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Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre
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$371.50*
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South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik with 3 hours of hiking on a Glacier
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Hvolsvollur
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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.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fantastic little facility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

The farmer and family featured in the short film are actually the people who built the centre and run it. I happened to be there twice - first time met the farmer and second time met his wife - I couldn't help but ask her how on earth she had managed to get her home clean after the ash! Lovely, resourceful, inspiring people.

The tour company 'Gateway to Iceland' try to include this stop in their South coast Adventure tour, however the visitor centre isn't always open in winter months

Visited September 2013
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Faenza, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were not expecting much and we were amazed. The twenty minutes film about Eyjafjallajökull Eruption is beautiful and touching. The place is small as well as the gift shop but all is very cute. Moreover it is on the n. 1 / Hringvegur road.

Visited August 2013
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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Worth a Stop!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

There is a short film which explains the effects of Eyjafjakkajokull to the family which lived on the farm below. The entrance fee is 750kr but worth it as the film is very informative and explains how the farmers nearly lost their livelihood and how they rebuilt their farms. This is a heart felt film which gives you the full image of the devastation which was created. There is also a gift shop and you do not have to watch the film and pay the entrance fee but to get a true understanding that the volcano caused serious problems for the Icelandic farmers as well as stopping air traffic across Europe

Visited August 2013
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MA
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“a Must stop on your travels through southern Iceland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

A small museum is host to the Eyjafjallajokull Erupts video. A small fee (750 Icelandic króna) is asked to view a spectacular 20 minute video that is available for purchase. Some incredible photos and other items are available to view also. For more information see their website http://www.icelanderupts.is/

Visited June 2013
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“Eyjafjallajokull's eruption and the family who lived through it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

The short film shown at this small visitor center conveys what the news footage does not- the truly terrifying experience of the eruption and the family who experienced Eyjafjallajokull's fury. This family was one of 3 farms at the base of the volcano. They survived the eruption and set up this small center to share their personal experience and to show their remarkable resilience and recovery in the face of true devastation. A worthy visit.

Visited August 2013
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