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Iceland: Blue Lagoon

Soft skin, warm water, volcanic mountains equals an otherworldly spa experience

The Blue Lagoon was formed in the 1980s when the local power authority drilled for hot water and found residents were bathing in the warm blue reservoir behind the geothermal power plant. Now a giant and expensive ($50-70 per ticket) tourist attraction, more than 3,000 people visit daily. We enjoyed the milky geothermal seawater, steamy lava landscapes, silica skin masks, skyr-smoothies and how our skin felt afterward.

The Blue Lagoon silica mud mask: my skin never felt this soft before...and has never again.

Don't worry if the weather is bad, it does not matter. We went on a rainy day, but with perfectly warm water temps, it was still very enjoyable (and probably some of the crowd was scared off by the rain).

Spa Day

Since we visited, the Blue Lagoon has new, higher end amenities and hotel accommodations on site. Once you are in, you can take your time exploring the very large lagoon. With the basic entrance fee, you get a drink ticket and towel and the silica mud mask. With the upgraded premium ticket, you get slippers, a robe, an additional mask beyond the silica and some perks if you dine at the adjoining restaurants.

Named a "Wonder of the World" by National Geographic

The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater is 70% ocean water and 30% freshwater, enriched with silica, algae, and minerals. In 2012, the Blue Lagoon was named one of the 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic. If you can get yourself to Iceland, you cannot skip this!


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