Eldheimar
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again.
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  • John P
    Melbourne, Australia1,156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    living an eruption!
    The location of this museum on the slope of a volcano and the inclusion of a home inundated by lava illustrate the story of the eruption of the Heimaey island volcano imaginatively and effectively. The horrors of the night of the event and succeeding weeks is brought to reality brilliantly and we left viewing the town and community in a completely different way. Great lights in the cafe too!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • LM E
    Saint Paul, Minnesota49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit museum!
    Fabulous museum built around remnants of a home destroyed in the eruption. Fascinating videos and photos with great interactive exhibits. I learned a lot and was mesmerized by the survival stories. Great little coffee cafe too!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • KarenM1_10
    1,045 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done
    We visited this museum while on a tour from our cruise ship. It was built around the remains of one of the homes that was buried in the 1973 eruption. It is very well done and worth a visit. An audio guide is provided, which helps provide further information on what you are seeing as you walk through the various areas of the museum. The museum has two floors. The significant displays are on the first floor. However, it is worth a trip to the second level where there are additional exhibits, as well as a bathroom and a café.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Jenny H
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    We visited with our 5 and 7 year old sons and were all captivated. (I think it helped that we had context from our ATV tour in the morning). The museum is so well done! The audio tour gives clear explanations and there is plenty to see, with photos and videos to bring it to life and a few ‘hands-on’ activities. It is amazing and humbling to see the remains of a family home and hear the personal stories. The architecture of the museum is fantastic. So glad we went!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 April 2024
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Jenny H
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We visited with our 5 and 7 year old sons and were all captivated. (I think it helped that we had context from our ATV tour in the morning). The museum is so well done! The audio tour gives clear explanations and there is plenty to see, with photos and videos to bring it to life and a few ‘hands-on’ activities. It is amazing and humbling to see the remains of a family home and hear the personal stories. The architecture of the museum is fantastic. So glad we went!
Written 5 April 2024
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Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This museum was very cool. It's probably not something I would have found on my own, but I do like ruins of any kind, and I loved Earth Science in high school. It was really cool to walk around and see the house that had been excavated from an eruption. If you go upstairs, there's a lovely deck overlooking the island and some walking trails you can check out. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to see this, especially with such beautiful scenery. But I'm still glad I went!
Written 4 November 2023
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carolyng2017
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
History and geology happening in our time. The audio tour provided a ton of information on the Eldheimar eruption and the science of volcanoes.
Written 29 October 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited this museum while on a tour from our cruise ship. It was built around the remains of one of the homes that was buried in the 1973 eruption. It is very well done and worth a visit. An audio guide is provided, which helps provide further information on what you are seeing as you walk through the various areas of the museum. The museum has two floors. The significant displays are on the first floor. However, it is worth a trip to the second level where there are additional exhibits, as well as a bathroom and a café.
Written 5 October 2023
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LM E
Saint Paul, MN49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fabulous museum built around remnants of a home destroyed in the eruption. Fascinating videos and photos with great interactive exhibits. I learned a lot and was mesmerized by the survival stories. Great little coffee cafe too!
Written 20 September 2023
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Atli D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Excellent exhibition and highly recommended. Very haunting looking at the excavated house. Learned alot from this tour.

Also one of the beat cappuchinos I ever had.
Written 15 August 2023
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM1,014 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Set at the foot of a cinder cone, this interactive museum offers a striking sense of the destruction caused by a volcanic eruption and the many ways in which a community can come together to limit damage and loss of life. Constructed around a house gutted by the 1973 Heimaey eruption, the museum offers photos, audio interviews and video footage showing the power of the volcano, the timely response that protected the harbor (by using firehoses to divert the lava), and the heroic and touching stories of the evacuation and rebuilding. Interactive displays enable visitors to delve in depth into the parts that interest them most. This museum is worth its own side trip.
Written 12 August 2023
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Cyn
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Wow! What a fantastic museum! Great “you are there” experience of before, during and after the 1973 eruption. Displays are informative and help you to understand the resilience of these amazing people. Impressive!
Written 14 July 2023
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The location of this museum on the slope of a volcano and the inclusion of a home inundated by lava illustrate the story of the eruption of the Heimaey island volcano imaginatively and effectively. The horrors of the night of the event and succeeding weeks is brought to reality brilliantly and we left viewing the town and community in a completely different way. Great lights in the cafe too!
Written 3 July 2023
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Shannon W
Cincinnati, OH58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This museum was very well done. The audio tour gave a lot of information, and guided the experience. Definitely make time at the end for the documentary about the making of the museum.
Written 22 April 2023
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