|Health, the fun way.|
|Steam, water, lava. A winning combination.|
|The Blue Lagoon|
The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in. In 1976 a pool formed at the site from the waste water of the geothermal power plant that had just been built there. In 1981 people started bathing in it after the discovery of its healing powers for psoriasis. In 1992 the Blue Lagoon company was established and the bathing facility was opened for the public.(from Wikipedia)
|The power station next door. Not seen from the Blue Lagoon!|
|Come on in, the water's fine...|
|Everyone chillin' out.|
|A steamy day in mid-summer (Iceland-style)|
Icelanders will tell you that you'll never meet any locals at the Blue Lagoon, that it's a tourist-ripoff, and that there are dozens of other hot pools around Reykjavik to enjoy. But the lovely architecture of the centre, the professional service, the spa, the restaurants, the VIP Suite...you get what you pay for.
The facilities, including the LAVA restaurant (with a dramatic natural rock wall), the clinic and the spa were designed by Iceland architect Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir and the VA Arkiteks team.
|Even the buildings are soothing.|
|And for a touch of luxury, the VIP Suite!|