Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Tourism Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Tourism Blue Lagoon, Iceland


This must be the ultimate bathing experience – and it could do you good, too. A steaming blue pool at a cozy 105°F (40°C), this surreal open-air bath, located 24 miles (39 km) from Reykjavík, is warm enough to swim in at any time of year.

As clean as it is clear, the salt water is run-off from the neighboring power station, which pumps it up from 1 mile (1.5 km) below the ground, where it is piping hot, harnesses its heat and then releases it into the lagoon, where it gradually cools. The water is said to be good for your skin, and health and beauty treatments are on hand.


The Blue Lagoon is considered to have such notable regenerative qualities because the water is rich in silica and sulfur. A research and development facility on site finds cures and remedies for skin ailments, and silica mud is available for free on the sides of the pool for guests to enjoy a face mask.

The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, averaging 37–39° C (98–102° F). The Blue Lagoon also boasts the LAVA Restaurant, the Blue Café and the Lagoon Spa: you can thus enjoy cocktails, health products, delicious meals, and treatments such as massages without leaving the premises. Saunas, steam rooms, and a small waterfall are also on site.

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