We opened the Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Because it’s at the foot of the volcano, visitors feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders. Inside, an entire wall is devoted to the dramatic history of frequent volcanism in Iceland – from the arrival of the Vikings to modern times. Huge, stunning colour posters portray fascinating aspects of the eruption in text and imagery.

A short film portrays the spectacular natural event, and the hectic times and incredible challenges met by the family farm of Þorvaldseyri. It’s NOT a typical home-movie, but a dramatic 20-minute film, showing the power of Nature and how the farm “rose from the ashes.”

The film runs repeatedly, and tour guides with groups are encouraged to call +354 487 5757 in order to co-ordinate their visit with the showing cycle. The movie hall seats 60 people and the film is available in English narration.


Þorvaldseyri has been in the same family for over a century. Though mainly a milk and cattle farm, since 1960, it has become noted for grain crops, not usually found in the sub-Arctic.
We raise wheat, barley, and rapeseed (canola), and we continue to experiment with other crops. Electricity for the farm comes from its own hydro-generator and hot water at 66°C
(150°F) comes from a source drilled on the farm.

More information about the farm on www.thorvaldseyri.is

ABout the Visitor CentrE

The  Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre opened on April 14, 2011, exactly one year after the Eyja- fjallajökull eruption started. As a family-run facility, our goal is to give visitors a personal look at what it’s like to have a volcano at your back door.
Colourful graphics, incredible photos and clear text explain the local volcanic system and the frequency of eruptions in Iceland.

For many, the highlight of their visit is the dramatic film, which shows the incredible power and scope of the eruption as well
as how we met the challenges of clean-up and recovery. It is shown in the centre’s 60-seat theatre. The exhibit hall is 120 m2 in size and has two restrooms for visitors, with one suitable for handicapped usage.

There is free parking for both private vehicles and full-sized coaches.


Admission to the Þorvaldseyri Centre is 850 Icelandic króna per person and children 12 and younger are free. Special discounts are available by arrangement for groups.
ADULTS: 850 ISK ( $7 / €6 / £5)
  • OPENING HOURS:Please contact us for group visits
  • 1 May – 31 May 10:00-16:00
  • 1 June - 31 August 9:00-18:00
  • 1 Sept. - 30 Sept. 10:00-16:00
  • 1 October - 30 April 11:00-16:00*
  • *Closed on Weekends, Christmas, New Year and Easter.
  • Please note that group visits must be ordered in advance


The Visitor Centre is located on the Ring Road, Route 1, and is 140 km (about 92 miles) east of Reykjavík, or 40 km east of the town of Hvols-völlur. For reference, if you are coming on Rte. 1
from the east (Vík, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, etc), we are 10 west of Skógar. The building is on the south side of the highway, only 250 meters east of the entry drive to Þorvaldseyri farm.
63° 32,597'N, 19° 40,043'W (ISN93: 466.804, 337.775)