Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa situated in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. About 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik, I stopped off at the spa during my trip to Iceland last month.
The Blue Lagoon is man-made, fed by the water output of a nearby geothermal power plant. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for people like me to bathe in – rich with minerals such as silica (reported to improve skin elasticity) and sulphur (used medicinally since ancient times, rich in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin) – giving it a silky feel and a rich and gloopy appearance.
At an average temperature of around 38 degrees, swimming (or rather, wading) in the lagoon is a delightfully blissful experience. I wore my new maillot from Kore Swim during my time there: an architecturally designed one-piece with high neck, cut-out back straps and sleek black gloss accents, this Minerva maillot was perfect for the spa as I wanted more coverage than I might in a swimming pool or on a beach. Kore have a wonderful selection of one-pieces right now, and this maillot has recently been released in blush pink/black as well as white/black scale print.
Those seeking a fun spa experience should consider Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. If you are making the trip, be warned – the scent of sulphur needs some acclimatizing to, and you are required to go through a rigorous showering process before you get into the spa itself – once those things are done then all you need to do is sit back in the warm waters and relax….