Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is the most popular tourist destination in Iceland, and for a good reason. It has been named one of the best spas in the world multiple times and offers a very unique experience. Most people know that it’s a geothermal spa and is characterized by the blue water, but there are other things that people might not know about and that’s why I decided to write this blog.
1. The Blue Lagoon is expensive!
I’m not saying it’s not worth it, but going to the blue lagoon is not cheap, even on Icelandic standards. A couple wanting to get in the blue lagoon will have to pay EUR 80,- ($110) during the high season. When you compare that to the price of going to “normal” geothermal pools ($5 per person), it is rather expensive.
2. Prepare to get naked
Just like every other pool/spa in Iceland, you are required to strip down and wash your private areas before getting in. Some people, especially those from the United States, may not be used to that. Of course the locker rooms are gender separated, but just be prepared to be naked around people of your own sex.
3. It’s Man Made
Iceland is full of natural wonders so many people are surprised to hear that the Blue Lagoon is not one of those wonders, simply because it’s man made. But it wasn’t built by businessmen or some corporation. In fact, it was just an accident. A power plant located near the Blue Lagoon dumped the leftover geothermal water into the lava field after using it, and voila, the Blue Lagoon was created!
4. It’s Good for Your Skin
Even though the Blue Lagoon is essentially made up from accidental waste water from the nearby power plant, it has some important dermatological benefits. The water is very rich in sulfur, silica, and various other minerals that have been proven to be beneficial for people with skin problems, especially those suffering from psoriasis (like me). So go ahead, do your skin a favor and put some of that white “mud” on your face!
5. It’s Not in Reykjavik (or Keflavik)
Nope, the Blue Lagoon is neither in the capital, Reykjavik, nor in Keflavik where the airport is located. It is actually closest to a small fishing village named Grindavik. It is located in a lava field, about 5 minutes from Grindavik, 20 minutes from Keflavik, and 40 minutes from Reykjavik. If you are planning to go there on your layover, Reykjavik Excursions can take you there from the airport.