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, reported the BBC.

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 Sundhnúksgígar on May 29, we took the precautionary measure of evacuating and temporarily close all our operational units today. Further updates and information will be provided here as they become available.

“All guests with bookings during this temporary closure will be contacted. Guests wishing to modify or cancel their bookings are kindly directed to use My Booking.”

Iceland’s Keflavík airport is open and operating “in the usual way” but it urges travellers to monitor flight information.

A travel advice update from the UK FCDO 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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