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“volcano documentary & good hot choccy”
Review of Volcano House

Volcano House
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US$178.00*
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Iceland Volcanoes Half Day Tour from Reykjavik
Ranked #44 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Volcano House is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the heart of Reykjavik. This is the place where one can learn about the Icelandic volcanoes by watching high quality film that were created for the Volcano House. Moreover, there is a great lava stones collection, souvenir shop and the collection of arts from famous Icelandic artists. We pride ourselves with of our multilingual staff many of whom have studied geology and so can add to the understanding of our customers.
Reviewed 24 November 2013

don't miss this if you are in Iceland, the documentary is really interesting. The staff here were really passionate about the subject and one guy was a geologist happy to answer any questions. Good value. Good hot chocolate too.

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Volcano H, Manager at Volcano House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Hi and thank you for your very positive review. We are extremely happy when someone appreciates our staff the way we do. They are just great :-) And the chocolate, I know .. it is good and a bit dangerous when you have as good access to it as I do! Anyway, glad you liked the visit.

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Dora Magnusdottir
Volcano House

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Great selection of food and drink with humourous notes and explanations on the menu too. Seems popular with the locals as well as tourists with Icelandic food on offer. Wish we had more time to stay and enjoy!

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Volcano H, Manager at Volcano House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Thank you for your positive review, glad you liked our menu .. and food :-)
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Dora Magnusdottir
Volcano House

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We visited Volcano House to find out more about Iceland's eruptive nature and we weren't disappointed. After coffee in the cafe and a quick browse in the shop (great books), we sat down in the small auditorium to watch a two-part film. The first covered the eruption in the Westman Islands in 1973, when volunteers trained fire-hoses on the lava-flow as it threatened to cut off the harbour of the town of Heimaey, an essential port for the fishing industry. Very dramatic. The second film was about the ash-cloud volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, truly spectacular.

As we left the film-theatre, we meandered through an exhibition of Iceland's rocks, with some available to buy. One particularly frothy one looked just like the inside of a Crunchie and weighed next to nothing. We met one of the assistants, who told us he'd grown up in Heimaey and was 12 years old when the town had been evacuated as the volcano erupted. He encouraged us to visit the island; it's a two-hour drive south from Reykjavik and a half-hour ferry-trip. Apparently, you can feel the heat of the volcano under your feet as you climb it.

We did actually drive to the ferry terminal a couple of days later but the crossings had been cancelled due to bad weather. However, the journey took us to the foot of Eyjafjallajökull, where we saw waterfalls cascading from the flanks of the volcano into an extraordinary landscape of black ash.
After realising we wouldn't get to Heimaey, we decided to travel west along the south coastal road to Gunnuhver hot springs. It took us across a basalt field; the road was slightly raised up and we could see acres of swirled basalt reaching from the mountains on our right to the sea on our left. After several miles the lava formations became more blobby and grotesque, standing like gothic statues, interspersed with huge cushions of moss. Very surreal. The hot springs are definitely worth a visit. The whole area is hot and steamy, with boiling mud-pools and smokers everywhere. There is a large power-station on site, unsurprisingly, which is visitable though only at weekends in the winter. We had the place to ourselves and wandered around for ages. I realise I've digressed, but it's all vaguely relevant to Volcano House one way or another. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Called in here before our whale watching tour for a coffee. Served with a piece of lava chocolate biscuit. Great. Free refills. Friendly staff. We didn't have time to see the show, but did have a quick look at the inside mini museum. Great if you like rocks! :)

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Volcano H, Manager at Volcano House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

Good to hear, happy to hear you enjoyed our coffee. Hope you have time later to see our films :-)
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Dora Magnusdottir
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

A nice place for a cup of coffee and a warm, on a wet and windy day. Really interesting display of rocks, information about volcanoes, and even a film if you wanted it.

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