Lava Centre Volcano and Earthquake Exhibition & Cinema

Austurvegur 14, 860 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

Austurvegur 14, 860 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

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. 

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 Eyjafjallajokull. 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 in the best available definition and sound will make you even more excited about the trip ahead. 

Tour information:

  • Available May. - Oct.
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Activities Caving
  • Difficulty Moderate

Pickup information:

  • Pickup time : 07:30 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30,

    Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.


  • Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Reykjavik
  • All safety gear (helmets, harness, etc.)
  • Small refreshments (soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets)
  • Experienced guides