Iceland’s Blue Lagoon shuts again after another eruption

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By Lisa James
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The famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland has had to close again, after another volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula.

The resort was evacuated after seismic activity was recorded near the Sundhnúksgígar crater on the peninsula, which has since started to erupt.

Residents in the coastal town of Grindavík have been told to evacuate. The Blue Lagoon said it will close until 31 May, when it will re-evaluate the situation.

The spa has had to close several times over the past few months because of volcanic activity. The last time was in April.

The Blue Lagoon 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.”

The UK Foreign Office has updated its advice to say: “Recently there has been a series of volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula in south-west Iceland, the latest on 29 May. 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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