Iceland’s Blue Lagoon resort will remain closed until 30 November, due to the ongoing threat of volcanic eruption.
Last week, the resort announced it would close until 16 November. The closure affects the Blue Lagoon, Silica Hotel, Retreat Spa, Retreat Hotel, Lava, and Moss Restaurant.
In an updated statement, the resort operator said decision to close until the end of the month was a ‘precautionary measure’ put in place for the wellbeing and safety of staff and guests. It expects to reopen at 7am on 30 November.
“We aim to mitigate any disruption to our guests’ experiences and alleviate the sustained pressure on our employees,” the statement said.
“During this time, Blue Lagoon Iceland will carefully monitor the seismic developments, in cooperation with the local authorities, and reassess the situation as necessary.”
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has said it’s impossible to assess when an eruption might occur but it is monitoring the situation.
The town of Grindavik, which is close to the capital Reykjavik, has been evacuated, following the detection of sulphur dioxide emissions.
The UK Foreign Office is not currently advising Brits against travelling to the region but advises checking local media for updates. UK airlines are currently still flying to Iceland.
The FCDO said: “Earthquakes and indications of volcanic activity have increased above normal levels on the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of Reykjavik.
“While there is no current eruption, it is increasingly possible that one could occur. You should monitor local media for updates and follow the authorities’ advice on travel to the area.”