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Blue Lagoon

Listed under Spas and Spa Resorts in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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You won't believe you are still on earth when you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. People daubed in silica-mud, the rising towers of the nearby geothermal power plant and the rolling clouds of steam give the illusion of another world entirely!

Here's the science part: the seawater originates two thousand metres below the ground, where it is heated by earth's natural sources; at this depth it's a toasty 240oC while the pressure is thirty-six times the pressure found on the surface. The geothermal seawater comes into contact with cooling magmatic intrusions and captures the earth's minerals, resulting in the unique natural source known for its healing power – hey presto – hot mineral water.

The Blue Lagoon is obviously an ideal place for natural spa treatment! Massages can take place both inside the resort and in the lagoon itself and out in the fresh Icelandic air. Floating in the mineral-rich water, near to the lagoon's beautiful environment is a particularly unique route to relaxation.

Written by  John Johnston.

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“Iceland's most famous attraction?”

Upon paying a 35 Euro ($45) entrance fee, you’re given a towel, and plastic bracelet which is used to control the lockers, and track your food and drink tab. The men’s locker room was clean, and well-designed. There were shower stalls b… Read more...

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“Instant weekend: Reykjavik”

By Sveinn Birkir Bjornsson for The Observer. First published Sunday October 26, 2008. Reykjavik's myriad attractions as a city-break destination - vibrant culture, energetic nightlife, stunning scenery - have always been offset by the fact that it was … Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Observer, 26th Ocotber 2008

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Blue Lagoon

Set amongst the beauty of Iceland’s black lava rock formations, the Blue Lagoon is a unique and magical experience. This 40_C lake is not actually a natural mineral hot spring but an artificial lake perpetually filled by the outflow from the nearby geothermal (clean) power station that creates power from the natural hot springs. Whatever the weather (cold is probable), this silica rich lake is known as a fantastic therapeutic bath. It is traditional to use the silica and other minerals found at the bottom as a mudpack. Blue due to the algae within, it is ten minutes from the airport, with its own warm waterfall. A psoriasis treatment centre is nearby, also with hydrotherapy and massage spa.

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