Surrounded by a breathtaking lava landscape, the warm, aquamarine waters and healing properties of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa are an oasis of relaxation. Taking a dip in the lagoon’s hot and steamy waters amongst a moon-like backdrop of volcanic rock is a once in a lifetime experience.

Volcanically heated, the lagoon’s temperature is soothingly warm at 37-39°C and is ultra-rejuvenating for the mind, body and soul. Swelling with over 9 million litres of freshwater and seawater, the thermal bath is infused with skin boosting natural properties such as silica mud and minerals. Bathing in these geothermal waters is a wonderfully cleansing, nourishing and invigorating experience.

Voted one of 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic, it’s no wonder this spectacular spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Read on to discover the surprising story behind the Blue Lagoon, learn about its revitalizing health benefits and discover what else you can do apart from soaking up the water’s amazing properties.

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How Did The Blue Lagoon Become a Spa?

Iceland is gifted with countless hot springs and geothermal lagoons and bathing in thermal baths is an Icelandic tradition dating back to the settlement. But the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa has a fascinating history that makes this particular watery paradise stand out above the rest.

In 1976, a geothermal plant was built to harness the energy from the volcanic landscape. Hot water, heated up by lava, was vented from the ground and used to generate electricity for the plant. The water was then discharged into an adjacent lava field, which is what we know today as the Blue Lagoon.

It didn’t take long for Icelanders to sample the lagoon’s enticing water, with many noticing the extraordinary effects the silica mud had on their skin. It soon became obvious the lagoon had therapeutic properties for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa was born.

Technically, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon, but a brilliant example of nature and science working in harmony together.

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Health Benefits

As well as being immensely relaxing, the lagoon’s dense composition of silica, algae, salt and minerals are incredibly healing to the skin and your health.

Clears up skin conditions

A magical haven for psoriasis sufferers, the lagoon’s white silica mud greatly improves the skin disease. The spa even has a dedicated psoriasis skin clinic complete with dermatologists, nurses, UVB treatment and mud baths.

The lagoon’s soothing, hot water is additionally beneficial for other skin problems such as breakouts, acne and eczema. How? The steam from the water opens up the skin’s pores which helps to loosen bacteria and absorb all the water’s beneficial minerals. The water’s natural acidity also tones and cleanses the skin.

Anti-ageing properties

Think the Fountain of Youth is a myth? The Blue Lagoon’s restorative powers reduce the signs of ageing thanks to its unique combination of coccoid and filamentous blue-green algae. This infusion of natural bacteria and aquatic plants significantly increases collagen production, helping the skin to look plumper, firmer and more youthful. Fancy a dip anyone? Read more about the scientifically proven skin benefits of the Blue Lagoon here.

Promotes health and wellbeing

A wonderful pain reliever, the lagoon’s warm water gently soothes and relaxes sore or tight muscles, helping you to feel peaceful and at ease. As you bathe in the turquoise waters, your body soaks up minerals such as calcium and sodium, which boost the immune system and blood circulation. Not only does this mineral bath promote a healthy and strong body, but enhances endorphins to make you feel revitalized, happy and less stressed.

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Things To Do In The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Aside from floating in the blissfully relaxing waters, there are various other indulgent activities you can spoil yourself with on your visit.

Silica Bar

Swathe yourself in the lagoon’s rich, silica mud, located at the Silica Bar. As well as leaving skin beautifully soft and smooth, this experience is a brilliant photo opportunity as your body will be covered in eye-catching white mud from head to toe.

The Waterfall

Beat those tense muscles into submission by standing underneath the lagoon’s spectacular waterfall. Mega refreshing, the water’s powerful movement will awaken and relax you at the same time.

Sauna and steam rooms

Take a break from the water and chill out in the spa’s stylish sauna and steam baths. Carved into the lagoon’s surrounding lava rock, the stunning views and comforting hot air are utterly Zen.

In-water massage

As if floating in a heavenly, azure lagoon isn’t calming enough, you can also treat yourself to a relaxing massage, silica salt body scrub or silica foot and leg wrap, for an additional cost. See the spa’s website for more details.

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Take Me There

Where is the blue lagoon in Iceland?

The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland – 50 minutes from Reykjavík and 20 minutes from Keflavik International Airport.

How do I get there?

Hourly bus transfers to and from the Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, and Keflavík International Airport are available and are the easiest way to get there. Driving is also straightforward – for a map and directions check out the Blue Lagoon’s website.

The best time of year to visit:

The Blue Lagoon is an experience that can be enjoyed all year round, but to get the most out of your visit, head there at the height of the Summer Solstice. During this time, Iceland is blessed with eternal daylight, so you can take your time gazing up at the blue skies and floating beneath the glorious sun.

How much does it cost?

Prices range from ISK 5400 to ISK 26500 (£41.05 to £201.45) per person, depending on the package. The most basic package includes entry and a silica mud mask. Pre-booking is required.

For more information about geothermal water, Blue Lagoon activities and accommodation, visit the Blue Lagoon’s official website here:

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