LAVA Centre Volcano and Earthquake Exhibition, Cinema & Observation deck

LAVA Centre Volcano and Earthquake Exhibition, Cinema & Observation deck
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LAVA Centre, Austurvegur, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
1 hour
All year
Minimum age
6 years old


Learning has never been so earthshaking. Join us at this state-of-the-art exhibition to find out everything you ever wanted to know about Iceland’s volcanic activity. The LAVA Centre is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes, and Iceland's creation over millions of years. The most awarded exhibition in Iceland, the LAVA Centre offers a unique insight into the forces that shape our planet.

Examine the various volcanoes—the eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults, and glacial floods—that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. Explore how some cataclysmic eruptions have influenced Icelandic society throughout history. The interactive screens will give you a sense of scale and eruption magnitude.

You’ll be able to touch various kinds of lava and tephra as you discover how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates combine with a ‘hot spot’ of surging magma from the Earth's mantle to create a recipe for constant volcanic activity.

The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland’s elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanoes and earthquake zones. Our volcano experts will excite and educate you with plenty of earth-shattering tales of “Iceland on the Move.” The centre also includes a restaurant, coffee shop, and souvenir store, making this the perfect place to spend time before or after an adventure along the South Coast.

The centre is located in the town of Hvolsvöllur on the main ring road near the South Coast, by the foothills of some of Iceland’s greatest volcanoes. From LAVA’s observation platform, there is a great view of Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, and Hekla, along with the beautiful Westman Islands off the south coast. 

Discover the forces that give this country the nickname “the land of ice and fire” and join us at the LAVA Center. Click on a date to check availability and reserve your LAVA Center slot today.

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