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A Native’s Expertise of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland


The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is likely one of the best-known and hottest locations to go to in Iceland. Being an Icelander I’ve visited the Blue Lagoon many, many occasions via the years, and have at all times loved my go to.

However up to now few years, the Blue Lagoon has turn into so well-liked amongst our overseas friends that pre-booking turned required. That’s once I stopped visiting the Blue Lagoon. As earlier on it was a spur of the second resolution to go to the lagoon – if we had sunny climate we might take into account a go to to the lagoon, however now we locals can’t try this anymore.

I heard tales that it had turn into too touristy and too dear so I took a break for 3 years.

Regína at The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Soaking within the Blue Lagoon

However a possibility arose to go to the Blue Lagoon once more once I was invited to the lagoon with a bunch of Finnish youngsters and their group-leader. I jumped on the likelihood to see my beloved Blue Lagoon once more 🙂

We arrived at 18:30 on the Blue Lagoon and stayed for 4 entire hours – the solar was shining and on the finish of the day, the midnight solar solid an orange hue on the blue water, making a surreal scene.

There I used to be with a glass of glowing wine in a single hand (complimentary) floating in golden water with mild steam surrounding me – it was pure heaven 🙂 I did not have a digital camera with me however shot this picture under of the midnight solar outdoors the lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

On the Blue Lagoon

Everyone was so blissful and serene and throughout there have been {couples} of all ages in love. My extraordinarily social husband, then again, had gone someplace with one other group chief, leaving me alone within the lagoon 😉

Floating there alone for some time I listened to what the opposite friends have been saying in regards to the lagoon they usually have been in the identical way of thinking as I used to be “heavenly“, “wow, what a deal with“, “as soon as in a lifetime…“, “The place else are you able to sit in a scorching spring by a volcano ingesting beer and having the time of your life – solely in Iceland“!

I used to be so blissful to listen to that individuals have been having fun with themselves a lot. One joker stated: “Think about that there was no water and we have been all crawling round like crabs or zombies” 🙂 As you’ll be able to solely transfer slowly within the water virtually like a supernatural being floating round.

Regína at the Blue Lagoon

The Finnish youngsters trying like zombies behind me 😉

The attractive blue water within the Blue Lagoon is definitely extra water from the geothermal energy plant, Svartsengi, subsequent to the lagoon, however good as such because it has therapeutic properties and works wonders on psoriasis and eczema. The geothermal sea-water comes from very deep wells and the temperature is round 36-39 levels C.

The white stuff in my picture above is a silica mud masks, which is offered by one of many bars within the Blue Lagoon. It was once present in kegs in sure areas of the lagoon, however now I solely discovered it on the bar. You place the silica mud masks in your face and depart it on for 10-Quarter-hour till it’s dry. The silica mud masks acts as an exfoliant and is meant to make your pores and skin look youthful.

Only a phrase of warning – the minerals within the water will depart your hair feeling like hay after a dip within the lagoon, particularly if chemically handled (colored) so use loads of the conditioner offered by the Blue Lagoon – I wash my hair after which put their conditioner in 3 occasions.

After my very first go to to the Blue Lagoon, I did not find out about this and my hair had the texture of a haystack on my head – it was pointing in all instructions and was completely unmanageable – like large time.

Bear in mind to drink water whereas within the lagoon, because the water within the Blue Lagoon is sea-water. In fact, there are different drinks as properly on the bar…

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

By the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is positioned on the Reykjanes peninsula in SW-Iceland and is probably the most frequented vacationer attraction in Iceland. It’s on the Nationwide Geographic checklist of 25 wonders on the planet and makes for a incredible go to. 

After the go to to the Blue Lagoon, you’ll be able to take a stroll in an exquisite space subsequent to the lagoon. Listed here are some nice picture alternatives as you stroll by a miniature model of the Blue Lagoon. 

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

By the Blue Lagoon

The colors listed below are very vivid and delightful; the spectacular blue color of the water set in pitch black lava whitened across the edges by the silica.

In some locations, this space of the Blue Lagoon appears to be like like a glacial lagoon and jogged my memory of a miniature model of Jökulsárslón glacial lagoon. Right here we’re strolling within the lava area Illahraun or Evil Lava, which is believed to have come from a volcanic eruption in 1226.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Is not this gorgeous 🙂

Components of the lava are coated with inexperienced moss. It has turn into downtrodden and entry to the lava is now restricted to guard it. So let’s keep on the paths. There isn’t a bathing right here, simply great surroundings.

As you stroll additional on the blue water runs in lava chutes – till it then disappears into the lava in a single spot. In that spot, the lava is white like somebody had painted it with white paint. However it has turn into coated with the silica deposit.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

By the Blue Lagoon

This space is very lovely within the sunshine. It’s only just lately that I found the spot the place the water disappears into the bottom. It should clog up the lava finally although, because the silica fills up the pores and holes within the lava.

That’s how the Blue Lagoon was initially created – the surplus water clogged up the lava and this glorious lagoon was created again in 1976. The primary particular person to enterprise bathing within the Blue Lagoon in 1981, and the one giving it its identify, was Valur Margeirsson, who had psoriasis.

The blue water, which is wealthy in minerals and algae, did wonders to his pores and skin.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

By the Blue Lagoon

Right here is the place the blue water disappeared into the lava

And right here you’ll be able to see it in a video I took:

Then the locals began bathing on this heat lagoon when public bathing with showers was supplied in 1987. Again then the Blue lagoon was open with free entry to all people, and we locals would soak there at will.

Instances have modified for positive with the elevated recognition of the lagoon, however soaking within the Blue Lagoon is at all times a really satisfying expertise. To these of you who’re considering visiting the Blue Lagoon, I’d say: “Go for it!“. Expensive or not it’s a as soon as in a lifetime expertise!

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The doorway to the Blue Lagoon

Despite the fact that I as an area can’t afford to frequent it anymore as I used to do, then visiting it a minimum of as soon as is an unforgettable expertise and really a lot value it.

To ebook a ticket and a slot on the Blue Lagoon you accomplish that on the web site of the Blue Lagoon.

Additional studying:  the Blue Lagoon – the Final Information

The Blue Lagoon of the North – the Mývatn Nature BathsJarðböðin á Mývatni - the Mývatn Nature Baths North-Iceland

Jarðböðin á Mývatni – the Mývatn Nature Baths

By Mývatn in North-Iceland, you will see that one other Blue Lagoon kind of expertise, on a a lot lesser scale although than the Blue Lagoon in SW-Iceland. This lagoon known as Jarðböðin á Mývatni – the Mývatn Nature Baths and is partly owned by the Blue Lagoon.

The blue water right here can be wealthy in silicates, minerals and geothermal microorganisms, that are useful to the pores and skin. I go to the Mývatn space yearly and it’s great soaking within the Mývatn Nature baths after a day of travelling and taking in all of the attention-grabbing sights within the Mývatn space.

Visiting these two lagoons shouldn’t be missed whereas travelling in my nation, it’s such a beautiful expertise.

Increasingly more geothermal baths are being opened in Iceland, making use of our plentiful geothermal water.

Regína soaking in the Geosea geothermal sea baths in North-Iceland

Soaking within the Geosea geothermal sea baths with an infinity view

I just lately visited the Geosea geothermal sea baths in Húsavík in North-Iceland, the place you soak in geothermal seawater from a borehole, with an infinity view over the bay.

Okayrauma geothermal baths in West-Iceland are additionally a brand new addition. There you soak within the geothermal water from probably the most highly effective scorching spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver.

You’ll be able to see pictures of Krauma in my travel-blog: The spectacular Silver Circle of West-Iceland

Regína getting a massage in the Secret Lagoon in South-Iceland

I getting a therapeutic massage within the Secret Lagoon in South-Iceland

One other geothermal bathtub is the Secret Lagoon upcountry in South-Iceland. And Fontana, which is positioned on the Golden Circle of Iceland. I’ve but to go to it.

I go to these geothermal baths occasionally, however primarily I am going swimming within the geothermal swimming swimming poolsÁrbæjarlaug is an all-time favorite of mine. It overlooks the attractive Elliðaárdalur valley, the place a salmon river runs via Reykjavík.

Have a stunning time visiting the geothermal baths of Iceland 🙂

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