The Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Many know of the Seven Wonders of the World, but National Geographic decided to make a list of 25 world wonders. One of these is the famous Blue Lagoon in Iceland. It is somewhat amazing that this world wonder did not even exist fifty years ago. In fact it was not until the 1980s that people began using this area to bath in, rubbing the silica mud found here on their skin. People with psoriasis noticed improvement in their condition after bathing here. Now it is open to the public to enjoy the waters, there are treatment centers for psoriasis patients, massage and spa services, and a skin care line. The extensive list of services available at the Blue Lagoon does not fully explain why it was named a world wonder by National Geographic.
The Blue Lagoon is located between the Keflavik Airport and the capital city of Reykjavik. It is a geothermal spa that resulted due to the neighboring Svartsengi geothermal power plant. This explains why it is relatively new in terms of existence. The average water temperature throughout the year is 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm water makes this an attraction that people can experience throughout the year. Not only does the water maintain soothing warmth during the year but it is mineral rich. It is known to contain silica and sulfur which have incredible skin benefits, it is especially known for helping with psoriasis.
Guests to the Blue Lagoon have an amazing visual that changes with the season. It is surrounded with black lava rocks and a bright steam that comes off the heated waters. The waters themselves are tinted a bright blue due to the silica. Some guests believe winter is the best time to visit as the Northern Lights are sometimes visible then, and being in the warm spa waters surrounded by snow makes for an amazing view. Iceland’s unique location near the equator allows for daylight hours that vary by the month. June has the most daylight, never getting fully dark. December is at the other extreme with almost twenty hours of darkness, but by January the sun is out usually from about 10 am to 5 pm. March and September offer more equal day and night periods as is experienced by most of the world. Due to the ever changing sunrise and sunset times, each part of the year offers a different experience at the Blue Lagoon.
Most guided tours include a visit to the Blue Lagoon, and it is Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction. Although there are over 400,000 visitors annually people find that it is easy to find private space here and not feel crowded. There are caves to duck into and explore, as well as a waterfall. The waterfall adds to the spa experience by providing a neck and shoulder massage for those underneath it. Large wooden boxes can be found throughout the lagoon. In these boxes visitors can find the much lauded silica mud. It is naturally white and can be applied to the skin and face. The silica mud is said to exfoliate the skin, add a glow to one’s skin, provide a boost in energy, and help with one’s complexion. The waters themselves are believed to have curative and restorative powers.
Visitors to Iceland rarely miss an opportunity to visit the Blue Lagoon. Some say it is the most photographed spot in Iceland. The changing backdrop and lighting during the year makes for amazing pictures of the bright blue waters, and experiencing those waters firsthand is an even more unforgettable experience. Getting to the Blue Lagoon is fairly easy due to the many tours and buses. This is a destination not to be missed when visiting Iceland.
Nonni Haraldsson is a Social Media Coordinator at www.IcelandairHotels.com, Iceland’s Trusted Provider since 1964, offering accommodations in several cities across Iceland including Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Reykjavik.