We travelled to Iceland on 11th to 14th September 2010 and we were torn between touring the far side of the island or going to the Blue Lagoon, we chose the Blue Lagoon and were we pleased we did!
Firstly, no matter what the weather is like, dont let this put you off. When we got there it was like a Novembers day in England, freezing cold, blowing a gale, foggy and torrential driving rain. Once you're in the water you really dont notice the weather.
We went there with Go Tour Iceland, the cost of the bus was 6,000KR (32.48) and the entrance fee was 9,000KR (48.70) this was for two adults. You can get a bus to the Blue Lagoon which will be less expensive.
The lagoon itself is a pool of seawater naturally heated by the geothermal activity below the surface. It sits in the middle of a lava field, and the water rises up through holes in the muddy bottom, so you can lounge around here with warm mud oozing between your toes in temperatures of 36-19C / 97-102F all year round. The lagoon filled up next to the adjacent Swartsengi power station after the construction of the latter in the 1970's. People started to bath here, and patients with skin complaints reported significant improvement, so official public bathing facilities were opened in 1987. An outpatients clinic for psoriasis patients was added later. The water contains a mixture of salts, silica and blue green algae, which cleanses the skin and relaxes the body (bet you nod off on the bus home).
The facilites have been greatly improved and expanded over recent years, with a new visitors reception and restaurant. There's also a cafeteria with sandwiches, snacks and drinks at prices you would pay anywhere else in Iceland, plus a modern shower block. You are now barely aware of the adjacent power station. Two saunas, a small waterfall and a steam bath (which was closed when we were there) have been built alongside the lagoon, and for an extra fee you can have a massage and be rubbed with some of the Blue Lagoon products. Wallowing about for an hour or two in the hot water should leave you feeling fantastic - and you can spead as much mud over your body as you like for free. Watch out for hotspots in the water, which can be a bit too hot, you do come across them gradually and are then able to move away. Take care going down the steps in the lagoon, as they can be slippery and you could have a hard landing on the rocks lurking in the mud under the water. If you are in the lagoon at the end of the day you can watch the sun set while you soak away lifes strains. Bathing suits, towel and bath robes are also available to hire at reception. There is a bar set in the water on one side of the lagoon, its a surreal feeling bobbing about in the hot water in the fog surrounded by volcanic hills swigging a beer, now thats one to remember!!! You are charged via a chip in your wristband, which also opens your locker (quite ingenious).
To sum up, its one of the best places we've ever been and was worth every penny / krona
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