Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes Peninsula – Iceland

Unless arriving by boat most people visiting Iceland fly in and touch down at Keflavik, 70km southwest of the capital Reykjavik. Keflavik is right on the edge of the Reykjanes Peninsula, a rugged, mountainous landscape. From the air, flying in, the landscape looks dark and gloomy with not much joy, but this place is home to a lake that shines like a large sapphire. The Blue Lagoon.

Iceland is known to be a harsh place, home to Ice and Fire and with good reason. Their is Geothermal activity everywhere caused from the lava to the explosive geysers. This activity means the Blue Lagoon, a Large area of mineral rich seawater, is a comfortable temperature of 36-39 °C (97-102°F).

The are is privately owned has been turned in to a Spa. The mineral rich water is said to benefit the skin in many ways. In particular is said to be very good for people suffering with Psoriasis. In addition to relaxing in the naturally heated lagoon, guests of the spa can relax in the saunas which overlook the lagoon or stand beneath the waterfall for an aqua massage. After you have dried off you can visit the cafe or restaurant.

The Lagoon is open all year round although the landscape around the area can change dramatically, being lush green in summer and brilliant white in winter. To get there you can get a bus from both Keflavik or Reykjanes and many tour operators also offer transport to the area.

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