Blue Lagoon Reopens Following Eruption Closure

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After closing down all facilities following a volcanic eruption on February 8, the Blue Lagoon has reopened. In an announcement published today, the company emphasised that its facilities were located “within an area at risk due to seismic activity” and that experts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office would continue to monitor ongoing developments.

Access via an alternative route

Following a volcanic eruption that commenced on the morning of February 8, the management at the Blue Lagoon took precautionary measures to evacuate and temporarily close all of its facilities. 

In an update published on its website this week, the Blue Lagoon noted that although the eruption had ceased, a decision had been made to keep all of the facilities closed through Wednesday, February 14. 

Today, the company announced that all of its facilities have been reopened

“We are happy to announce the reopening of Blue Lagoon Iceland, with all operational units now open to our guests. Our facilities, including Blue Lagoon, Blue Café, the Lava and Moss restaurants, the Retreat and Silica hotels, the Retreat Spa, and our on-site store, are ready to welcome you back,” the announcement reads.

The Blue Lagoon’s operating hours have been temporarily adjusted. Facilities are now open between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Bookings can be made at 7:00 PM at the latest.

As noted in the announcement, the Blue Lagoon is only accessible via an alternative route. It is important to note that access via this alternate route is strictly limited to guests holding valid bookings. The road is narrow, and guests are asked to be mindful of the speed limit.

“This reopening is a collaborative effort with local authorities, ensuring ongoing safety in light of recent seismic and volcanic events. We wish to inform guests that our operational units are located within an area at risk due to seismic activity as identified by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Experts continue to closely monitor the area and the ongoing developments of seismic activity through round-the-clock, real-time analysis.”

Blue Lagoon Re-Opens, 112 New Employees Added

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As of today, Friday, March 28, the Blue Lagoon has re-opened all of its facilities. The company has hired a total of 112 new employees over the past weeks and intends on hiring more staff this summer, Víkurfréttir reports.

All facilities re-opened

The Blue Lagoon – one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations – has been almost entirely closed for business since October 8 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company announced limited opening hours in April and May, but as of Friday, March 28, all of the lagoon’s facilities will re-open. These facilities include the lagoon itself, the Retreat Spa, the Blue Lagoon’s four restaurants and two hotels, along with the company’s skincare shop and research and development centre.

According to Víkurfréttir, the Blue Lagoon has recently hired 112 new employees and plans on adding more people to its staff over the summer months. Grímur Sæmundsen, CEO of the Blue Lagoon, has expressed optimism for the summer: “Following an unprecedented winter, it is now more important than ever to take good care of one’s body and soul and to enjoy a pleasant summer.”

One-third now fully vaccinated

The government has now fully vaccinated a third of its target population, with two-thirds of Icelanders having received both doses of the vaccine. In an interview with RÚV yesterday, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated that very few vaccinated individuals have been subsequently infected with COVID-19. “Those who have been infected have either just recently received their first or second jab; no one has fell seriously ill.”

The health authorities plan on vaccinating approximately 14,000 people next week with vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Jansen.

According to government regulations, fully vaccinated travelers need to take a PCR test upon arrival at the international airport. They are then required to self-isolate until they receive their test results (within a 24-hour period). These guidelines are currently in effect until June 15, 2021.