Iceland's Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon

Getting up at 0800 and driving to the Blue Lagoon with it's geothermal hot springs.

The Blue Lagoon (Icelandic: "Bláa Lónið") geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation.

The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C (104 °F).

The lagoon is fed by the water output of a nearby geothermal power plant. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system.

Blue Lagoon
Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.

The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. It is situated approximately 13 km from the Keflavík International Airport and 39 km from the capital city of Reykjavík. The Blue Lagoon spa and geothermal complex is clearly visible from any of the usual satellite imagery sources at coordinates (63.879, -22.434).

Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower in the communal shower area before and after bathing.

It is claimed that in June 2007 the Blue Lagoon appeared green, It bewildered the people of Iceland and its tourists.

As your driving to the Blue Lagoon you drive thru an old lava field and can see the steam rising up.

Black lava rock found at the bottom of the lagoon.
 When you arrive you walk the pathway thru the lava rock to the front doors. You check in and they give you a towel and a wristband for your locker. You head up to the lockerooms get changed into your swimming suit. Make sure you take a shower and walk downstairs to the lagoon. When you open the door to go outside to the lagoon is is so cold, you make a mad dash to get into the water and does it feel so good!!!!  As you move around the lagoon you find the warm water and the hot water. We took turns going between them both. It rained, the sun came out, and it was windy within the two hours while we were there. The water kept you nice and warm:) They have a warm waterfall you can get under. It feels like a massage or you can head to the steam room for some dry heat to warm you up.  When your done the have very nice showers with shampoo and body wash to clean you up.  If your hungry they have the Blue Lagoon Cafe' or Resaurant. And of couse they have the gift shop.

If you forget to bring your towel you can rent one. If you forget your camera they have the waterproof cameras you can buy.

Out of the week we have been here this comes in at second place!!  It's a must stop while in Iceland.

Africancrab says:
I can't wait to be there in a fortnight. Nice detailed blog. I always wondered about the water and it's processes.
Posted on: Sep 29, 2010
dl4plm says:
icelandic visitors should also try the thermals at Myvatan ... even better :)
Posted on: Oct 24, 2008
alyssa_ob says:
I definitely want to go here, too!
Posted on: Oct 23, 2008
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Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
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Me with lava rock in my hands
Silica, algae, and lava rock
Silica, algae, and lava rock
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Mike in the Cafe'
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Looking out to the lagoon
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photo by: Vikram