Enter the Volcanic Café
Feel the Shakes and Tremors of Earthquakes and Volcanos
What is it like living on a small island where eruptions occur on average every four years and earthquakes of various sizes occur daily, is a question Icelanders are frequently asked. An island where ice and fire are constantly battling, moulding and reshaping the island’s appearance and the islanders’ mood and emotions.
The only reply we can give is: We wouldn’t know how to survive in a country which is not alive. But if you are curious about the reality of the Icelandic life-force enter the Volcano House, a café in the centre of Reykjavik and experience for yourself the impact of an eruption or an earthquake while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, or munching on a slice of cake or homemade bread.
Volcano House is no ordinary café. It is also a cinema and a museum, specialising in the tremors and shakes, the colours, the smells and the touch of living in this strange, remote corner of the world. Volcano House’ in-house cinema offers two back–to–back documentaries. First up, a film about the eruption in the Westman Islands in 1973. The second one, ‘The Volcano Island’, by the Icelandic film maker Jón Sigfússon, is a documentary on the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, nominated for the 2011 Emmy Award for outstanding location cinematography.
The Westman Island documentary contains unforgettable footage from the 1973 eruption which started without warning in the middle of the night on January 23rd. The entire population—over five thousand individuals—were evacuated by boat to the Icelandic mainland where they stayed until the end of the eruption seven months later. The documentary contains truly dramatic and unforgettable footage. The Eyjafjallajökull eruption caused millions of people to be stranded across Europe due to thousands of flights being cancelled over several weeks. This documentary contains some breathtaking aerial v
iews and footage and is truly a gem. Additionally, Volcano House offers a hands–on geology exhibition where guests can handle various samples of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanos.
An interesting exhibition
A large collection of semi-precious rocks and minerals from around the country are also on display and are available for purchase. Volcano House offers guidance and information throughout the exhibition which is particularly interesting for school groups and students of geology. Volcano House occupies an enviable location in the heart of Reykjavik, with large bay windows overlooking the colourful old harbour. It is open seven days a week from 10.00 to 22.00. The documentaries in English can be viewed hourly from 10.00 to 21.00. German language commentary is available for groups or private screenings. Volcano House
Tryggvagata 11 • 101 Reykjavik
+354 555 1900