Volcano House opens Saturday 19 April
The Volcano House opens up again Saturday 19 April. The café has closed for the time being but operation of the cinema, the geology exhibition and the volcano shop has not changed. Volcano cinema shows in English every hour on the hour from 9.00 - 22.00.
Myrdalssandur from Air
Mýrdalssandur, a 700 km2 desert southeast of Mýrdalsjökull, created by floods from Katla and changing glacial rivers. The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland has revegetated areas along the road to minimize the effect of drifting sand on road traffic.
A large area on Iceland’s southern coast is taken up with a vast desert-like plain of black volcanic sand. This, the Mýrdalssandur, is where material from the Mýrdalsjökull glacier has been deposited. It is also where the water from said glacier flows out to sea. So, when there is a jökulhaup (a sudden glacial flood), it would be best not to be on the Mýrdalssandur.
Video on an Earthquake in Alaska
We in the Volcano House are interested in geology and everything that has to do with volcanoes and earthquakes. We found this really informative video (yes, we found it on the internet :-) on the 1964 earthquake in Alaska that tells us a lot about what happens in reality when the earth starts to move:
Earthquakes in Iceland have been unusally slow these last weeks - but as we have said before, you never know what happens next.
Big Earthquake by the Blue Lagoon
A strong earthquake, 3,8 on the Richter scale, occurred yesterday close by the Blue Lagoon and the fishing village Grindavík yesterday. People on the area felt the quake very clearly. Earthquakes are very frequent in Iceland. They are however usually not very strong as the Euroasian and the North American tectonic plates are drifting a apart from each other. More on the Icelandic Met Office website.
Great samples of rocks, minerals and ashes from all over Iceland. We encourage you to touch the items! Free Admission to our Geology Exhibition.
Volcano House is open from 9.00 - 22.00 every day of the week. We can extend our opening hours for groups.
Volcano House | Tryggvagata 11 | 101 Reykajvík | Iceland | tel. +354 555 1900 | email@example.com