Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

About 50kms south west of Reykjavic out in the middle of desolate lava fields is the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon was created artificially after the construction of a geothermal power station in the area revealed water rich in minerals and salts. Analysis of the water made experts believe that it would offer positive health benefits to bathers.

The lagoon was constructed and the water that appears blue but is a milky colour up close is a lovely warm 37°C to 39°C. The lagoon averages around 150cm deep and although natural, the floor is fairly smooth underfoot. It features a “swim up” bar for refreshments and a waterfall for a natural massage that is so powerful it will challenge even lovers of strong massage.

After you enter the lagoon, most people head for the “mud bar” where they coat their face with white therapeutic mud that is credited with assisting all kinds of skin conditions as well as tightening up wrinkles and reinvigorating. We convinced ourselves that we looked ten years younger – but it wore off quickly J

Don’t underestimate the value of “taking the waters” at the Blue Lagoon. The Iceland national health recognises it as a bona fide medical treatment for certain conditions and there is a private area for patients to work with therapists.

The entry to the Blue Lagoon is well set up. You can hire towels and robes. Lockers are free and every visitor is required to shower naked before donning their swimming costume for entry. Shower gel and conditioner is supplied in dispensers and you are advised to apply hair conditioner BEFORE you enter the lagoon to best protect your hair from the minerals in the water.

All of the above sounds very technical and informative but the real reason you should visit the Blue Lagoon is because it is fabulous! We and two hours there and we would have liked at least four hours!