These days some of us cannot jet off to foreign lands, so armchair traveling must suffice. Although urban exploration is also a good option. I make quite a habit of armchair traveling. In fact I may or may not actually purchase travel books for places I will never ever go.
Today’s armchair journey is to Iceland, and the Blue Lagoon spa and resort. I’ve been lusting over this place for ages. It’s technically a clinic for people with skin disorders, because the natural seawater and the silica in the stone do something beneficial to skin. Or something. But anyone can stay there and I mean….. look at it….
On the website they describe it thusly:
The heart of Blue Lagoon’s operation is at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most unique and popular attraction. Guests enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin. A visit to the spa promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit, and enables one to soak away the stresses of modern life. The spa’s guests rekindle their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air.
I don’t give a damn about the wishy washy harmony of body and spirit stuff. I just want to go swimming in this thing.
See the rest behind the cut
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most visited sites with more than 400.000 visitors annually. The bathing lagoon is 5000 m2. At each time the lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal brine all of which is renewed in 40 hours. Blue Lagoon’s guests actually bathe between two continents as the Euro – Asian and American tectonic plates meet at the Blue Lagoon.
The geology nerd part of my brain finds that incredibly cool!
You don’t have to be a geology nerd or a clinic patient to stay there though:
The Clinic Hotel features 15 modernly designed, bright and spacious twin rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower and a veranda overlooking moss covered lava fields and an untouched natural landscape.
The origin of the seawater is from 2000 meters beneath the surface. In its travels through porous lava, a blend of sea and fresh water undergoes mineral exchange and then near the surface, concentration occurs, due to vaporization, evaporation and finally, sedimentation.
The lagoon at the Blue Lagoon holds six million liters of water, all of which is renewed in 40 hours. The water’s temperature is 37-39°C. The geothermal seawater’s special ecosystem has a self-cleansing effect. Regular sampling shows that “common” bacteria do not thrive in this ecosystem. Thus additional cleansers such as chlorine are not needed. Its unique active ingredients: Minerals, silica and algae have been praised for their benefits on healthy skin and on skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. The aquamarine blue color is the result of these active ingredients: minerals, silica and algae.
The craziest part is how inexpensive it seems to be. I mean, flying to Iceland isn’t exactly cheap, but seriously, look at the prices for a room.
October – April
May and September
June – August
|Single room||EUR 110||EUR 140||EUR 180|
|Double room||EUR 140||EUR 180||EUR 240|
Puffin, I think this should be our next vacation spot. I feel that you, especially, would be quite at home here. I mean, look at you. OK, yes, technically this is from Alaska, but I still think we would both enjoy the Blue Lagoon greatly.