THE GATEWAY
TO ICELAND'S
MOST ACTIVE
VOLCANOS

  • This was an excellent, educational experience. Very well done. The gift shop was great too.

    Ellen M. Roffey Avatar
    Ellen M. Roffey
    11/07/2019
  • Great place to learn about Iceland landscapes.

    Francisca Lampron Avatar
    Francisca Lampron
    30/06/2019
  • Spannende und moderne Multimedia-Präsentation zum Vullanismus auf Island. Uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert!

    Peter Fichte Avatar
    Peter Fichte
    25/07/2019
  • Æðislega flott sýning, frábært starfsfólk og gott kaffi og veitingar🥰

    Rannveig Haraldsdóttir Avatar
    Rannveig Haraldsdóttir
    06/08/2019
  • excellent tour guide very friendly.

    Shirley Velez Avatar
    Shirley Velez
    09/08/2019
  • Great exhibition, must see when in Iceland

    Óskar Eiðsson Avatar
    Óskar Eiðsson
    04/07/2019
  • Крутой интерактивный музей!

    Anna Perevozchikova Avatar
    Anna Perevozchikova
    01/07/2019
  • Loved the interactive experience at the Lava center during our time in Iceland. Loved learning about all of the volcanic activity over the years and earthquakes through the amazing exhibitions.

    Amanda Moore Avatar
    Amanda Moore
    14/07/2019
  • Dejlig sted men skam at vi havde ikke ret meget tid der.

    Helen Carmen Fine Jensen Avatar
    Helen Carmen Fine Jensen
    19/07/2019
  • The 40 scouts and adults of Boy Scout Troop 1 from Southborough, MA really enjoyed learning about the volcanoes of Iceland. The interactive exhibits were top notch and enjoyed by all.

    Jim Greene Avatar
    Jim Greene
    02/08/2019
  • Nice place to get interesting information about Iceland and its vulcanoes. If you are nearby you should take the time for a visit.

    Walter Velle Avatar
    Walter Velle
    27/07/2019

LAVA CENTRE INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION

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Full Experience

An interactive journey to volcanology in Iceland

3.590 kr/ Adult

 

Movie Show

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Lava Centre Movie – Educational experience

1.400 kr/ Adult

 

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Family Pack

Family interactive tour experience.

7.180 kr/ Family

 

MAGMA AND HOT ROCKS ON THE MOVE

See how large convection currents move hot mantle rock up and down beneath the huge plates and how mantle plumes (hot spots) intensify the upwelling, releasing molten rock—magma.
Icelandic volcanoes often lie on the rift zone where the tectonic plates drift apart (Divergent boundary). LAVA Centre explains this phenomena in the foyer of the centre and in the second hall on the creation and growth of Iceland and in the Intro to Volcanology hall. .
A huge mantle plume (hot spot), lies right under Iceland and is a is one of the reason for it’s activity. We find these plumes in places like Hawaii and the Galapagos. Some plumes are positioned far from tectonic plate boundaries, while others that normally represent even more activity lie near or under tectonic plate boundaries like in Iceland. At LAVA Centre here is a huge hall only talking about mantle plumes and the hot spot under Iceland.
Iceland lies on a tectonic plate divide (Divergent boundaries).In the second hall at LAVA Centre you can see how fast Iceland drifts a part in an interactive way.
In some areas the tectonic plates collide (Convergent boundaries). These can build the highest mountains or the deepest spots in the ocean and often have volcanic activities. In Iceland we do not have this but Japan is a typical area of convergent boundaries and volcanic activity due to that.

THE LAVA CENTER

Traverse the corridors, visit the exhibition halls and use the interactive displays at the Lava Centre to discover the colossal and complex natural forces that shape the Earth and began to create Iceland tens of millions of years ago.
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VOLCANIC AND
EARTHQUAKE ALERTS

Watch the geophysical monitoring of active volcanic systems, earthquake activity and surface movements.
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