About the blue lagoon
Making it to the list of top 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic, is the Blue Lagoon. One of the most beautiful hot springs to exist in Iceland. Its blue water contrasting against the dark rocks and sheathing moss around, it’s a literal treat to the eyes. All you’ve to do is get soaked in the warm water, enjoy beverages of your choice and get yourself pampered with soothing massages and face masks.
Facts and benefits
The milky blue shade of the water is due to the presence of minerals like silica, sulfur, algae and rare plants only to be found in this lagoon. Ingredients of this water make for an immaculate recipe for skincare. With its healing properties, it’s also known to be helpful in treating skin conditions like psoriasis. The presence of steaming hot water assures the renewal of water in the lagoon. Thus, adding to the refreshing experience of this Marvelous hot spring.
Temperature of the water
Optimum temperature scaling between 37-40°C is maintained throughout the year. The temperature of the water is usually perfect to suit everybody’s fancy. Although it might vary a bit at times, depending on the surrounding weather conditions.
Formation of the Blue Lagoon
What if we tell you that this isn’t a natural hot spring and came into existence accidentally? Hard to believe yeah?
Here’s what happened~
Back in the late 1970s, Svartsengi power station, a geothermal power plant was made near this lagoon. Luck by chance, extra heat energy, and water budded out during a drilling project to supply geothermal energy to the neighboring homes. That’s how the Blue Lagoon came to life. Although it’d faced a lot of objection back in the day, the chemicals from the powerplant don’t exist in the water. In fact, it has been verified to be therapeutic to the skin.
Location and transport
Situated in~ Reykjanes Peninsula, Grindavik of Southwest Iceland.
Its 30 min from Reykjavik and
15 min from the international airport, Keflavik.
We’d recommend you to priorly rent a vehicle via online booking or choose group tours. This will help in making traveling around to different places every day more convenient and secure. No matter what the weather conditions be.
Other things to know~
Where to stay?
With the lagoon conveniently being 30 min away from the capital city, you can simply choose accommodation in Reykjavik.
If you’re willing to go a little fancy, then you might as well stay at the Retreat hotel, at the Blue Lagoon, and have a lavish experience.
Best time to visit the Blue Lagoon
It all comes down to whether you’d like to experience the Blue Lagoon with Midnight sun as the backdrop or the northern lights. For the former option, visit during summer. Although it might be a little packed since summer is its high season. For way lesser crowds and northern lights, winter’s the season. It’s open all year round and no matter when you come, it’ll definitely be a memorable time.
Morning or evening?
Either visit as soon as the lagoon opens in the morning or later in the day, a few hours prior to its closing. This will help you avoid large groups of people and get some more privacy.
What to wear?
A swimsuit should do. A shower before entering the lagoon is required so plan and pack accordingly.
Should you take your children along?
Entry to infants below 2 years of age is restricted. The water may be harmful to their sensitive skin. Other than that it’s totally safe for children of age group above 2. Floaties are provided for their safety if required. Parent’s company is necessary throughout the period since the depth of the lagoon is 4.7 feet, which might be a little risky for small kids without their parent’s vigilance.