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The Best Museum in Iceland then Hike the Volcano

Recommend you use the audio tour and visit the entire museum. Brilliantly presented with a very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Thomas S
Malibu, California, United States
One of the best museums I’ve visited

Excellent audio guide, fantastic pictures and videos, very educational and brought the eruption to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gloria B
Battle Ground, Washington
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The exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, without a doubt one of Iceland's biggest natural disaster. Visitors get a glimpse into peoples lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The...more
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Recommend you use the audio tour and visit the entire museum. Brilliantly presented with a very local touch. Sets you up wonderfully to understand more about the unique island and prior to a nice hike up the volcano.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent audio guide, fantastic pictures and videos, very educational and brought the eruption to life. Good information on the rift not seen anywhere else in Iceland. Good information on Surtsey. Well worth several hours walking through to see and read everything.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the exhibitions and then walked upon the volcano Eldfell next to Eldheimar. Unforgetable. Frábært safn, bæði um Vestmannaeyjagosið og um Surtsey. Mælum eindregið með Eldheimum :)

1  Thank MsSillyWalker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is a memorial to the area affected by the eruption of 1973. An audio trail, included in the price, takes you on a journey exploring the impact of the eruption. The museum incorporates one of the homes engulfed by the eruption. The trail...More

1  Thank S1AN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a Sunday when many other places were closed. The museum was well laid out, informative, and a little interactive. Definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank Margaret K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is fully worth a stop and really tells the story of the volcano that hit Heimay back in 1973. The museum is situated right next to where the lava flows stopped. A very cool device in the museum shows the lava flow day by...More

1  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was top-notch in its presentation of the harrowing experiences in the volcano of 1973 that engulfed much of the town. The audio tour was informative, some of the displays interactive -but all of them visually intense and emotional. The first floor covers the...More

1  Thank ClevelandChristine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the museum with two teenage boys and my mother. I was a little girl in Reykjavik when the eruption happened and it is one of my most vivid childhood memories. The museum uses modern technology very successfully in conveying the story of what...More

1  Thank annadisr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The island of Heimaey has a fascinating history with the volcanic eruption of 1973. This museum tells the story of that event in sound, music, and staggering images. The museum is built around an excavated home that was covered by the lava flow. You can...More

1  Thank SandraHfors
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The eruption in 1973 happened during the modern age so there is plenty of photo and video information to go with the intensely personal and frightening aspects of living through a volcanic eruption. The building of the museum around one of the buried houses was...More

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