Even though it’s man-made, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. It’s so popular that there are direct shuttles to and from the airport so you can make that your first or last stop in the country.
Located in a lava field, the Blue Lagoon is absolutely visually stunning. The luminous blue water is rich in silica, algae and minerals and bathing in the lagoon can help relieve minor skin ailments. The steamy water remains at 98-104F (37-40C) year-round and is pumped in from a nearby geothermal power plant. Aside from a dip, there are also saunas, steams, waterfalls, and even buckets full of silica mud that you can apply to your face and body for a full body treatment.
The only negative feedback is that the Blue Lagoon smells like hard-boiled eggs due to the high sulfur content and the odor lingers on your body for a few hours. But soaking in the nicest bath water amongst an otherworldly landscape is truly a sublime experience and a great trade off for the smell.
Images via Wikipedia and Sushi Sazuki.
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