REYKJAVIK -- The Blue Lagoon already was a popular attraction
because of its soothing warm waters in a unique outdoor location,
but now it is also more beautiful and service-oriented.
The lagoon was recently relocated, and new facilities have
opened to enhance both form and function.
The original lagoon formed on the Reykjanes peninsula as a
by-product of a geothermal water-heating facility. The warm water
is harnessed from deep underground and is condensed into
mineral-rich water and silica deposits.
People who bathed in the lagoon found it to be both fun and
invigorating, so a facility opened in 1987 to accommodate visitors
with the geothermal plan as the backdrop.
Since then, scientific studies of the lagoon's effects revealed its
waters had healing properties for skin ailments, which helped
increase the lagoon's popularity. Visitor numbers and needs
exceeded the capabilities of the facility, so in 1997, plans were
set to build a new facility.
The new Blue Lagoon opened in July about a mile away from and
out of view of the steam plant. The site was designed to blend in
with the surroundings and serve almost three times as many guests
as the original.
Guests walk from the parking lot through a 660-foot walkway
bordered by lava walls. The main facility is an inspired structure
of glass panes, lava bricks and wood accents. A natural lava wall
supports one side of the building, while the other side is a glass
wall overlooking the lagoon.
The main level houses a gift shop; the Winter Garden restaurant,
which seats up to 350 patrons; a bistro, and changing facilities
for up to 900 guests. The upper level provides conference
facilities for up to 100 people.
The changing area provides lockers, benches, showers and a bit
more privacy than the old facility. Bathers also can enter the
lagoon from inside the changing area.
The lagoon itself has a smoother bottom and a more even
temperature than the original (about 104 degrees Fahrenheit). The
depth reaches up to four feet, and benches line the inside of the
Black lava walls surround the lagoon for privacy and weather
protection, and there are separate areas for bathing activities.
Steam caves provide extra heat, coves provide privacy for applying
silicon mud, and there is a sandy beach area for those who just
want to dip their toes in. The facility also is fully handicapped
Further plans call for the development of a hotel and spa on
site in the next five years.
Three levels of admission prices are available: $8 for three
hours, $11 for up to six hours, and $14 for a full day. Children
and teenagers have discounted rates. Towels and even swimsuits are
available to rent for about $3.50 each.
Shuttle buses are available from the airport for those with
layovers and from Reykjavik.
Phone: (011) (354) 426-8800Facility markets skin-care items
Fax: (011) (354) 426-8888
REYKJAVIK -- For those who can't get enough of the Blue Lagoon's
benefits but can't stay eternally in Iceland, there is now a full
line of skin-care products.
The various lotions in the line were developed with the silica
and blue-green algae that give the lagoon its ability to relieve
such ailments as psoriasis and eczema. The lotions and cleansers
also are mild enough for regular skin types.
The Blue Lagoon product line includes a body scrub, a shower
gel, bath foam, moisturizing cream, intensive care cream, softening
oils, perfumed moisturizer, dandruff shampoo, silica mud, bath
salts and a geoactive mister.
Brochures are available, and the products can be ordered from
the U.S. by contacting the Blue Lagoon through the Internet, fax or
There is a minimum order requirement of $25. Item costs range
from $10 to $18 each and are payable with credit cards.
Phone: (011) 354 420-8800
Fax: (011) 354 420-8801