Winter is coming to Iceland and very often we have what Icelanders call “window weather”: cold , an often windy, sunny weather that looks nice through the window if you are inside, but it is not so nice to be outside in. The weather was like this in Southern Iceland a few days ago, the perfect day for a nice drive, so I decided to go on a day trip from Reykjavik to visit one of Iceland’s newest attractions, the LAVA Volcano and Earthquake Centre, an interactive exhibition on Iceland’s volcanoes and geology.
I had heard nice things about the LAVA Centre before but I honestly did not think a visit there could be so interesting and fun at the same time.
Located in Hvolsvöllur, just off the Ring Road and in close proximity to some of Iceland’s famous volcanoes like Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla, the LAVA Centre is a great day trip from Reykjavik or a stop you can add to your tour while exploring the South coast of Iceland.
I started my experience at the LAVA Centre in the cinema auditorium, where a short and quite dramatic movie about the most impressive volcanic eruptions in Iceland is shown.
After the movie I moved on to the exhibition itself and I was very nicely impressed as it is extremely well done.
As you enter the exhibition, your eyes are caught by a very cool red-lit wall that is in fact a timeline with the main eruptions in Iceland, followed by an interactive table where you can learn about how Iceland was formed.
You can then learn about how earthquakes happen and feel the power of nature as you experience an earthquake yourself before you enter my favorite room at the LAVA Centre and see the heart of Iceland, a structure which simulates the magma flow underneath the country.
You can learn about the different types of lava you find in Iceland and, through interactive computers and screens, you will learn more about volcanoes and how they are formed.
LAVA also offers a tourist information center, a souvenir shop and a nice restaurant where you can find a varied buffet, soups and of course cakes and coffee.
The LAVA Centre is a very interesting and exciting museum I don’t think you should miss while you are visiting Iceland: it is very informative, it’s cool, it’s fun, and you learn a lot about many of the natural wonders you will see while you explore beautiful Iceland.
They certainly did a great job here and it is highly recommended stop.
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Text: Elisa Maccagnoni – Iceland Premium Tours