Iceland is the land of fire and ice.
It is the land of glaciers and volcanoes and has the beauty of the rough landscape of lava fields and geothermal waters. It has always been this way, and it’s what makes Iceland one of the top destinations in the world.
What is happening now?
At the moment there are earthquakes in the area of the town of Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula, more than 40 minutes drive from the capital in Reykjavik, and a half-hour from the international airport at Keflavik. The “action” is in an area that’s been secured and evacuated so no one gets hurt.
The Icelandic government acts to assist the inhabitants as best as possible, and family and friends are helping each other to facilitate the lives of those who have had to leave their homes. We are all in this together and the power of community is heartwarming in Iceland in situations like these.
Is it safe to visit? A bit of perspective
Let me add a bit of perspective. it’s important to remember that Iceland is actually larger geographically than a number of more populous European countries.
It is about 20% larger than all of Ireland, 25% larger than Scotland,and only slightly smaller than Mainland Greece.
Iceland is also larger than 12 US States, including Kentucky, Indiana, Maine and South Carolina.
Consequently, most of the country remains fully accessible. Access to the South Coast, West Iceland and North Iceland is unaffected, which means that it is “business as usual” for the country’s other main travel sights and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
The other geothermal baths in Iceland
It is true that the iconic Blue Lagoon has closed, at least temporarily.
But, despite its popularity, it is by no means the only world-class geothermal bathing location in the country.
Closer to Reykjavik is the relatively new Sky Lagoon. The new Hvammsvik Baths not far from the capital have been rated very highly by visitors, and are well away from the current “action.”
The land of fire and ice
As the “land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland is also extraordinarily well-prepared for extreme climatic and seismic conditions. Building codes are among the toughest in the world, monitoring systems are state-of-the-art, and Iceland’s crack rescue service is continuously at the ready.
Iceland remains ready to welcome you.