Kansas City Chiefs owner and CEO Clark Hunt, his wife and two daughters vacationed in Iceland just days before volcanic activity there forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes and towns over fears of possible eruptions.
The Blue Lagoon resort, in a popular hot springs destination where the family apparently stayed, temporarily closed last week.
Hunt’s oldest daughter, Gracie Hunt, who posted several photos and videos during the “Bye Week Wanders” trip to her Instagram, offered prayers for the country.
Her photos showed the family hiking around Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. The Chiefs heiress quipped: “This is one Hekla of a place.”
“A few days ago when I took these photos it was truly a frozen fairytale,” she wrote on a Saturday post that showed her lounging in a bikini at the resort’s swimming pool.
“Praying for the safety of those living and working near the town of Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon which has now been evacuated due to earthquakes and the increasing risk of volcanic activity.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to visit this incredible country — we had an amazing time and adventure.”
A few days ago when I took these photos it was truly a frozen fairytale. Praying for the safety of those living and working near the town of Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon which has now been evacuated due to earthquakes and the increasing risk of volcanic activity. I am so… pic.twitter.com/131dLNBQu4
— Gracie Hunt (@gracelynhunt) November 11, 2023
The Hunts jetted to Iceland after the Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 5 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Last week, authorities reported an uptick in earthquakes, warning of possible volcanic eruption in the country’s southwestern Reykjanes Peninsula.
Officials worry about magma in the area getting closer to the surface in recent days, The New York Times reported.
Over the weekend authorities evacuated the town of Grindavik after hundreds of earthquakes hit the area overnight.
The increase in seismic activity north of the town followed thousands of other earthquakes that rumbled through the region.
Scientist Bill McGuire at University College London warned that on land, an eruption would most likely “be dominated by spectacular lava ‘fountaining’ and the production of lava flows.
“If magma breaks the surface at the southern end of the fracture, it could erupt beneath the sea, which would be a more explosive event.”