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Pamper Yourself at the Blue Lagoon, One of Iceland’s Most Popular Attractions

Being one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, it’s no surprise that most travellers make the Blue Lagoon their first stop. This is largely due to the lagoon’s proximity to the airport; the Blue Lagoon is located a short 20-minute drive from Keflavik Airport and a 50-minute drive to the city of Reykjavik.

Read: Things to Do at Reykjavik, Iceland

Comprising a geothermal spa famous for its ethereal milky-blue waters, the Blue Lagoon paints a picture of pure indulgence for travellers. Remaining at 39 degrees celsius all year round, the waters of the lagoon offer a toasty respite during the wintertime.

The lagoon is not formed naturally, however; it’s powered by a geothermal power plant, which produces heat and power using the surrounding volcanic landscape. This results in the waters being rich in silica and minerals, which are said to do wonders for your skin. Due to a continual stream of water from the geothermal power plant, the waters in the lagoon are renewed every 48 hours, ensuring that the waters stay clean.

Think of the Blue Lagoon as a secluded escape from reality; just to get to the Lagoon, you’ll have to walk a few hundred metres from the carpark, along a path surrounded by natural lava formations.

Once you get to the door of the facility, you’ll realise that all the noise from the roads has melted away, serving as a prelude to the experience that awaits.

After taking a shower to cleanse yourself, you’ll swim out of the building through a pair of glass doors. Welcome to the Blue Lagoon!

Indulge in a languid soak or slowly paddle your way around the lagoon. The area is often shrouded in a thin film of mist, adding to the overall intrigue.

Each entry comes with a complimentary drink, which is available from the in-lagoon bar. Choose from juices, soft drinks or an ice-cold beer.

Help yourself to multiple silica mud masks from this kiosk located at one side of the lagoon.

Sunset is an especially enchanting time to be at the lagoon – watch as the waters glimmer and the last twinkling rays of sunlight disappear beyond the horizon.

At the end of the day, take a shower and have dinner at the Lava Restaurant or head back to Reykjavik feeling utterly rejuvenated and refreshed.

This exclusivity does come with a pretty hefty price-tag – from ISK6, 990 (~SGD68), the basic ‘Comfort’ package gives you entry to the lagoon, a silica mud mask, use of a towel and a drink of your choice. From ISK9, 900 (~SGD97), the ‘Premium’ package gives you all of the above, a second mask of choice, slippers, the use of a bathrobe, a table restaurant at the on-site Lava Restaurant and a glass of sparkling wine should you choose to dine at the restaurant. If you’re feeling especially indulgent, you can choose to splash out on the ‘Luxury: Retreat Spa’ package from ISK79, 000 (~SGD769), which will give you an additional four hours at their spa, inclusive of a private changing suite as well as unlimited access to the Blue Lagoon and Retreat Lagoon. I opted for the basic option and found it more than good enough.

A word of caution, however: the popularity of the Blue Lagoon has added to its touristy factor, resulting in large crowds during peak seasons. In some instances, you might even need to queue just to enter the facility. However, the Blue Lagoon does occupy a large area of 8, 700 square metres so don’t let this deter you from enjoying the experience! Otherwise, if you’re after a more intimate experience, Iceland is home to plenty of other local geothermal pools as well.

No matter which you choose to visit, there’s no better place to unwind and enjoy the wonders of Iceland. Pamper yourself, you deserve it!

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