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Blue Lagoon Extends Closure Until April 1 Due to Ongoing Eruption

By Ragnar Tómas

The Blue Lagoon Iceland
Photo: Golli. Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon has extended the closure of its facilities until April 1 due to volcanic pollution from the nearby eruption. A representative from the Blue Lagoon told RÚV yesterday that management would not reopen the facilities until it was completely safe for staff and visitors.

Monitoring pollution from the eruption closely

The Blue Lagoon was evacuated on March 16 when a volcanic eruption in Sundhnúkagígar commenced and has remained closed ever since. This morning, the Blue Lagoon, in consultation with the Icelandic Meteorological Office, decided to further extend its closure until April 1, primarily on account of volcanic pollution. The situation will be reassessed on April 1.

Helga Árnadóttir, Chief Sales, Operation & Service Officer at Blue Lagoon Iceland, told RÚV yesterday that volcanic pollution in the area was being closely monitored: “We anticipate that Grindavíkurvegur road will reopen in the coming days, but we are dealing pollution from the eruption, which we are managing by increasing measurements.”

At the request of the Blue Lagoon, the Icelandic Meteorological Office installed monitors near the popular tourist destination. Sulphur dioxide levels in the area reached up to 5,000 ppm yesterday morning, levels which are potentially hazardous to human health.

As noted by RÚV, volcanic pollution was also recorded in the town of Höfn, with the Icelandic Meteorological Office recommending that residents close windows, turn off air conditioning, and monitor air quality.

The Blue Lagoon will continue to reassess the situation: “We have been taking one step at a time … intend to manage the situation well before reopening,” Helga observed. As noted by RÚV, one employee of the lagoon had to seek medical attention at a hospital last week due to volcanic emissions. He is on sick leave, according to Helga.

“We will not reopen until we and the authorities deem it completely safe for both staff and guests to return. This has a lot to do with wind conditions and how these measurements develop from day to day,” Helga concluded.

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