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LAVA Volcano center is 1 of 10 best new openings of 2017 according to Lonely Planet

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  • Holuhraun eruption The 2014 eruption produced the largest lava fields in Iceland since 1783. Photo/Lava Center

The travel website and guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has named the volcano exhibit LAVA in South Iceland as one of its top ten new openings in 2017. According to the manager of the exhibit and museum it will be one of its kind in the world, offering an interactive exhibition which allows guests to understand the volcanic and tectonic forces which created Iceland and continue to shape its landscape. 

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The Icelandic Volcano and Earthquake Center, LAVA, is scheduled to open this spring in the village Hvolsvöllur in South Iceland. Lonely Planet argues the exhibit and museum will offer a great experience:

"Tectonic drama is an Icelandic speciality, whether you’re talking hard-to-pronounce volcanoes, fiery Viking myths or Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which was set here. This state-of-the-art centre ( offers an earthquake simulator, artefacts and a viewing platform overlooking the volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla. Take a tour to get closer to the action."

Ásbjörn Björgvinsson, the manager of LAVA told the Icelandic news site turisti that he expected that the museum would get 70-80,000 visitors in the first year. The entrance fee will be 2,900 ISK, but free for children 11 years and younger.

He adds the museum is ideally located to take advantage of the fact that all four of Iceland's most active volcanoes are showing growing signs of activity. Ásbjörn points out that two of these, Katla and Hekla can be seen from the museum. "The viewing deck on top of the museum will be ideal to view an eruption in Hekla or Katla, as there is a direct line of sight to both volcanoes!"

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