Although it looks pretty much like something from another world – or at least from ancient times – the Blue Lagoon has only been in existence since the local power station was created. It’s the overspill; the by-product.

To be sure that I’ve got the details absolutely right. I’ve copied this from Wikipedia:

The water is a byproduct from the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi where superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity.

But the result is beautifully warm, milky water which is loaded with natural minerals and other goodies that are simply splendid for the skin. Plus of course, relaxing in warm water, enveloped in a misty haze, is the perfect de-stress solution.

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most visited attraction and it’s really easy to see why.

On the site, in addition to the relaxing pools, there are other facilities too – the restaurant, the café, a hotel and a mind-bogglingly expensive ‘retreat hotel’.

That being said, the Blue Lagoon isn’t a budget experience. However, various items are included in your price of admission (towel, a drink at the pool bar, a silica mud face mask and, if you go for the slightly more expensive option, slippers and a snuggly robe.

Incidentally, the Lava Restaurant accepts diners wearing their robes and slippers – a nice relaxing touch, I think.


The Blue Lagoon

Nordurljosavegur 9,
240 Grindavík,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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