Blue Lagoon Iceland Facts – Top Tourist Travel Destination
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
One of the top tourist destination of Iceland is The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, in a location favourable for geothermal power, and is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station. The Blue Lagoon is approximately 20 km (12 mi) from Keflavík International Airport, and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon Iceland is the best known spa in Iceland and also one of the most enchanting. Due to the enormous popularity of the lagoon it is essential that visitors book their sessions in advance. Our advice is to book your Blue Lagoon tour with us well beforehand!
The Blue Lagoon is not the natural wonder that many people think it is. In fact, it’s man made. They don’t tell you that on their website, or least I didn’t find it, but it actually came about when they were building the geothermal power station Svartsengi and the lagoon consists of surplus water from the plant. That doesn’t make it any less special though. The water is still very rich of minerals, thought to have good effect on your skin, and it’s a lagoon in a middle of a lava field that you happen to be able to bathe in.
The water’s milky blue shade is due to its high silica content. The silica forms soft white mud on the bottom of the lake which bathers rub on themselves.The water is also rich in salts and algae. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F).
The water, the minerals, the white silica mud, the green algae, the color of the lagoon, the steam, and the moss-covered lava; this is all natural.