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LAVA CENTRE INTERACTIVE VOLCANO EXHIBITION IN SOUTH ICELAND

LATEST EARTHQUAKES AND ERUPTIONS

Lava Centre is dedicated to Iceland‘s riveting volcanic activity and its frequent earthquakes.
The centre features an interactive educational exhibition revealing the science and aesthetics of Iceland‘s spectacular geological features. It tells the tales of frequent eruptions, some known to the world others less so. Iceland has on average an eruption every 5 years.

The volcano cinema shows various volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the past century, focusing on the latest eruption where we have high-quality footage of the eruptions.

Lava is one of the largest hubs for visitors in the south of Iceland. It is also a regular stop on the best-ranked tours on the South Coast and acts as a Tourist Information Centre for the region. Lava also has an online tour desk for people interested in tours in the region by Lava certified tour operators.

At Lava there is a magnificent gift shop by Rammagerdin, offering not only souvenirs but also books on geology, Icelandic design and a 66°North store-in-store.

In spring 2022 a new food court will open at Lava. Amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served from various restaurants as well as a grab and go shop for the road.

Lava is the first stop and the main gateway to the region Katla Geopark.

LAVA CENTRE ADVISORS

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, an Icelandic geologist, is the author of the Lava Exhibition. He has worked as a teacher, consultant and lecturer on earth science, environmental and tourism issues. Ari Trausti is also a documentarian, broadcaster, journalist, mountaineer and explorer.
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, íslenskur jarðfræðingur, documentarian, útvarpsstjóri, blaðamaður, fyrirlesari, fjallaklifur og landkönnuður. Var forseti frambjóðandi árið 2012 og er nú aðili að íslensku þinginu.

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson geologist.

THE ARCHITECTS

The Lava centre has been designed by Basalt Architects, a dynamic team of architects and designers that combine an artistic and poetic dimension of architecture in concept, detail and execution.
Sustainability is an important keystone in their design. Basalt is a founding member of the Icelandic Green Building Council and Nordic Built.

EXHIBITION DESIGN

The exhibition has been designed by Basalt Architects and multimedia company Gagarin, working in collaboration with Lava‘s owners and other companies involved in the project. Basalt Architects is the scenography designer of all exhibition spaces and exhibits and Gagarin is the designer of all the interactive media and computer solutions. The exhibition offers an easy to use and exhilarating experience.
Lava Centre has been designed by Basalt Architects and multimedia company Gagarin

Bárður Örn Gunnarsson

General Manager
bardur@lavacentre.is

Hulda Kristjánsdóttir

Operation Manager
hulda@lavacentre.is

OUR ASSOCIATES

Sustainability

Lava is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Iceland‘s environment and contributes to sustainable tourism. To achieve this, Lava will join Vakinn the quality and environmental system for Icelandic tourism.

Recycling

Lava will be sorting its litter into metal, paper and plastics. We also separate organic waste, as well as bottles and aluminum cans for recycling.

Green Energy

Lava uses geothermal energy for heating and electricity provided by Hydro Power of Iceland.