Lava Centre. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.
Located just 100 km east of Reykjavík at Hvolsvöllur, the new Lava Centre sits between five of Iceland's greatest volcanoes. The main exhibition of the centre reveals the epic forces of nature that shaped our planet and created Iceland and in addition visitors get a crash-course in volcanology while experiencing the extreme forces associated with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
How was Iceland created? What causes the earth to shake? What types of volcanoes are there and how can I "read the landscape"? These are just a few questions that will be answered through immersive experiences and tangible interactions.
The exhibition which was designed by Gagarin in cooperation with Basalt architects has received fantastic feedback from visitors: Lava Centre on Facebook.
Intro to Volcanology: In this room visitors can learn about all the different types of volcanoes and volcanic systems found in Iceland. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.
The Fiery Heart of Iceland: An exhibit showing the size of the Mantle plume relative to Iceland. The reconstruction is in accordance with measurements done by scientists who measeured the phenoma. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.
360˚ viewing platform that overlooks the great volcanos of Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla along with the beautiful Westman Islands off the south coast. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.