ICELAND, October 24, 2017 – The Blue Lagoon is the Empire State Building of Iceland. About 400,000 visitors come here annually. It’s an astounding fact given that the population of Iceland has a population of around 320,000.
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice, for the geothermal hot springs and the gorgeous glaciers seen throughout the country. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous. The heat coming from the geothermal activity of the land supplies not only warm healing waters but about seventy percent of the energy for heating the country.
The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during the construction of a geothermal power plant.The runoff water was discovered to have healing properties and in the early 1990s, the Blue Lagoon was constructed. As people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin they noticed the many healthful benefits. Those with psoriasis noticed that their skin condition improved.
While it isn’t a naturally occurring spa as many believe it is, the water does come naturally from the ground, rich in minerals of silica and sulfur. Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world.
Here’s what you should know about a visit to the Blue Lagoon
1. Unlike many tourist attractions in Iceland that are free, it costs quite a bit to visit. Basic entrance is approximately $58.00 USD and you must have a reservation. If you don’t bring your own towel, you can rent one for about $5.00 USD. Or buy their “comfort package” which includes a drink and algae mask too.
2. Since it is on the way to Reykjavik from Keflavik airport, many tourists choose to stop there on the way in. Plus you can book this as part of your transportation to and from the airport, making it a convenient choice for visitors. The Blue Lagoon is certainly a relaxing way to kick off your visit to Iceland. It’s also a good choice as many flights arrive in Iceland too early to check into a hotel.
3. The best time to visit the Blue Lagoon is early. Opening as early as 8 am, this when you’ll find the fewest visitors. As the morning hours go by, the entrance line grows longer. Though many choose to stay for hours in the relaxing waters, if you want the most privacy, you’ll find it during the early morning hours.
4. Lining up in a queue, you’ll be given a wristband that serves a dual purpose: locks your locker and stores any transactions made in the pool or cafe. Upon checking out you can pay for any purchases made.
5. The Blue Lagoon is not for the shy! You must shower nude before you are allowed entrance to the Blue Lagoon. Staff members keep a watchful eye to make sure you do. Many patrons choose to rent robes as well to cover themselves in the walk from lockers to the showers.
6. Don’t let the water touch your hair! If it does, your hair will feel like straw for days after. While the minerals in the waters of the Blue Lagoon are known for their healing properties for skin, they are not so kind to hair.
The Blue Lagoon organization itself recommends heavily conditioning your hair; in fact, there is a supply of conditioner in the showers. But most veteran customers will tell you it is better to avoid getting your hair wet at all.
If you visit the Blue Lagoon
With this service, you choose when to leave with buses departing every hour on the hour from the Blue Lagoon to the airport or Reykjavik.
Read more from Malika Bowling at her blogspot, Romalicious