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The Blue Lagoon in Iceland - Geothermal Spa

Treat yourself in one of the 25 wonders of the world

The Blue Lagoon is unique and relaxing environment. The waters and natural silica mud are very beneficial to the skin, and the lagoon location is truly stunning. If you're feeling indulgent then you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage in the spa centre.

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The Blue Lagoon Is One of the Wonders of the World

The Blue Lagoon has been listed as one of the 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic.  In 2012, the magazine published a special edition about the Wonders of the World. With Iceland’s Blue Lagoon on the list, the collection contains 25 remarkable destinations and phenomena all around the globe.

The African Sahara desert, Hawaiian volcanoes, Borneo’s rainforests, and the Cave of Crystals in Mexico were also on the list, to mention just a few.

The Blue Lagoon from aerial view

The Blue Lagoon from aerial view

Taking a relaxing bath in a warm, milky white lake in the middle of a rugged lava field is truly a unique experience. Sometimes the Northern Lights may even make an appearance and dance over the skies in wintertime. Can you imagine this experience?

The famous Blue Lagoon is definitely the most iconic tourist attraction in Iceland. It is no wonder this gloriously enchanting place is on the top of the bucket list of travellers visiting Iceland.

Facts About the Blue Lagoon

  • Blue Lagoon is ‘Bláa Lónið’ in Icelandic
  • The lagoon is man-made
  • It sits inside a large, 800-year-old lava field
  • The hot water comes from a depth of 2,000 metres below the surface
  • The water is first used at the geothermal power plant and then directed into the lagoon
  • The water temperature is between 37 and 40°C (98 and 104°F)
  • The lagoon contains 9 million litres of water
  • The water in the lagoon renews itself in every 40 hours
  • The water is a mixture of freshwater and seawater
  • The water is rich in silica and minerals
  • The blue colour comes from the silica
  • The green shadows in summer come from algae
  • If you pour it into a transparent cup, it will be milky white
  • There is a warm waterfall and an in-water cave in the lagoon
  • There is an in-water bar where you can buy refreshments while still in the water
  • The lagoon is not suitable for children under 2 years
  • The Blue Lagoon is accessible for wheelchair users
  • The water helps some people with skin ailments such as psoriasis
  • You can choose basic, comfort and luxury packages
Beautiful view all around the lagoon

Beautiful view all around the lagoon

What‘s It like Bathing in the Blue Lagoon?

Today, the Blue Lagoon is a world-class spa. Is most likely nothing that you have ever experienced in other spas. The modern facilities are top class and in stark contrast with the rough natural lava field that surrounds the lagoon.

They also offer many extra services if you feel like you need some extra care. In-water massages, guided tours, and other amenities, like a face and algae mask. They also have a sauna, steam rooms, and a relaxation area.

The temperature of the water in the Blue Lagoon is steady at around 37 to 39°c (98-102°F). It‘s also good to know that the water is as clean as any other pools, as the water renews every 40 hours.

The silica mud mask has amazing health effects on your skin

The silica mud mask has amazing health effects on your skin

But Why Is It so Blue?

Plot twist: It isn‘t, The Blue Lagoon is actually white! The blue color of the lagoon comes from the silica in the water and the way it reflects sunlight.

The lagoon can take on a greenish hue during summertime. This is the result of algae in the water, which multiplies more rapidly when the sun shines day round. But pour the water into a small container and you‘ll see that it actually has a smooth milky white colour.

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon is a unique experience

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon is a unique experience

Does the Blue Lagoon Mess Up Your Hair?

The geothermal water at Blue Lagoon has high levels of silica, sulfate, other minerals, and algae, which are not at all harmful to hair. These elements coat each hair follicle, which strengthens and revitalizes them. However, this special mineral treatment can make your hair feel stiff, making it dry and rough to touch. This can last for days or even weeks in some

Different hair types react differently to the water. Straight and thin hair benefits from root lifting, a boost in volume, and thickening. Straight and thick hair can become stiffer and therefore be quite difficult to brush. Curly and dry hair may become curlier and dryer, so it is better to avoid getting this type of hair wet in the Blue Lagoon. However, curly and soft hair will stick better and the roots will be lifted after a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Note that sulfate is not good for keratin treatments. Sulfates are harsh lathering agents that may strip the hair of the treatment prematurely. If you have had one of these treatments, keep your hair up and out of the water.

Blue Lagoon

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After getting wet in the Blue Lagoon, your hair can become difficult to manage. In order to avoid this, it is advisable to keep your hair out of the water by either putting your hair up in a bun or using a swim cap.

If you insist on diving in, apply a lot of hair conditioner before and after bathing. You can even leave it on your hair while you are in the water.

When you get out of the water, immediately wash your hair thoroughly with a deep clarifying shampoo 2-3 times. There are complimentary shampoo and conditioner in the shower areas that you may help yourself to. Make sure you apply a deep conditioning product that does not contain protein.

Regular conditioners often do not work because they contain protein, which will interact with the silica in negative ways. To reiterate, any shampoo and conditioner without protein will work better. Consider also applying a deep conditioning hair mask overnight to reap maximum benefits.

The blue color of the lagoon comes from the silica in the water and the way it reflects sunlight

The blue color of the lagoon comes from the silica in the water and the way it reflects sunlight

Blue Lagoon Skin Care Products

Blue Lagoon skin care products were introduced shortly after the Lagoon was opened to the public in 1993. The water became famous straightaway for its healing effects. Today, the Blue Lagoon development center continues researching the natural and unique active ingredients that can be found in the water. They are looking for new ways to widen the spectrum of products that heal many types of skin problems.

When geothermal seawater flows from 2000 meters deep through fine volcanic filters, the real magic happens. Research shows that the so-called coccoid algae that thrives in the geothermal seawater of the Blue Lagoon can reduce the UV-induced degradation of collagen in skin and the filamentous algae stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production. Therefore, these types of algae are amazing anti-aging products.

The silica is able to strengthen the skin’s barrier function which is one of the key elements in maintaining healthy and radiant skin. This unique combination of pure minerals has majestic revitalizing effects. These products are harvested by way of a zero waste process so they are highly eco-friendly and sustainable.

The Blue Lagoon water has amazing health effects

The Blue Lagoon water has amazing health effects

Things to Do in the Blue Lagoon

Use the SPA amenities, such as silica mud mask, steam bath and sauna, which are included in the price. A warm waterfall and an in-water cave make it even easier to turn the experience into something to remember for a lifetime. The relaxation area, with a view over the lagoon, offers comfort and calming music to relax to.

There is a warm waterfall inside the lagoon

There is a warm waterfall inside the lagoon

In-water massage: you can purchase a deep, relaxing massage while lying on a mattress, floating on the water. You can choose between a 30 or 120-minute-long treatment. The massage therapist will use a special treatment of mineral massage oil to enchant your senses.

Take a deep, relaxing massage while lying on a mattress, floating on the water

Take a deep, relaxing massage while lying on a mattress, floating on the water

In-water bar: uniquely, there is an awesome bar inside the lagoon where you can buy alcoholic beverages, such as beer and wine, or non-alcoholic smoothies and slushies, as well as sodas. You can use the plastic wristband that you receive on arrival for purchases, then pay the bill when leaving the lagoon.

Enjoy the view in the Blue Lagoon Café

Enjoy the view in the Blue Lagoon Café

Lava Restaurant: The Blue Lagoon has an upscale, gourmet restaurant with a stunning view over the lagoon. The menu consists of traditional Icelandic dishes made from local ingredients, such as lamb, arctic charr, cod, salmon, langoustine, and beef, with Icelandic herbs, berries, and local dairy products.

Sauna with a view

Sauna with a view

Guided tour: The 40-minute-long informative guided tour is suitable for groups of 11 people or more. They will show you around the indoor and outdoor areas. The guides explain the full history of the lagoon, starting with the volcanic eruption that created the landscape. The tour includes some food tasting and a welcome cocktail as well.

Shopping: there is a nice souvenír shop in the building. Here you will find local knitted products such as socks, gloves, and sweaters. You’ll also find stylish and useful outdoor clothing here, designed for the harsh Icelandic climate. And, of course, skin products from the Blue Lagoon brand can be purchased here. Silica and algae mud masks, lip and hand balm, and body lotion are just a few examples.

The most romantic place for sure

The most romantic place for sure

How Was the the Blue Lagoon Formed?

Contrary to popular belief, the Blue Lagoon is not a naturally formed pool. In 1976, the pool was formed at the side of a newly built geothermal power plant. The runoff water from the powerplant was released into the lagoon. For the first many years, it wasn’t used for bathing.

In the 1980s, researchers discovered that the water is not only perfectly safe but also rich in minerals. They originate from the deep geological layers and are being pushed up to the surface by the hot water.

The Lagoon in winter

The Lagoon in winter

The silica and algae content have been proven to be good for the skin and have other healing effects. Studies suggested that the water could be used for recreational and medicinal purposes. Hearing the news, locals began to bathe in the lagoon.

In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established. The company built the bathing and changing facilities and soon opened the lagoon to the public. The lagoon and the spa continue to grow - along with the number of visitors - and new sections are being built to make more space for us to enjoy.

The water still comes from the power plant that continues to work today. The superheated water is used to run turbines that generate electricity for the nearby towns and communities. Even though the lagoon is not naturally formed, the power plant is a renewable energy source and is environmentally friendly.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon is a must-do once you are in Iceland

Visiting the Blue Lagoon is a must-do once you are in Iceland

Practical Info on the Blue Lagoon

  • Blue Lagoon is open every day of the year
  • The lagoon is located near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Distance from Keflavík International Airport: 23 km
  • Distance from the capital city, Reykjavík: 47 km
  • Blue Lagoon offers luggage storage facility
  • Your wristband will act as a key for the locker and you can use it to buy refreshments
  • Shower gel and hair conditioner are provided
  • Use hair conditioner before and after bathing, as the water can make hair dry
  • Bathing suits are required in the lagoon, including the steam baths and saunas
  • The showers and changing rooms are split up by gender
  • Towels, bathing suits, and bathrobes are available for rent
  • The deepest point in the water is 1.4 meters
  • The white silica mud mask is delivered in the lagoon
  • There is a café bar with a small buffet in the main building
  • There is a gourmet Lava restaurant with a view over the lagoon
  • Pre-booking is required
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