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Lava Centre, Hvolsvollur

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Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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ABOUT LAVA CENTRE

LAVA - Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Centre is an interactive experience that will reveal the epic forces of nature that shape our planet and created Iceland. You will literally feel the power beneath our feet and experience our biggest earthquake. You will feel small, you can touch, you can feel and you will see the "fiery heart" of Iceland.

Some of the experiences are not for the faint of heart. LAVA is a must-see. It’s a destination where you can learn, feel and taste. It's located in the town Hvolsvöllur in the heart of South Iceland and “within an arm’s reach” of many of the country's top tourist destinations.

LAVA is located by the foothills of our greatest volcanos on Iceland's Ring Road. LAVA will provide you with varied scenes and hands-on learning experiences, as well as a great 360˚ viewing platform that overlooks the great volcanos of Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla along with the beautiful Westman Islands off the south coast.

LAVA will be the HUB for daytrips and tours in South Iceland and a Tourist Information Center for the region. LAVA will include a souvenir shop, restaurant and a cozy coffeehouse.
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  • Worth a visit if you are in the area. Stunning visuals and fun interactive educational parts. Only thing is that the website stated you would see molten lava created there, but that's not true. Also.....  more
    Worth a visit if you are in the area. Stunning visuals and fun interactive educational parts. Only thing is that the website stated you would see molten lava created there, but that's not true. Also.....  more »
  • Maria was super helpful giving my five and seven year old a guided tour when we came in late in the day. The experience is well worth the price. And my daughter learned a lot and stay engaged... 
    Maria was super helpful giving my five and seven year old a guided tour when we came in late in the day. The experience is well worth the price. And my daughter learned a lot and stay engaged...  more »
  • I surprisingly really enjoyed the lava center and would highly recommend it to everyone. It really gives you an insight look at the history, geology and science behind volcanoes in a really... 
    I surprisingly really enjoyed the lava center and would highly recommend it to everyone. It really gives you an insight look at the history, geology and science behind volcanoes in a really...  more »
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  • It is a really nice museum for a quick visit. I think around 1 hour is enough for everything. Maybe it's a bit expensive but it's a really beautiful and well crafted interactive experience. There is also a nice shop with lots to buy and the staff is very nice as well.
  • Very instructive and quiet if you come between 9 and 10 am. We loved the interactive exhibition. The weather was clear and the view was stunning
  • This museum is amazing! I really liked that it was interactive. You had to move your arms and rotate a wheel for information. Besides that, it was sooo interesting and they give a great amount of information. Not to much, but what they do tell you is very interesting and breathing even. It might be a little bit pricey, but if you take the time to read everything and look at the movie and all the pictures, it's definitely worth it! The rooftop view is equally awesome. You can see all the active vulcanos in the region.
  • The Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur is a unique experience. On the roof of the building there is a platform from where one can see several volcanoes. The videos and interactive features are very important. The centre (museum) can be recommended.
  • * We we’re a school group* Very information. The movie in the cinema hall takes you through the most recent eruptions. The exhibition is amazing. Very clever exhibits. Super exhibits.

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