This unique lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days. Svartsengi plant was built first, and it uses Iceland’s volcanic landscape to produce heat power. The runoff is filtered straight into the Blue Lagoon, which is what heats the water.
The lagoon has been developed for tourists with a modern complex of changing rooms, a rooftop viewpoint, restaurants, and a gift shop, and landscaped with hot-pots, steam rooms, a bar, a sauna, and a piping-hot waterfall that delivers a powerful hydraulic massage. A VIP section has its own interior wading space, lounge, and viewing platform. Construction of an expanded spa and 5-star hotel is about to be completed in 2017.
How hot is the Blue Lagoon?
The water temperature in the swimming and bathing area of the lagoon averages between 37-40°C (98-104°F). The mineral-rich warm waters are rich in minerals like sulfur and silica and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some individuals suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis (a long-lasting autoimmune disease).
The high mineral content in the water may be working wonders on your skin but it will play havoc with your hair. If you want to maintain a glossy mane, lather conditioner through your hair before you enter the lagoon.
While it looks blue, the water in this lagoon is actually white. If you pour it into a transparent cup, it will have a milky white color. The sun simply makes the water look blue.
Children under the age of nine years old are only allowed entry the spa with the use of armbands, provided free of charge. In addition, the lagoon is not suitable for children under the age of two years.
How to get to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Grindavík, Iceland?
This place is just a few minutes from Keflavik International Airport (approximately 20 km). The Lagoon is accessible by bus or by car from Reykjavik (39 km – approximately a 50-minute drive, towards Keflavik airport), and is also included on many organized bus tours. Reykjavík is a combination of breathtaking volcanic landscape, unusual architecture and creative spirit, a fascinating city with so much to see and do.
Not unlike many spas around the world, you need to take a shower before going into the pool. Nevertheless, this spa goes one step further and requires you to shower naked. While ago, the shower stalls were open, there are now a few stalls that lock for privacy. Once you’ve rinsed, you can put your bathing suit back on and head into the water.