During our last day in Iceland, we visited the Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa near Keflavik.
Most energy in Iceland is renewable due to its tectonic activity. The Blue Lagoon is actually filled by water from a neighboring geothermal power plant after powering electricity-producing turbines. The water is around 98-102 degrees Fahrenheit and has a blue tint from the strong presence of minerals such as silica and sulfur. These minerals are good for the skin and are believed to help skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
The spa is surrounded by the same, beautiful and rugged landscape that we saw through a good portion of southwest Iceland. The building is also beautiful and well-designed – it has a lounge, restaurant, cafe, shop, and skin care clinic. If you’re just there for the spa, as we were, you’ll be very pleased with friendly staff and the very nice showers/changing rooms.
If you have forgotten anything or didn’t plan to be swimming in Iceland, towels, bathing suits, and robes can be rented on-site.
Even though it is a bit of a tourist trap, this turned out to be our favorite spot on our trip to Iceland. It lived up to all the hype – we would highly recommend stopping in for a visit.
There are a few excursion companies that have bus service directly to the Lagoon. Both are reasonably priced (around 3200-3800 ISK) and run 4-5 times daily.
Disclaimer: We received two free robe rentals from Blue Lagoon after an exchange on Twitter.