“And here, there’s a valley”, or so they thought. But no, when this area to the south of Reykjavík was discovered in the 1970s, they found that in these black volcanic lands a lagoon with blue waters was hidden. Since then the same feeling of surprise has been felt by the tourists who travel to Iceland to enjoy, as the advertising slogan says, this “oasis of relaxation”. We’re talking about Blaa Lonio in Icelandic, the Blue Lagoon. The name sounds like something from a film, but it’s one of the biggest attractions of this country despite only being in existence for 50 years.
The Blue Lagoon is in fact an artificial lake that was made by using the waters of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant. Thanks to its poor drainage system, today this spa with thermal waters exists on the Reykjanes peninsular, just 47 kilometres from Reykjavik. Its waters, which are rich in silica and sulphur, have healing properties for the skin.
The Blue Lagoon is in fact an artificial lake that was made by using the waters of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant.
Identifying Blaa Lonio is easy due to its turquoise blue colour and the white vapour that is produced by the contrast between the water’s temperature and that of the cold lava in the countryside that surrounds it. The bathing area concentrates six million litres of water at an average temperature of 40 degrees centigrade into 350 square metres. Once you submerge yourself there, you’ll never want to come out. The thermal experience is completed by improvised mud masks that are rich in silica, a Swedish shower under the torrents of a waterfall or by simply floating and relaxing in its healthy waters.
A spa has been built next to the lagoon, which offers in-water massages, a sauna, and spa and beauty treatments featuring natural products made by using water from the lagoon. The centre also has a research laboratory that carries out research into the properties and applications of thermal water, especially in the field of anti-ageing, but also for skin conditions such as psoriasis.
If your bath makes you hungry, the Lava Restaurant completes the range of services available to visitors. Built on a lava promontory with views of the lagoon, it serves Icelandic cuisine for both lunches and dinners. You can also have a drink inside the lagoon, as if you were in the Caribbean. Who said that geothermal waters don’t go with a glass of wine? It makes for complete relaxation!