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“Experiencing the Blue Lagoon”
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Blue Lagoon
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Blue Lagoon Spa with Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Grindavik
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Owner description: This geothermal lagoon has a comfortable temperature averaging 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40C) with mineral-rich waters rumored to have curative powers.
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“Experiencing the Blue Lagoon”
Reviewed December 16, 2010

I was in Iceland in October this year. My initial travel was planned with two attractions in mind: The Northern Lights (Aurora) and the Blue Lagoon. I succeeded in visiting only one and then many others, but not the Northern Lights. The season was not right, so I was told. The Blue Lagoon, known in Icelandic as "Bláa Lónið", is a geothermal spa, one of the most visited attractions of Iceland. The steamy, blue waters are part of a lava formation from thousands of years back. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. It took us a good 30 minutes to drive from Reykjavik to the Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is fed by the water output from a nearby geothermal power plant. The rather hot, well heated 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 hot water heating system. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. We did use some of the white mineral to have a facial workout, fortunately for me there were about 5 Travbuddies with underwater cameras, so I have evidence of me looking like an alien from outer space. It was quite an experience to remember and cherish.

With the wind picking up by the minute, it was incredibly cold as we dashed through the heavy doors from the cafe area into the pool waters. Relief comes over you once the warm waters cover your body, the blue color of the water is so attractive. Initially I thought the water was free flowing like in a lake, but it is controlled in an enclave of sorts. The surround management building and plant create an enclosure around the waters, but not a good shield against the chilling winds blowing over.

The entrance fee is Isk 1400,- for Adults (approximately 16 euros) but you can stay as long as you like. The showers have shower gel and conditioner provided and you should definitely use the conditioner to protect your hair from the water. All in all it is money well spent if you happen to be in Iceland. Iceland in general is an expensive country, so make sure you have planned your trip, otherwise you will not enjoy it as much.
Highly recommended for families, friends, single travelers and all.

Thank Africancrab
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Toronto, Canada
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“A Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed December 16, 2010

I've been to the Blue Lagoon twice, both times I visited right before I was getting on the plane to return home....what a great way to end a vacation. I really don't understand the reviews that are saying the water is not blue....maybe they're colour blind? The outside of the lagoon is surrounded by beautiful blue pools that wind through black volcanic rocks. The lagoon itself is lighter in colour, more of a milky blue/grey because of the silica mud. I found it very relaxing, and the facials with the mud around the pool were spectacular.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Blue Lagoon Iceland - surreal in Winter”
Reviewed December 11, 2010

This trip fulfils all expectations and must be done in Winter, when it is well below freezing and yet you are floating dreamily upon hot turquoise water!
Water/air temperature differential is so great it creates lovely steam, so giving a wonderful surreal atmosphere with disembodied heads appearing out of nowhere!
Truly relaxing - superb,

11 Thank ElwynRM
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Expensive, but worth doing!”
Reviewed December 10, 2010

We visited the Blue Lagoon at the end of our trip to Iceland. It was pretty expensive compared to other hot pools in the country, but the place is really well done and very clean. The landscape is amazing. My hair turned to straw for a few days afterwards though, so take a good conditioner! I would definitely visit here again.

2 Thank QueenHee
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“Not Blue and not a Lagoon. Do Not Go.”
Reviewed December 9, 2010

It is not blue but, rather, milky, and it is definitely not a lagoon - more like a hole dug in waste, to be more specific, in the black and dead lava fields. Its floor is unpleasantly soft, in other words, muddy like in a chocking pond, and the ponds stinks. The stench comes from a combination of minerals allegedly very good for your skin. Obviously, your skin is highly unlikely to benefit from one or even two visits, and as for the smell, it's rotten eggs with a whiff of September skunk. Did I mention the "lagoon" is man-made? Its success with tourists originates in a very clever PR campaign; the latter of considerable interest to business schools, no doubt. If you go, it will cost you at least $60 per person.

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