A person looking at the newly discovered lava cave Breaking News
March 12, 2023

A new lava cave discovered at the Mývatn Nature Baths

The newly discoverd cave. Picture: The Environment Agency of Iceland A unique natural lava cave was discovered in the Mývatn region in February 2023. The newly…
Askja crater lake with a part not covered with ice due to heat. Volcano Activity
February 20, 2023

Askja volcano unrest

Picture of Askja from the Sentinel-2 satellite on Feb. 2023. The black spot is the part of the crater lake not covered with ice due…
Volcano Activity
August 25, 2022

No sign of an eruption – Has the eruption stoped?

Phot by Ragnar Th. The volcanic eruption in Meradalir (adjacent to Mt. Fagradalsfjall) came to a halt early in the early morning of 21. August.…
A fissure eruption and Fagradalsfjall Volcano Activity
August 4, 2022

An eruption just started at Reykjanes peninsula.

The new fissure eruption at Mt. Fagradalsfjall at the Reykjanes peninsula. Photo by our very own Ragnar Tf. Around 13.15 on August 3 rd, a…
Volcano Activity
August 1, 2022

Unrest at Reykjanes peninsula – July 2022

Picture from the Icelandic Met Office: By Ari Trausti Guðmundsson On Saturday 30. July 2022, a strong series of earthquakes commenced in a confined,…
Mount Hekla seen from Leirubakki. Volcano Activity
March 29, 2022

Why we receive alerts about Hekla?

Several of our visitors have received a warning message in recent weeks. This has caused concern amongst some of them because they think it is…
Volcano Activity
March 20, 2022

Large volcanic eruptions in Iceland?

By Ari Trausti Guðmundsson. Öræfajökull Volcano. With an average interval of between 200 to 300 years (looking a few thousand years back), large volcanic eruptions…
Volcano Activity
March 20, 2022

The eruption at Fagradalsfjall: One year later

The craters at Fagradalsfjall. Photo by Ragnar Th. By Ari Trausti Guðmundsson The Reykjanes Peninsula is a young section of Iceland. It is a land-born,…
Movements around Fagradalsfjall Volcano Activity
March 3, 2022

Slumbering volcanoes

The volcanic eruption in Geldingadalir/Fagradalsfjall ended in late September 2021, after some six months of lively activity. Occurring rather close to towns, roads and powerlines,…
Volcano Activity
January 5, 2022

An imminent eruption?

The Fagradalsfjall/Geldingadalir eruption did end in late Septmeber 2021. This was clearly indicated by a rather long absence of faint but continuous seismic low-frequency tremors…
Eruption at Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull Glacier Volcano Activity
December 9, 2021

The Grímsvötn Volcano Stirs

The Grímsvötn central volcano in the Vatnajökul Ice Cap is big and the top caldera consists of three interlocked subsidence areas. The fissure swarm is …
Holidays at LAVA Centre Announcement
November 22, 2021

Opening hours during holidays

LAVA Centre is open 365 days a year. During the holidays we have limited opening hours on the following four days: Friday 24 December 10…
Volcano Activity
July 16, 2021

Middle of July: The eruption progressing into the fifth month

The eruption in Geldingadalir adjacent to Mt Fagradalsfjall develops as time flies. Currently, periods with a lively eruption, with some magma fountain activity, have alternated…
June 14, 2021

Want to become a host at LAVA Centre?

The volcano exhibition, the new Njal´s Saga Tapestry and Rammagerðin Gift Shop. LAVA Center in Hvolsvöllur is looking for hosts to greet guests and groups…
June 14, 2021

LAVA Centre re-opens 9 July

Photo by Ragnar Th. Finally, the moment has arrived, we're reopening after long 10 months. The plan is to re-open LAVA Centre on 9 July…
people entering LAVA Centre COVID-19
August 30, 2020

LAVA Centre closes for the season

Due to strict travel regulation due to the COVID-19 pandemic we've taken the hard decisions to close for the winter. We will open up as…
Breaking News
May 27, 2020

LAVA Centre to Re-open 18 June

LAVA Centre will re-open Thursday 18 June. To begin with we will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 04 PM. We will…
social distancing in practices Breaking News
March 20, 2020

The LAVA Centre is closed temporarily

Social distancing in practice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the only sensible decision to close the exhibition temporarily. Bárður Örn Gunnarsson, Managing…
Disinfection dispensers at LAVA Centre Breaking News
March 12, 2020

LAVA Centre and the COVID-19 precautionary measures

LAVA Centre and Hekla both covered with snow. The health and well-being of our guests and staff is LAVA Centre´s highest priority. We are constantly…
Volcano Activity
February 25, 2020

What happens close to the town of Grindavík?

Text by Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, geologist.   Volcanic systems at Reykjanes Peninsula. Photo from Reykjanes Geopark     The terrestrial unrest close to Grindavík town…
Breaking NewsVolcano Activity
February 25, 2020

In Case of a Volcanic Eruption in Mt. Thorbjörn

Let’s begin with the most important question: Is this development dangerous to human lives? The short answer is currently NO.  The worst case scenario in…
Breaking NewsVolcano Activity
February 25, 2020

Is a volcanic eruption starting by the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon overlooking Mt. Thorbjorn. Photo by Frank Denney on Unsplash A town hall meeting was called in Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula Monday afternoon. The topic…
Breaking News
February 25, 2020

Disney choose Iceland for Frozen 2

About six years ago, Disney Frozen took fans to the fictional world of Arendelle, resembling Norway. But Frozen 2 marks a locational shift. To create…
Young people interacting with virtual volcanoes at the LAVA Centre - reddot award 2018 Corporative
August 20, 2018

LAVA Centre Receives Two Red Dot Awards

Gagarin and Basalt Architects have been awarded the much-coveted Red Dot as part of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018, the globally renowned design…
Volcano Activity
December 7, 2017

Land of Fire

If you plan to visit Iceland in the future or have already arrived in the country you might be aware about the relatively frequent volcanic…
Volcano Activity
November 29, 2017


Hundreds of earthquakes every week are registered by the elaborate monitoring system run by the Iceland Met. Office. Most of them are very small (up…
Volcano Activity
November 28, 2017

A Country Ripping at the Seam

Iceland is no stranger to earthquakes as the country is situated on the Mid Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are…
Breaking News
November 21, 2017

Unrest in Mt. Öræfajökull

Currently, news on Öræfajökull, Iceland´s largest central volcano (2,110 m), flash in the media. Earthquakes, including deep source shocks, and sudden geothermal activity cause concern.…
Breaking News
November 9, 2017


The recent floods from the two distinct, subglacial, geothermal areas underneath the ice in the western Vatnajökull ice cap occur every 2-3 years on the…
UncategorizedVolcano Activity
November 2, 2017


The subglacial Katla volcano, set with a very large caldera, has not overtly erupted since 1918. Like Hekla, the volcano has blown its lid once…