While Iceland is a holiday packed with excitement and adventure it has a world famous retreat hidden in a lava field just outside of the capital city Reykjavik. This trip is your chance to connect with nature and rediscover the beauty of the world around you while discovering everything the country has to offer, and if you have read my previous blog ‘Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice‘ I touched lightly on some of the amazing sights we seen. If you are considering booking a trip to Iceland I very highly recommend keeping an entire day free to spend at the Blue Lagoon relaxing, unwinding and rejuvenating. As you may know Iceland is famous for its geological activity and natural wonders but I would like to dedicate this post to the man-made geothermal pool and how I left at the end of the day feeling like a new person.
The tour company Reykjavik Excursions offers a shuttle bus that can pick you up outside your hotel and take you back again at the end of your visit. This can all be arranged when you organise and book your visit on the Blue Lagoon website. Travel time takes roughly one hour from the Reykjavik Excursions bus terminal and pick up from the hotels begin up to 30 minutes before then so make sure you give yourself plenty of time and be outside your hotel waiting rather than risk missing the bus.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in a lava field in Grindavik. The water used in the lagoon pools is supplied by a nearby geothermal power station which also provides hot water to more than 21,000 households in the nearby area. The Lagoon is man-made and construction began in 1976 after the power plant. The water provided to the facility is sourced from underneath the ground and pushed up by the heat of the water. After opening to the public the benefits of bathing in mineral rich water was quickly discovered and a skin specialist clinic opened within the facility to treat psoriasis patients.
Today the Blue Lagoon has recently undergone reconstruction and is more popular than ever. The surge in popularity is due to the steady increase in tourism Iceland has experienced in recent years and the use of social media – who doesn’t want a photograph bathing in the Blue Lagoon when temperatures outside the water is an unsettling -4 Degrees Celsius (24 Fahrenheit.)
The Blue Lagoon is constantly monitored and maintains a comfortable temperature between 38 – 40 Degrees Celsius (100 – 104 Fahrenheit) year round. The hot temperature can naturally help improve the skin and as I mentioned above the water supplied is sourced from beneath the ground and is pushed up due to the heat. While the water is travelling up it dissolves the surrounding rock and the leftover material surfaces – this results in water that has a mineral rich content and amazing skin benefits.
The temperature of the geothermal water will naturally open up your pores and allow them to de-clog and remove any impurities, such as skin oil and build up of make up and environmental pollutants, while allowing the skin to absorb the bacteria-fighting minerals. A second bonus is the acidity in the water can act as a natural toner which is nothing short of a bonus.
Bathing in hot spring water has been found to increase the production of collagen and tighten the elastin within the second layer of the skin. Other minerals within the water (calcium and magnesium to name a few) are essential for the body and quickly absorbed to help improve our complexion.
As geothermal water cools it saturates and becomes a white mud – introducing the silica mud mask which is free for all guests to use at the Blue Lagoon. This has incredible natural anti-ageing properties that can firm the skin, reduce the visibility of pores and offer a healthy glowing complexion. It also proves to be very effective against rashes, dermatitis and psoriasis.
I feel I have mentioned the temperature of the water a little too often but it does have truly amazing benefits. The sudden exposure to the heat causes the body to focus on just that – naturally the nervous system will reduce in sensitivity and heat becomes a form of therapy for arthritis suffers and any form of muscle pain.
Another theme from my previous blog post: sulphur. This is another mineral commonly found in hot springs and can help treat respiratory problems such as asthma and clear excess mucus from your lungs.
Without going into too much science and how the body works – while it absorbs minerals such as calcium and sodium it increases the flow of oxygen through our body, which will increase blood flow. This helps keep your body fit and strong.
Regular dips into hot springs are highly recommended and after discovering all of the amazing health benefits not to mention the wonders it does for your skin and complexion you do not need to tell me twice. I can not wait to return to the Blue Lagoon in the near future. Let me know what you think in the comments below.