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The Blue Lagoon is now open on weekends after a four-month closure

The Blue Lagoon will reopen tomorrow after being closed from October 8. The Blue Lagoon, the Lava restaurant, Silica Hotel and the Blue Lagoon store in Svartsengi will be open every weekend until spring. Retreat Spa will be open on Saturdays.

The Retreat Hotel and Moss Restaurant will also be open but with limited opening hours.

The restaurant Lava will offer bronze every Saturday and Sunday this spring from to 15. There, guests can eat in the gown between enjoying their stay in the Blue Lagoon.

An announcement from the Blue Lagoon states that the current recommendations of the authorities regarding disease control measures are followed at all Blue Lagoon establishments. Due to the restrictions, visitors are encouraged to book their visit in advance on the web.

The Blue Lagoon was not spared from the crown virus epidemic and the collapse of tourism last year. The company laid off a number of people, closed it temporarily but took advantage of the state’s redundancy subsidy between May and October last year.

The Blue Lagoon received 590 millions in termination grant but in Kveik’s coverage recently it was stated that the company’s shareholders had received a total of ISK 7.8 billion in dividends from the company in the previous three years.

By law, companies that receive a severance grant must meet certain conditions before they can start paying dividends again. The past tense does not matter, however.

Halldór Benjamín Þorbergsson, executive director of the Confederation of Icelandic Employers, pointed out in Kveiki that the Blue Lagoon had been one of the largest taxpayers in Iceland for years and its tax footprint over the years 2017 – 2019 have been over 13 billion ISK. Dividends are a sign of corporate strength.

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