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.
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