Popular tourist destination Blue Lagoon reopened Sunday after being temporarily closed for a month due to seismic activity and fears of a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula. Today, in the wake of last night’s volcanic eruption, Blue Lagoon has announced that it’s closing temporarily again.
“A volcanic eruption commenced in Sundhnúkagígar on the evening of December 18,” reads the announcement on Blue Lagoon’s website. “As a result, we have temporarily closed our facilities in Svartsengi. All guests with confirmed bookings in the upcoming days will be contacted.”
“No indications of magma” over the weekend
Blue Lagoon owes its existence to the natural forces that continue to shape the Reykjanes peninsula. It is situated in a lava field and its water comes from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant. The spa was closed on November 9, along with its adjoining hotels and restaurant, due to a magma intrusion under the nearby town of Grindavík and a “seismic swarm” of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 24 hours that had dozens of guests fleeing the resort. All 3,800 residents of Grindavík were evacuated and remain away from their homes.
The Guardian reported yesterday on Blue Lagoon’s reopening, a decision management said was made in close collaboration with the authorities. “Experts are meticulously monitoring the situation with real-time analysis. Currently, there are no indications of magma approaching the surface,” the Guardian quoted Blue Lagoon management yesterday . “We are excited to welcome guests back to one of the wonders of the world.” Before the reopening, employees participated in a large-scale safety drill to practise evacuating the area.
No guests on the premises when the eruption started
In an interview with Vísir following last night’s eruption, Blue Lagoon Manager Helga Árnadóttir said that the geothermal bath was already closed for the day by the time the eruption began, shortly after 10 PM. No guests or staff remained on the premises.
Due to its location, the eruption could spare all man-made structures in the area, experts have said, including the town of Grindavík, Blue Lagoon and Svartsengi power plant.
The volcanic eruption in Reykjanes is ongoing. We will continue to update this story as it develops.