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Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre
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$403.20*
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South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik with 3 hours of hiking on a Glacier
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South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik with Tandem Paragliding Flight
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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 February 20, 2013

This is located across the road from the farm that was inundated with ash when the volcano erupted in 2010, and the farm owners opened this small attraction. For 750 ISK, you get to see a 20-minute film about the eruption and how it affected the farm and general area. The film was informative and provided an insider's view of the event. However, that's pretty much it. The only other part of the attraction is a gift shop.

It was a little disappointing, especially having been to the Mount St. Helen's Visitor Center in Washington State. But Eyjafjallajokull was a totally different type of volcano and did not have the same destructive force as Mt. St. Helen's.

Thank blare246
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We were advised to visit this place by our SIA guide from the previous day. He warned us that we would need to phone ahead and not just turn up. When we phoned at the beginning of the day we were told that a coach load were booked in to visit when we wanted to go, so we put it off until later in the day when we were on our way home. At this time we had the centre to ourselves. The film worked very well and we very much enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions of a member of the family afterwards.

I had been sceptical about stopping here for a visit but I'm glad we did.

Thank 14jaym
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

A clever visitor centre that looks at the eruption from the perspective of a farming family living at the base of the glacier. Really informative film, would definitely take the children to learn from this

Thank Rjmackintosh
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The place is a solemn reminder of one of the most devastating natural disasters. The place has a museum, a small library and cafe. The movie gives an idea of the devastation. The inspiration comes from the couple running the center gives who have really transformed the area around them for betterment.

Thank Niloy_12
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

I was in Iceland just after the eruption in 2010. The area had been devastaed and was in a great mess.

Returning in 2011 the the regrowth was great to see. But when I visited again November 2012, I was taken to the visitors centre, and the steeley reserve, the spirit and the stoicism of the Icelander was appparent and truly inspirational

Watching the video and I was amazed at how the people who owned the farm had fared. the devastation on the face of the farmer, as he surveyed the damage to his home and the family. The woman at the centre truly inspired me, and it was a great pleasure to meet her.

The centre is a sovenier shop, an information bureau, a library all rolled into one, and the woman herself, along with her family showed exactly what a can do attitude can achieve. It is one level, so anyone with mobility issues should not be concerned. The DVD is available for purchase.

This family was served lemons, and along with the other families beneath the volcano, or in fact any of the areas under the threat of eruption, or floods, because of them, or any of the natural environmental dangers of Iceland, show real courage, and self preservation. But with those lemons instead of dying along their crops they showed, what can be done, and they made lemonade, and just got on with the job of cleaning up, and moving forward. What an inspiration.

Thank Aussiegrannie
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