WHAT IS BLUE LAGOON WATER?
In 2012, the Blue Lagoon was named a wonder of the world by National Geographic. The honor was for the profoundly transformative powers of the lagoon’s iconic water, which is called ‘a geothermal gift.’ Rich in microalgae, silica, and minerals, this phenomenal natural resource is found nowhere else on earth. It is a bioactive marvel possessing a formidable array of benefits for the mind, body, and skin.
Originating deep underground where freshwater and seawater converge in the searing heat and immense pressure of volcanic aquifers, Blue Lagoon Water begins life as geothermal seawater. Drawn to the surface through geothermal extraction wells from 2,000 meters below, this hybrid liquid is not yet bioactive.
The transformation from geothermal seawater to bioactive water occurs when the liquid is channeled into the primal environment of the Blue Lagoon. It is here that something extraordinary happens: the water comes into contact with the arctic climate and the powerful natural forces of the volcanic landscape, creating a unique ecosystem teeming with silica, minerals, and a novel species of blue-green microalgae. The vibrant alchemy of these elements turns geothermal seawater into a bioactive wonder.
Blue Lagoon Water is endowed with astonishing restorative powers. Across thirty years, this dynamic entity has brought health, healing and wellbeing to visitors from all over the world. With decades of research leading to patents for Blue Lagoon Microalgae and Silica, the water has also galvanized the development of Blue Lagoon Skincare. Today, Blue Lagoon Skincare encompasses three distinct product lines: Spa: for experiencing the skin-nourishing wonders of the Blue Lagoon at home. Dermatological: for clinical efficacy against chronic skin conditions, and BL+: for targeting signs of skin aging and optimizing skin health through high performance formulas born of cutting-edge biotechnology.
Whether bringing unforgettable memories to visitors at the Blue Lagoon, or youthful radiance to users of Blue Lagoon Skincare, Blue Lagoon Water is a potent, timeless, natural resource.
PLACES OF INTEREST NEARBY
A striking expanse of geothermal activity, Seltún is equipped with a boardwalk that leads you on a brief, surreal journey across fields of bubbling mud pools, steam vents, mineral deposits, and hot springs. Approximate distance from Blue Lagoon: 30 minutes
Brimketill A sublime pool of crystal clear seawater forged into the towering sea cliffs by the oceanic forces of nature, Brimketill is a unique, extraordinary vision. Standing on the viewing platform, visitors are often lashed by the unrelenting waves of the North Atlantic. The turbulent tide makes extreme caution absolutely necessary. Approximate distance from Blue Lagoon: 15 minutes
Northern Lights in Iceland: The Blue Lagoon is the perfect location to see the Northern Lights. The skies above Iceland are equally compelling. Summer has the Midnight Sun bringing near-endless bright skies, while from fall until spring it’s the Northern Lights. The peak of the Northern Lights viewing season is from September through March. However, the luminous lights – also known as the aurora – can be visible in the right conditions as early as mid-August, and as late as May.
To view the Northern Lights, you need darkness and partly clear skies. The presence of the capricious lights is dependent on solar activity. Auroras are caused by electrons that travel from the sun to the Earth on solar winds, and they are drawn to the magnetic fields found close to the North and South Poles. Once there, they mix with gases in the atmosphere, causing the gases to glow. The result is the mesmerizing light show. Solar flares (a giant explosion on the surface of the sun) can also cause the Northern Lights to appear.
At the Retreat Hotel and Silica Hotel at the Blue Lagoon, guests can request a Northern Lights wake-up call, to ensure they won’t miss the aurora action even if it occurs in the middle of the night.