Remember that massive volcanic eruption in Iceland in 2010 that disrupted thousands of flights in Europe? Well, that volcano was Eyjafjallajökull (quite a mouthful, we have given up trying to pronounce it). On day 4 of our vacation with Guomundur Jonasson Travel, we visited Eyjafjallajökull and its visitor centre set up at the foothills of this massive volcano.
What to see at Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center, Iceland?
The Eyjafjallajökull visitor centre opened exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption to mark its anniversary. And because it is located right next to the volcano, we had a first hand experience of what it feels like to live and be near an active volcano.
Video of Eyjafjallajökull Eruption
We started with a 20-minute video, which shows footages of the eruption, and a personal account of how the eruption had impacted the lives of the family who live next to the volcano. And we actually find people who appeared in the film working at the visitor centre!
Our film ticket, allowing us to catch the video at the visitor centre.
The visitor centre is a small place, consisting only of the film screening area, a small exhibition and a little souvenir shop.
Ok, I must say the Icelanders really have a good business mind. After the volcanic eruption in 2010, the area was covered in such thick layers of volcanic ashes that they had to spend weeks clearing it. So while clearing away what they deem as rubbish, they also packaged it nicely and sold it to the tourists.
As with anything else in Iceland, none of these ashes were cheap. So those unwanted ashes got cleared, and in the meantime, got sold for a fortune!
Entrance fee is ISK750 for adults, and we recommend that you pay it a visit if you happen to pass by.
Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center
Adults: 750 ISK ( $6.5 / €5 / £4)
Free for Children under 12 Years
15 May – 31 May 10:00-17:00
1 June – 31 August 9:00-18:00
1 Sept. – 15 Sept 10:00-17:00
Closed 16 September – 14 May
Please note that group visits must be ordered in advance.
Join us next as we go shopping in Reykjavik.