The Blue Lagoon Iceland is one of the most visited attractions also known by its official name Salt Cay. It is natural geothermal water is rich in minerals, excellent to rejuvenate your body and soul. The Blue Lagoon is located near a geothermal power station called Svartsengi. The water in the Blue Lagoon Iceland is provided by the waste from the power plant.
The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower before bathing in the communal showers, which are split up by gender. Children under the age of 9 years old are only allowed entry with the use of armbands, provided free of charge. The lagoon is not suitable for children under the age of 2 years.
The Blue Lagoon is accessible for wheelchair users with a ramp that extends into the water and a shower chair. There is also a private changing room available for those with special needs, complete with a roll-in shower.
The Blue Lagoon is situated close to the world’s first renewable methanol plant, which uses Carbon Recycling International’s carbon dioxide to methanol fuel process.
History of the Blue Lagoon Iceland
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 its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.
In recent years, several cosmetics companies have begun marketing skin care products using mud purportedly extracted from the Blue Lagoon, their effectiveness still subject to debate.