The Lava Centre is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. It is the most awarded exhibition in Iceland both when it comes to design and technology.
LAVA Centre is the gateway to the South Coast of Iceland and the most active volcanic area on the island. It is the perfect place to start the tour along the south coast, passing sleeping volcanoes and black lava beaches, to comprehend the magnitude of the eruptions and to understand why and how they happen. It is also by far the best place in Iceland to learn more about the ongoing eruption at Fagradalsfjall, both the current situation and the reason it's there.
At Lava Centre, you will learn about the birth and growth of Iceland as one of the world’s largest volcanic islands. It has risen during millions of years from the submarine North Atlantic Ridge, through countless volcanic eruptions. They occur as a large mantle plume locally adds molten rock to the magma up-flow beneath the rifting segments that line this ridge. The spreading along the ridge results in the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates moving apart 20 kilometres every million years. You will see the history of all eruptions in Iceland since 1900 and learn more about the giants surrounding the exhibition: Hekla, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. You will also see how active the island is on live earthquake monitors, experience earthquakes and geothermal areas. A movie showing the immense power of the latest eruption, including the ongoing eruption at Fagradalsfjall, in the best available definition and sound, will make you even more excited about the trip ahead.
This includes the exhibition, the movie, the observation deck as well as the reception area with detailed earthquake information.
WiFi and toilets are complimentary.
Great access for the physically impaired, wheelchairs available on request.
Earmuffs and support teddy bears for the youngest ones.
This is a great place for photos so bring your mobile along.