The Pompei of the North – Eldheimar, exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar. Visitors get a glimpse into peoples lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The eruption started in the early hours of January 23rd and it lasted for 5 months. Eldheimar gives visitors the chance to go back in time and learn about this dramatic event. The highlight of the exhibition is the house on Gerðisbraut 10, after being buried in ash and lava for over 40 years has now been excavated and shows how cruelly nature treated the homes of so many islanders.
The show also covers the Surtsey eruption, the island that emerged from the ocean south of Heimaey in 1963. The Surtsey eruption lasted for almost 4 years and ever since only scientists have been allowed on the island in order to monitor how new ecosystems come to life. Surtsey is listed as a natural wonder on the UNESCO World Heritage List.