Lava Centre
Lava Centre
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The LAVA Centre features an interactive exhibition exploring the art and science of geology and the volcanic systems in Iceland. Information from the past century’s eruptions demonstrates just how strong the presence of volcanoes has in contemporary Iceland. Feel the forces of nature as you experience an earthquake and see the Fiery Heart of Iceland, a 12 m high structure simulating the Mantle plume and the magma flow underneath Iceland. In an educational learning centre, you can explore the wonders of volcanoes and earthquakes through interactive computers and there’s also a cinema auditorium where visitors can see the magnificence of volcanic eruptions in HD 4K. Please note that the last entry into the exhibition is at 16:30 and the movie is at 16:40. The exhibition closes at 17:00.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • RIchard035
    Northwood, United Kingdom1,327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn all about volcanoes and earthquakes
    Interesting and informative museum on the science and history of earthquakes and volcanoes. You can stand on disks in the museum and experience different types of earthquakes. Well worth a visit. The cafe was closed when we were there but there are outside picnic tables and a small shop selling snacks in the nearby filling station.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Susan D
    809 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lava Center worthwhile
    Expensive but good museum. We were staying near Hvollsvollur and decided to stop in. We just missed a bus full of school children and there were hardly any other people while we were there. I think the emptiness added to our experience. It's been a while since I learned about volcanoes. Fascinating facts about the various eruptions in Iceland. A very nice gift shop.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 June 2023
  • LM E
    Saint Paul, Minnesota46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit museum!
    Fabulous museum built around remnants of a home destroyed in the eruption. Fascinating videos and photos with great interactive exhibits. I learned a lot and was mesmerized by the survival stories. Great little coffee cafe too!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Adam H
    Chicago, Illinois25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Context for Iceland's Geology and Volcanos
    We were staying in Hella, and visited the museum early on in our trip, which was a great choice, because it gave us the context for Iceland's geology and volcanic history before we saw it up close and personal. We learned about the different types of volcanos and lava flows with very effective and interactive exhibits. The sights, sounds and information were top-notch. We spent an hour there, but could have probably spent another 30-40 minutes if we had more time. If you are in the Hella are or touring the South Coast, I would recommend stopping here.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Jocelyn B
    Saskatoon, Canada13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immersive and very informative - must do for context before exploring the surroundings!
    We were travelling around Iceland on our own and visited the museum before adventuring closer to many of the volcanoes. The exhibit and film really helped us to understand the context of the area and Iceland's volcanic history - past, present, and future - especially the details that we weren't previously familiar with. The exhibit is very interactive and engaging to learn about the different types of volcanoes and magma/lava flows. We were surprised that it was not only interactive but somewhat immersive by incorporating multiple senses into the experience. We spent about 75 minutes to watch the film and wander through the exhibit rooms, reading most of the information available. We chose to do the viewing platform last, which helped to incorporate the information from the exhibit into the surroundings. We would recommend stopping here and taking your time to learn about Iceland's volcanoes past, present, and future.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 March 2024
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Jocelyn B
Saskatoon, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We were travelling around Iceland on our own and visited the museum before adventuring closer to many of the volcanoes. The exhibit and film really helped us to understand the context of the area and Iceland's volcanic history - past, present, and future - especially the details that we weren't previously familiar with. The exhibit is very interactive and engaging to learn about the different types of volcanoes and magma/lava flows. We were surprised that it was not only interactive but somewhat immersive by incorporating multiple senses into the experience. We spent about 75 minutes to watch the film and wander through the exhibit rooms, reading most of the information available. We chose to do the viewing platform last, which helped to incorporate the information from the exhibit into the surroundings. We would recommend stopping here and taking your time to learn about Iceland's volcanoes past, present, and future.
Written 2 March 2024
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Adam H
Chicago, IL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were staying in Hella, and visited the museum early on in our trip, which was a great choice, because it gave us the context for Iceland's geology and volcanic history before we saw it up close and personal. We learned about the different types of volcanos and lava flows with very effective and interactive exhibits. The sights, sounds and information were top-notch. We spent an hour there, but could have probably spent another 30-40 minutes if we had more time. If you are in the Hella are or touring the South Coast, I would recommend stopping here.
Written 17 January 2024
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William F
Fort Lauderdale, FL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
So good! Really unassuming from the front but the interactive exhibits and up to the minute updates on the active volcanoes was amazing
Written 25 December 2023
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tiltedaxis
Jacksonville, FL388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Quick stop but informative and fun. Enjoyed learning about the earthquake activity and seeing the recent tracking of it. Not huge, but they do also have a nice gift shop.
Written 10 December 2023
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jojoma56
New York City, NY84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The movie is a must. It gives you an understanding of Icelands volcanic history. Interactive section is fun and interesting. Worth the trip
Written 19 November 2023
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Nadina P
New York City, NY353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
We came here as a part of a group tour. It was informative and interactive, pretty kid friendly. I'm not sure I would have come here on my own, though. The views from above are stunning--the views everywhere in Iceland are stunning.
Written 4 November 2023
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jess
Surbiton, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
For £60, this was very overpriced and uninformative. Earthquake simulator was awful. Would not recommend unless you want an expensive pit stop, I would just continue driving in hindsight
Written 28 October 2023
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nugemolaca
San Diego, CA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
From the overview map on the table, the constantly-updating earthquake stats on the wall, to the movie, this place is fantastic. So much information on tectonics, types of eruptions and the topography they cause. It is a must-stop to get a great appreciation on just what the heck is going on literally all around you as we were completing the ring road with Nordic Visitor tours.
Written 22 October 2023
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Cesar N
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I found the experience highly educational and high tech. It was great to learn more about volcanoes and how they shaped Iceland. The staff was also very helpful. It was a nice day too, so we were able to spot some of the volcanoes from their rooftop.
Written 14 October 2023
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Jo
West Sussex, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Cool film footage combined with an interactive experience that explains how Iceland formed and why it continues to be so active.
Written 2 October 2023
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