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Katla Center

Katla Center is the center of culture, knowledge and tourism in Vík. We are located in the historic Brydebúð building, built in 1895. Katla Center houses the local information center, souvenir shop with local handcraft and the Katla exhibition. Furhtermore, we run the Skaftfellingur maritime museum across the street.

Our main goal is to uplift cultural activity in the Vík region, promote local tourism and to preserve the district's heritage.

Come check out local handcraft, visit our exhibitions or have a chat with our nice and knowledged staff.

Sími: 852-1395
Netfang: info@vik.is
Veffang: www.kotlusetur.is
Opening period: all year

Souvenirs shop

At Katla Center, you will find carefully selected souvenirs, local handcraft, jewelry and books in several languages.

We set focus on locally sourced products, hand-knit clothes and gift-items from local entrepreneurs.

The store is located in the charming Brydebúð building in the historic part of Vík village. There you will also find the local information center, two exhibitions and the Hallorskaffi restaurant.

Katla exhibition

The Katla exhibition depicts the volcanic activity within Katla Unesco Global Geopark. Its main focus is on the infamous Katla volcano which nests under Mýrdalsjökul glacier. It last erupted in 1918 and an eruption is considered to be long overdue.

Explore the 3D map of Mýrdalsjökull & Eyjafjallajökull glacier, examine the different types of ash and volcanic rocks from the region and learn about the immense affect volcanic activity has had on the area for thousands of years.

The exhibition is located in the historic Brydebúð building, where you will also find the local information center and Halldórskaffi restaurant.

Free entrance.

Open all year, every day.
Note: May be closed or have shorter opening hours on high holidays.



Katla Center

Víkurbraut 28

GPS Points N63° 25' 3.225" W19° 0' 50.798"
Opening period All year

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