If you ever happen to be in Iceland, do not miss the chance to take a hot bath in the “Blue Lagoon”. Bathing in this unique geothermal pool will not only improve health, but also get a lot of unforgettable experiences.
In the minds of most Europeans, Iceland has acquired a bunch of annoying stereotypes: the gloomy cold, lifeless streets, beautiful panoramic views and constant changing weather. However, all these stereotypes easily melt in the hot waters of the unique geothermal pool “Blue Lagoon”, formed at the end of the 70s of the last century on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Fortunately, it allows the water temperature: the thermometer never falls below 37 degrees Celsius.
History of Blue Lagoon
It all started in 1976 when the project to build a geothermal power plant near Svartsengi, in the southwest of Iceland, has found his life’s incarnation. It was based on the use of the natural features of the Reykjanes peninsula, the soil of which consists of a loose porous lava, through which water is freely seeping. Built geothermal station, which is the combined production of electricity and hot water, and providing first and second all Reykjavik. And after a while near the station formed a natural lagoon with thermal waters, in which pleasure swimming workers and local residents. Blow the whole world about the unique nature of its waters has allowed an accident: one power engineers decided iskupnutsya after a tiring working day – and soon a pleasant surprise that got rid of it for many years chasing psoriasis. However, It is not known whether this is a case of a real or a product of the local mythology, but the fact remains that on the Blue Lagoon learned, and at the end of the last century, authorities had erected on the site of the miracle of the lake spa complex, which became the hallmark of this country and one of the the most popular resorts in the world.
Its name geothermal pool “Blue Lagoon” fully justifies: its water tinged almost merge with the firmament of Iceland, creating a marvelous symphony of colors and directly physically tangible atmosphere isolated from the bustling world of paradise. True, this paradise has its price, it varies depending on what time of the year for you charted acquainted with the “Blue Lagoon”. So, in the summer season (June 1 to August 31) adult ticket costs 40 euros and for adolescents aged 14 – 15 euros. At other times – and opened a spa complex all year round – for adults will have to pay the entrance 33 euros, while the price of the ticket for teens remains unchanged. The children under 14 years are skipped for free, but only if accompanied by an adult.
Location Blue Lagoon
In order to get to the unique swimming pool, just take the bus to the capital’s bus station and the distance of 38 kilometers. By the time it takes less than 45 minutes. There is another way – from Keflavik International Airport, located only 15 kilometers north-west of the “Blue Lagoon”.
Once you pay the ticket and will step into the compound, immediately receive a special bracelet with magnetic chip – it will be used as the key to the cabinet where you can keep the money, documents and other personal belongings. Rules established that with a must-have swimsuit, towel and bathrobe. However, towel and bathrobe you can rent for 5 and 9 euros respectively. Changing rooms in the complex are divided by gender: male and female. Need to cool off? It offers showers, complimentary shampoo and shower gel. Want a snack? Issued you a bracelet with a chip easily and conveniently pay for drinks and meals at local cafes and bars.
Knowledgeable people recommend bathing in the Blue Lagoon closer to the night when you can simultaneously see the northern lights. Photo frames on the obtained fine, but to enjoy the process of bathing added attractive mystical areolas. On the other hand, in the morning tourists not so much as in the evening so if you prefer to avoid crowded places, it makes sense to come early in the morning and relax at your leisure without the children’s screams and fuss.
It is known that due to the unique composition of the lake water bacteria can not survive in it, and mineral salts, with which saturated water “Blue Lagoon” remarkably revitalizes the entire body. His contribution to the improvement of the body is also made bathing seaweed and white clay in the bottom of the lake. First excellent nourish and rejuvenate the skin, and the second heals many skin diseases, which traditional methods to fight very hard.
White clay, by the way, many travelers used as an effective stimulator of fun, especially young children and teenagers: You will often find smeared her face and group photo on the beach. Includes white clay and sold here in the cosmetics. Thus, a series Blue Lagoon Skin Care has long been famous for its unique curative properties, therefore, there is a reason to bring your colleagues, friends and family a couple of bottles of this line as a convincing bonus to his own story about the hot tub in the “Blue Lagoon”. Another notable local detail – deftly maneuvering in hot water duck – a real decoration of the lake, which introduces an element into it the natural course of life.
The water level in the lagoon low – only 1.5-2 meters, but it is due to this high temperature stability is preserved even in bad weather. Curiously, but it is cloudy, it is recommended to visit the lake. This is due to the fact that in the heat to spend much time in the hot water is much more difficult, and if competently alternate bathing in hot water with air cooling can significantly prolong the pleasure.
The nearest town, where you can stay overnight, is Grindavik, but in the territory of a spa complex also has a hotel with 15 rooms. However, prices are not biting and promote relaxation: from 190 to 280 euros per night for a double room. If you want to put an extra bed, you can safely throw the top 80 more euros. Of course, there are pluses: breakfast and the entire set of services “Blue Lagoon” for hotel guests free of charge. But still, after such quotations somehow really want to meet with the town Grindavik, is not it?
In 2005, the “Blue Lagoon” was named the best spa facilities in the world. Recent changes in the appearance of the resort confirm the correctness of the choice of professionals. On its territory opens new dermatological clinic brought to perfection and without well-developed service, expanding cosmetic lines … Human Health – damn important joke, anyway, and if there is an opportunity to combine business with pleasure and write in their asset in the hot tub ” Blue Lagoon “, then you should definitely do it. Then you just make sure that Iceland – this is not only gloomy overcast sky clouds, dank cold, Bjork and Sigur Ros, it is also the best Scandinavian resort in the world.