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Visit Eyjafjallajökull’s next door neighbours

By Sara McMahon

  • Þorvaldseyri at the time of the 2010 erupton of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Photo/Pjetur Sigurðsson

Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre was opened in April 2011, exactly a year after the now-infamous eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in South Iceland. The Þorvaldseyri farm is located near the base of the volcano, and its residents have now transformed part of the farm into an informative visitors centre dedicated to the volcano.

The exhibition includes a twenty-minute-long documentary about the 2010 eruption, shown in a small auditorium that seats up to fifty people.

The eruption in 2010 was a relatively small one, but managed to disrupt air travel across a large part of Europe during its course. It also caused massive problems for local farmers who faced difficulties farming and grazing livestock due to the thick layer of ash that fell on their land.

Eyjafjallajökull is a small ice cap which covers the caldera of a volcano, 1.666 metres (5,466 ft) high. The volcano has erupted frequently since the last Ice Age with noted eruptions occurring in the years 920, 1612, and intermittently from 1821 to 1823.

Opening hours:
May 15 – May 31: daily from 10 am until 5 pm
June 1 – August 31: daily from 9 am until 6 pm
September 1 – September 15: daily from 10 am – 5 pm
Closed from September 16 until May 14.

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