The accidental Blue Lagoon
Ever heard of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland? Of course you have. This is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland and it’s renowned for its healing powers. If you’ve already booked your cheap flights to Iceland with WOW air, here’s a chance to book a trip to this supernatural spa.
Located in the midst of a lava field near Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, this man-made lagoon is fed by the seawater output of a nearby geothermal power plant and is fully renewed every two days. In 1976 when, the power plant had just been built, a pool formed at the site from the waste water. In 1981 people started bathing in the silica and mineral rich seawater and discovered its healing powers for psoriasis. The Blue Lagoon Company was established in 1992 and opened up a bathing facility at the site.
Since then the facilities have gone from shabby to fancy in what seems like a heartbeat and the Blue Lagoon is now a respectable spa with all the trimmings; massages, skin treatments, lounges, beauty treatments, restaurant, café, bar, accommodation and more There’s also a Blue Lagoon Clinic that specializes in treatments for psoriasis and a research facility where the benefits of the silica and minerals for other skin diseases are studied.
Scientists have proven that the unique blend of mineral salts, silica and blue-green algae in the Blue Lagoon and the white silica mud are very good for the skin. The relaxing qualities are a big bonus and the mud is actually great for cleansing and exfoliating the skin. These powers have now been harnessed in a range of skin products that bear the Blue Lagoon name.
It’s not just the warm milky blue water of the Blue Lagoon that’s energizing, the whole setting around the lagoon is out of this world so it’s almost like bathing on an alien planet. This is a perfect place for a romantic get-away and for recharging after long flights or meetings. Some even come just to say they’ve been there, done that. You could do that too!