Iceland’s Blue Lagoon closes amid latest volcanic eruption

Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon attraction has closed again on Thursday (February 8) following another volcanic eruption.

The geothermal spa had reopened in January following a closure in November after earlier eruptions.

The UK Foreign Office also updated its travel advice after the eruption on the morning of February 8, saying it was the latest in “a series of volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland”.

“These have affected the town of Grindavik and area to the north of it and the Blue Lagoon,” continued the FCDO advice.

“All roads to Grindavik and the surrounding area are closed and you should stay away from this area.

“Keflavik International Airport and the road to it is unaffected and operating normally. The capital city, Reykjavik, and the rest of Iceland is not impacted by the eruptions.

“It is likely there will be further eruptions in this location. You should monitor local media for updates and follow the authorities’ advice on travel to the area.”

The Blue Lagoon said on its website that the temporary closure and evacuation were a “precautionary measure”.

“Further updates and information regarding the temporary closing will be provided here as they become available,” it said.

“All guests with bookings during this temporary closure period will be contacted.”

It also urged travellers to visit the Icelandic Meteorological Office, National Civil Protection, or SafeTravel websites for updates about the seismic activity.

The BBC has reported that lava and smoke are spewing from the new eruption, with images showing fountains of molten rock shooting out of the ground.

Low-cost Icelandic airline Play said the eruption took place some way from Grindavik and is unlikely to pose a direct threat to visitors travelling to Iceland.

No cancellations or delays have been made to its flight schedule as a result of the volcanic eruption in the Reykjanes peninsula.

A Play spokesperson said: “Iceland is a nation used to living with the extremes of nature and is no stranger to volcanic activity, with six eruptions having taken place on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the last five years there have been no disruptions to flights.

“As we, alongside the Icelandic Meteorological Office, closely monitor the situation, we’re confident our flight schedule will not experience any disruptions.”

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