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The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Located in the spectacular lunar lava landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula – The lagoon is conveniently located a short distance from Keflavik International Airport and The Reykjavik Capital Area. The unique location and surroundings, the perfect temperature of the milky blue water in the lagoon (37-39 degrees Celsius) and healing powers from minerals make The Blue Lagoon a perfect destination when visiting Iceland. Visitors of the Blue lagoon can enjoy thermal spa saunas and steam baths carved out of a lava with a massaging waterfall. The facilities also include shops, cafés and a viewing deck where those not tempted to dip into the water can observe the area. Water streaming to the Blue Lagoon is supplied from the adjacent geothermal power plant at Svartsengi by utilizing the warm and clean discharge water from electrical production. It is a good idea to check out bathing norms and rules before you visit the lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon attracts interest from the rich and famous. The list of visitors includes household names such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Terry Hatcher and Kourtney Kardashian. The lagoon also has hosted popular shows such as The Amazing Race 6, Britain’s Next Top Model and Keeping up with the Kardashians. Who knows? You might be lucky and bump into a celeb!
The lagoon was created accidentally by the condense discharge from the geothermal power plant in Svartsengi. The water was expected to disappear into the permeable lava field, but sedimentation gradually made the coarse lava field watertight, and the lagoon continued expanding. No one could of anticipated that the coincidental event has created the most frequented tourist attraction of the country. See More about The History of The Blue Lagoon.
The rich mineral content gives the water its cloudy milk blue shade. This also has another side, where as the sulfur in the water has a smell that needs getting used to. Very few find the smell overshadowing the positive sides of visiting the Blue lagoon!
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