The Blue Lagoon, (in Icelandic: “Bláa lónið”) is one of the most famous geothermal spas in the world and one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Chosen for one of the top ten spas in the world.
The lagoon was completely created by chance. When in the 1970s, the Svartsengi geothermal power plant began to pour water rich in salt, algae, and silica, which became a kind of calcium. The pool created in the lava field became an attraction among locals after they discovered that water immersion alleviates skin problems especially psoriasis. Today, Blue Lagoon has a large clinic and spa that attracts many tourists every year. The Blue Lagoon is an anchor of economic stability and one of the country’s 300 largest companies.
The hot water in the blue lagoon is rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, hence the blue-greenish color of the water. The warm water coming into the lagoon is pumped from holes in the ground at a depth of 2000 meters, with the steam generated being used as an energy supply by the nearby power plant. The smoke visible from the pool area and the power plant are only water vapor. The water temperature in the lagoon is about 40 ° on average.
How to get there?
The Blue Lagoon is open daily all year round. It is located a few minutes drive from Keflavík Airport between Reykjavík Airport, about 40 minutes drive from Reykjavik. While driving on Route 41 between Reykjavik and Keflavik, try to locate the sign in Icelandic that says “Bláa lóníð” or simply look for the steam vapors coming from the blue lagoon and nearby power plant.