Icelandic Lava Show in Vík
The only show in the world where you can experience real molten lava in action! It’s a unique opportunity to see flowing lava up close, hear it sizzling and feel the intense heat that radiates from it.
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- Available all year
- Duration 35 minutes
- Location Vík í Mýrdal
- Number of participants Min. 1
- Age limit No age limit
What you'll experience.
The Icelandic Lava Show in Vík is the first live LAVA SHOW in the world!
If you are fascinated with hot lava, volcanoes, and geology, you need to experience the Icelandic lava show in Vík! During the exhibition you will see red-hot lava up close in a safe environment. It is the first lava show in the world and is located in the town of Vík on the South coast of Iceland. They now also have a new lava show in Reykjavík city which you can view here.
In order to recreate a miniature volcano eruption, they superheat real lava from the 1918 Katla eruption and once molten, pour it into a showroom full of people. It is an incredible, unforgettable experience. In an instant, the showroom heats up to a toasty temperature. And as the audience sits safe in their seats yet only a few feet away from the flowing lava, it is mesmerizing to see, hear, smell and feel the incredible heat that radiates from it. It truly is a sensational experience!
The show begins with a short welcome by the host and then a short educational video about Icelandic volcanism, the volcanoes close by – with special emphasis on Katla volcano – and how the surrounding volcanoes have affected the locals throughout the ages. They even give you a personal story and tell you the evacuation plan in case Katla were to erupt right there and then!
Once the lava starts flowing into the showroom, the host literally starts PLAYING WITH THE LAVA! The host manipulates the lava with an iron rod, creating Pele’s hair and tears, a miniature lava tunnel, a little lava cave and explains everything about what’s happening as it goes. It is such an intimate, educational and entertaining experience and so different from everything else you’ve ever experienced, that you can’t help feel in awe. And after the show, you truly see the rest of Iceland with different eyes and a newfound appreciation for nature. It really is a must see experience.
Come visit Icelandic Lava Show in the heart of Vík, the town nestled in the midst of Katla UNESCO Geopark, where anything can happen!
- Wheelchair accessible
We advice people to get there at least 10 minutes before the show, get their bearings and check out our gift shop before the show.
It gets HOT in the showroom when the lava pours in so people are advised to remove some layers of clothing before the show starts. The show is a safe experience and the heat should not be an issue but pregnant women, people with infants, and people with cardiovascular diseases are recommended to sit in the second row and/or close to the exit just to be on the safe side.
Everyone is advised to to keep their safety goggles on at all times during the show when there is lava in the showroom – also and especially when it is cooling down and solidifying.
If you want more information about the Icelandic Lava Show in Vík or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can either send us a message through the contact form or via email at email@example.com.
This tour is carbon offset through the forestry project Plant a Tree in Iceland
If you want to know more about Plant a Tree in Iceland, please visit the project at www.plantatreeiniceland.is
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Included in final tour price.
- Safety Goggles
- Q&A at the end of the show
- A chance to get up close to real flowing lava!
- The only live lava show in the world
- A live host makes the show fun and personal
- A short educational video about Icelandic volcanism
- A true story from the 1918 Katla eruption
- A sensory loaded experience - you feel the heat from the lava!
- A unique once-in-a-lifetime experience
- A "back stage tour" is not included but possible to buy as an add-on (ISK 990 per person)
- Handmade lava-related souvenirs made on location and from our own lava is available for purchase at location
What to bring.
- Your good mood, eagerness to learn and willingness to ask questions. The show is always the most fun when people interact with the host. And if you booked your tickets online, it's enough to show the electronic tickets at the counter, no need to print them out.
This tour is operated by our friends at the Icelandic Lava Show. They offer a new and exciting way to see molten lava with your own eyes.