this epic natural disaster ruin their lives and their homes. Truly inspiring.

1  Thank ryanhew
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

scoop up some volcanic ash and bring back as a souvenir :)

1  Thank Elli B
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

A great (and quite emotional) film that shows how a family has farmed below the volcano of Eyjafjallajokull for generations. Very well worth stopping for and taking a 30/40 minute stop (And often it is family members who are in teh small centre so all your questions can be asked).

1  Thank Ian H
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

This little shack by the side of the road ended up being one of he most talked about moments of our whole trip to Iceland. Seeing the movie from the point of view of the farmers who live across the road from the centre and who are the family who runs the visitor cenre, was something that evoked great conversation amongst our family. It was a documentary of an unchosen event in one families life and you are rtight there watching this unfold in awe. While the little museum itself can be done in less than 15 minutes, the movie is what is worth the admisson. About 2kms further east down the highway you will see huge piles of black ash off to the right side of the road. We did our part to help clean up the volcanic ash and filled our water bottles with the black ash as a great reminder of a wonderful trip!!!!!

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