The Icelandic eruption in Heimaey 1973 buried around four hundreds of houses. Archaeologists have been uncovering what remained of the buildings, giving the island the nickname "Pompeii of the North". An entire museum, Eldheimar has been built around the remains of one of the homes.It's totally worth seeing the museum and get closer to the history of Heimaey.
Upon entering you are given a audio guide that tracks you through the sections of the museum. The stories on the audio add much to the presentation.
The displays are centred on an excavated home which was buried by ash during the eruption. Audio guides take you through the zones starting with home and continuing around it to describe the history and events; before, during and after the eruption. The guide is informative and some of the hands on displays are really excellent.
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We recommend visiting this museum in the beginning of your visit to the Westman Islands especially on windy or rainy days.
This museum is a must visit for everyone coming to Westman Islands. This exhibition focuses on the one of the Iceland´s biggest nature disaster; the 1973 Volcanic eruption in Eldfell. The highlight of the exhibition is the house that has been dug up from the ashes.
After your tour around the museum there is a little coffie shop on the second floor where you can enjoy your coffie inside or go outside with a view over the Islands towards Heimaklettur
Summer Opening hours: Open every day from 10:30-18:00. (from 28th of April to 14th of October)
Winter opening hours: Open every wednesday to sunday from 13:00 -17:00 (from 15th of October to 27th of April)
“Powerful experience, must see!!” -tripadvisor