I had a chance to soak in one of Iceland’s famous attractions, the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days.
Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in. The water is rich in minerals such as sulphur and silica which is said that you will look 10 years younger when you soak in it!
The fee to enter the pool is 40 Euro. We did not bring a bath towel and had to rent it for 5 Euros. If you were to bring in your own, you could save that extra money.
Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower before and after bathing in the blue lagoon.
You will notice some people seem to have a layer of white mask over their face. This is silica mud, naturally taken the Blue Lagoon. We found two buckets of these provided at the left hand corner of the lagoon and started applying over our arms and face for 5-10 mins. I believe you can purchase bottles of these at the Blue Lagoon Store at the entrance when you come in.
After soaking in there for an hour, my skin felt more taut and smoother. It was a really good experience!
As for those who do not wish to soak in the Blue Lagoon, you can pay an entrance ticket to come in and walk around the lagoon.
This is a must visit the next time you visit Iceland!