Iceland’s Blue Lagoon closes again after eruption

The famous geothermal Blue Lagoon spa and the fishing town of Grindavik have been evacuated following another volcanic eruption in southwest Iceland.

The new fissure opened up near Sundhnuksgigar on the Reykjanes peninsula, the fifth eruption in the area since December.

Footage shows a wall of molten rock shooting up to a height of 50 metres and huge plumes of ash across the sky.

The eruptions since December have forced a series of temporary closures at the Blue Lagoon.

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A statement on the attraction’s website on Wednesday (May 29) said: “Over the past months, we have been reminded of the powers of nature and how they inevitably influence us all.

“During this time of seismic activity, we have had to temporarily close our operations but have remained in close contact with Icelandic authorities and acted in accordance with set precautions and measures in the area.

“Due to a volcanic eruption that commenced in Sundhnuksgígar on May 29, we took the precautionary measure of evacuating and temporarily closing all our operational units. We have made the decision to extend the closure until May 31, at which time the situation will be reassessed.

“All guests with bookings during this temporary closure will be contacted. We always prioritise the safety of our guests and staff and are continuously improving our processes to make your visit more enjoyable. 

“We will continue to closely follow the guidelines and recommendations of the authorities, working collaboratively with them to monitor the progression of events. This commitment aligns with our unwavering dedication to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our valued guests and staff.”


Keflavík airport, which serves the capital of Reykjavik, remained open and operating “in the usual way” but it urged travellers to monitor flight information.

The Icelandic Met Office said last night: “There is still considerable lava fountaining on the main part of the fissure, which is about 2.4 km long.

“There is considerable uncertainty regarding the amount of gases from the eruption site.”

It warned that a change in wind direction would mean that gas pollution will be carried to the northeast and could be felt in the capital area today (Thurdsay).

A travel advice update from the Foreign Office on Wednesday said: “Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are common in Iceland.

“Recently there has been a series of volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula in south-west Iceland, the latest on May 29.

“These have affected the town of Grindavik and the area to the north of it. Stay away from this area. All roads to Grindavik and the surrounding area are closed.

“The likelihood of further eruptions in this location remains high. Check local media for updates and follow the Iceland authorities’ advice on travel to the area.”

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