Blue Lagoon, An Otherworldly Calm Spot On Earth

The Blue Lagoon is an awesome place to be in, if only to enjoy a good bathe or spa treatment. But is the Blue Lagoon really worth it?

Blue Lagoon

Iceland is known for its pools, spas, and geothermal activities. What happens if you combine these three and wrap the result in a luxurious package? You get Blue Lagoon, one of the most premiere spots in Iceland offering unmatched and one-of-a-kind relaxing experience.

Around 45 minutes away from the capital, Blue Lagoon is famous for a lot of things, primarily its popularity with tourists. You might even recognize its image from popular media — a small sea of calm, powder-blue waters, steam hovering in wisps above it, black-and-gray craggy rocks dotting the horizon.

Blue LagoonThis geothermal spa is an image of luxury — the kind of luxury where you have to pre-book for days (or even weeks) in advance. Blue Lagoon is Reykjavik’s most popular attraction, so it’s recommended to book ahead through it’s website as last minute booking will normally cost you higher priced ticket or worst, you won’t get entry slot.

Like any other resort, Blue Lagoon also offers other services such as hotel rooms – the Silica Hotel and Retreat Hotel; restaurants – Lava Restaurant and Moss Restaurant; spa services and also their own brand of skin care products – the Blue Lagoon Skin Care.

Blue LagoonThe water isn’t very hot — 39 degrees Celsius on average — since it has already passed through a geothermal power plant on its way to the lagoon. Yes, the lagoon is manmade, but the waters themselves originate from a superheated vent near a vein of lava.

Here’s below, interesting facts about Blue Lagoon’s seawater. I am very grateful I took time taking photos not just of the beautiful scenery in the Blue Lagoon but also of those informative posters/fliers around the premises.

The Natural Source

The Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater is a part of an ecocycle where nature and science work in harmony. The seawater originates 2000 meters beneath the ground where it is heated by earth’s natural forces. At this depth, the temperature is 240 degree Celsius and the pressure is 36 times the pressure on the earth’s surface. The geothermal seawater comes into contact with cooling magmatic intrusions and captures the earth’s minerals, resulting in this unique natural source known for its healing power and active ingredients: silica, mineral and algae.
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Blue LagoonThe Blue Lagoon is an awesome place to be in this Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, if only to enjoy a good bathe or spa treatment. If you can, go here in the evenings (the place is open until 12MN during summer, and until 9 or 10 PM at other times). This way, you can feel what it’s like to plunge into the water under the midnight sun, or under the weaving lights of an aurora! It’s an otherworldly and unforgettable experience.

The geo-heated seawater here is rich in various minerals like sulfur and silica, and is purported to have significant healing properties (especially for those with psoriasis and other skin diseases). Don’t worry about catching anything here, though, as it’s covered by Iceland’s very strict code of spa hygiene. Also, the waters are completely replaced every 2 days.

But is the Blue Lagoon really worth it? Most people seem to agree so. And to prove it, check out some of Blue Lagoon’s services for a truly unique Icelandic experience:

Blue Lagoon Spa Treatment and Massages

Blue Lagoon spa treatment and massages take place both indoor and in the lagoon, in the open air. The treatments are based on Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater’s active ingredients: minerals, silica and algae. Floating in the mineral-rich water, in close proximity to the Blue Lagoon’s extraordinary environment, surrounded by the natural elements and pure Icelandic air, it is a unique experience for body and mind.
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Blue Lagoon Clinic

The Blue Lagoon geothermal water is known for its positive effects on psoriasis. The Blue Lagoon psoriasis treatment is natural, without side effects and is based on bathing in the seawater and use of Blue Lagoon skin care products. The treatment is provided at the Blue Lagoon Clinic, about 5 – minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon Clinic also offers spacious accommodation rooms with television and internet access.
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Blue Lagoon Skin Care

Blue Lagoon’s natural active ingredients: silica, minerals and algae form the base for development of Blue Lagoon skin care products. The first product line was launched in 1995 with only a few items. But since then, a series of face, body and spa products have been developed and are used by people from all over the world. The design of the Blue Lagoon Shops provides a connection to the Blue Lagoon’s natural environment and adds to the true Icelandic experience.
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Getting to Blue Lagoon

Blue LagoonWith several bus companies operating in the city, getting to the Blue Lagoon is effortless (and in my case, it was both effortless and scenic!). Or if you prefer getting to the Blue Lagoon on your own, you can opt for car rental services available in the city.

Arriving Reykjavik on a cruise ship? There are taxis normally waiting right from the dock. Just tell the taxi driver to take you to the Blue Lagoon.

If you are remotely thinking of going here on your Iceland visit, it’s best to book now. Ticket prices tend to rise steeply the closer you are to your target dates, so it’s best to book early. It’s not for nothing, after all, that this is one of the most frequented spots in all of Iceland!

Blue Lagoon Contact: +354 420 8800

Blue Lagoon Address: Norðurljósavegur 9, 240 Grindavík

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