Lava Centre

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The main exhibition of the Centre reveals the epic forces of nature that shape our planet and created Iceland. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.

The main exhibition of the Centre reveals the epic forces of nature that shape our planet and created Iceland. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.

Monitoring of Iceland: This installation uses real-time data to show the seismic activity in seven different Volcanic systems.

Monitoring of Iceland: This installation uses real-time data to show the seismic activity in seven different Volcanic systems.

Earthlayers: Rather thick soil surrounds LAVA. It lies on top of layers made of clay, sand or gravel from ancient rivers. They, in turn, top marine sediments. It is possible to attach many of the tephra layers (airborne volcanic fragments) to known volcanic eruptions.

Earthlayers: Rather thick soil surrounds LAVA. It lies on top of layers made of clay, sand or gravel from ancient rivers. They, in turn, top marine sediments. It is possible to attach many of the tephra layers (airborne volcanic fragments) to known volcanic eruptions.

Interviews: Living next to a volcano sounds weird to most of us. Meet the people who have done so their whole life and experienced many eruption where they even had to flee their homes.

Interviews: Living next to a volcano sounds weird to most of us. Meet the people who have done so their whole life and experienced many eruption where they even had to flee their homes.

Volcano Corridor: Walking from present into the past visitors learn of every eruption in Iceland for the last 100 years while triggering explosive lava flow. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.

Volcano Corridor: Walking from present into the past visitors learn of every eruption in Iceland for the last 100 years while triggering explosive lava flow. Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.

Volcano Corridor: Walking from present into the past visitors learn of every eruption in Iceland for the last 100 years while triggering explosive lava flow.

Volcano Corridor: Walking from present into the past visitors learn of every eruption in Iceland for the last 100 years while triggering explosive lava flow.

Geology Globe: By turning a large wheel visitors learn that Iceland was created when the tectonic-plate margins drifted over a stationary Mantle plume that lies underneath the island today.

Geology Globe: By turning a large wheel visitors learn that Iceland was created when the tectonic-plate margins drifted over a stationary Mantle plume that lies underneath the island today.

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 measured the phenomena.

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 measured the phenomena.

Intro to Volcanology: In this room visitors can learn about all the different types of volcanoes and volcanic systems found in Iceland.

Intro to Volcanology: In this room visitors can learn about all the different types of volcanoes and volcanic systems found in Iceland.

Thepra Corridor: The tephra corridor gives people the opportunity to experience the visual disruption associated with eruption under water or under glacier.

Thepra Corridor: The tephra corridor gives people the opportunity to experience the visual disruption associated with eruption under water or under glacier.

Site of Actual Volcanos: An immersive world showing the five different Volcanoes around Lava Centre.

Site of Actual Volcanos: An immersive world showing the five different Volcanoes around Lava Centre.

Full body interaction allows visitors to learn about the different mountains.

Full body interaction allows visitors to learn about the different mountains.

The project

Located just 100 km east of Reykjavík at Hvolsvöllur, the new Lava Centre sits between five of Iceland's greatest volcanos. The main exhibition of the Centre reveals the epic forces of nature that shape our planet and created Iceland. 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? Which types of volcanoes are there and how can I "read the landscape"?  These are just few of the questions people get answers to, and all through immersive experiences and tangible interaction.
The exhibition which was designed by Gagarin in cooperation with Basalt architects.

Monitoring of Iceland

This installation uses real-time data to show the seismic activity in seven different Volcanic systems. 

Interviews
Living next to a Volcano sounds weird to most of us. Meet the people who have done so their whole life and experienced many eruption where they even had to flee their homes.

Volcano Corridor
Walking from present into the past visitors learn of every eruption in Iceland for the last 100 years while triggering explosive lava flow.

Geology Globe
By turning a large wheel visitors learn that Iceland was created when the tectonic-plate margins drifted over a stationary Mantle plume that lies underneath the island today.

Earthquake Corridor
Here visitors experience known earthquakes that shook Iceland in the last 20 years. The earthquake simulator uses the actual seismic data that was recorded when the quakes occured.

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.

Lava Corridor
An audioscape on Lava and geothermal areas.  Both common deravitives of volcanic activity

Intro to Volcanology
In this room visitors can learn about all the different types of volcanoes and volcanic systems found in Iceland.

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Founder & creator: Skúli Gunnar Sigfússon

Project management: Ásbjörn Björgvinsson & Sigurgeir Guðlaugsson

Exhibition design: Gagarín & Basalt Architects

Architecture design: Basalt Architects

Interactive media: Gagarín

Engineering: EFLA & KLH

Contractor: Þingvangur

Subcontractor: Beka

Lighting design: EFLA & Liska

Retail design: HAF Studio

Scenography design: Basalt Architects

Manuscript: Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

Construction of exhibits: Irma Studio

AV Equipment: Feris

Sound design: Kristian S. Ross & Upptekið

Steelwork: Blikksmiðja Grettis & Járnsmiðja Óðins

Film: Profilm

Engineering consultant: Svarmi & LISKA

Manuscript advisors: Guðrún Sverrisdóttir  & Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson

Technical assistance: Einar Grétarsson, Gagnahnit, Ingi Þ. Bjarnason & Veðurstofa Íslands

Print: Logoflex

Special thanks to our intern Sebastian Wyss for great illustrations.

Our role

  • Exhibiton design in collaboration with Basalt architects
  • Concept and storytelling
  • Interaction and experience design
  • Graphic design
  • Digital design
  • Software and media production
  • Project management of digital experiences