The Blue Lagoon — a spa for non-spa types

A spa would never normally be top on my to do list, but I’d heard interesting stories about the Blue Lagoon, and we were on a girls weekend….

Booked early on as a 40th birthday present for one of my friends on the trip, Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa was on the agenda for the second day.

Arriving to a bleak landscape and a few enormous cranes (constructing a new onsite hotel) it’s not what I would immediately associate with a luxury spa, but once inside the building itself is lovely, and friendly staff quickly got us sorted with entrance passes and towels. Changing and heading out, the enormous outdoor space is striking. All natural, hot, milky blue water with steam rising from it, contrasting with the surrounding black lava landscape.

The geothermal water comes from under 2000 metres below, where seawater and freshwater meet and combine at extreme temperatures. A geothermal power plant close by harnesses this powerful element via drilling holes to create electricity and hot water for residents. It comes out around 37–40°C. As it rises to the surface the water picks up silica, algae and minerals, apparently responsible for the silky smooth feeling of your skin after a trip here.

Staying under the water you soon forget the cold air, until you get out to use the steam cave or sauna.

Included in our comfort entry was the initial mud mask, and also a nourishing algae mask, leaving skin feeling silky smooth. Spa staff glided through the water with exfoliating mud masks.

The birthday girl had a floating water massage from a hefty looking, but gentle handed masseuse named Thor, and then we headed to the water bar for our drink. Choosing between Prosecco or the healthy option of fruit smoothie we glided through the water with drinks in hand.

I left with an experience that was just the right mix of feeling natural, yet luxurious.

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