When under stress or simply looking for a way to relax, urbanites often find that pampering themselves in some luxurious way is a great way to relieve that tension and stress of daily life. Some go for “shopping therapy” and make purchases that will uplift their spirits and others may choose to book some time at their favourite spa that could include manicures, pedicures, different massages to choose from, mud baths, facials and other kinds of skin care options. Head to toe, there is something for everyone.
Some spas boast having natural remedies, natural products – just all things natural, but nothing is more “natural” than bathing in a geothermal spa created by a lava formation of nearby volcanoes. Man may have built an establishment and a business around it, but the Blue Lagoon is a natural wonder, and to enjoy it, you have to make your way to Iceland.
About the Blue Lagoon
Like the greatness of penicillin was founded by accident and proven to be helpful for health issues, so was the Blue Lagoon founded and formed by accident in 1976. With a geothermal power plant in operation nearby, people began to bathe in the warm water pools located in the lava fields of Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula and found that the application of silica mud to their bodies somehow alleviated the issues they had with skin conditions like psoriasis. The mineral rich waters have become the most visited attraction of Iceland as the word of its healing properties draw believers and skeptics alike to try a dip in the average 37 to 39 degrees Celsius waters for themselves.
The Blue Lagoon is not just a relaxing hangout, but is also a place of research as many of the world’s top scientists work together to build knowledge in the area of biotechnology, dermatology and marine cosmetology.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon
When you visit the spa, you can choose to purchase a general entrance admission where you go for the basics and pay for additional add-ons like the use of a towel, bathrobe or slippers, to adding on a massage and other treatments or even a cocktail. But to truly experience the Blue Lagoon, it might be in your best interest to look into the package deals that are offered to help you attain the maximum value out of your visit. Choose one of the three “entrance packages” where items and services are combined in ways that give you a chance at savings (as opposed to buying single add-ons), and offer other amenities to make your visit an unforgettable experience. Some packages include such things as fruit platters, complimentary sparkling wine, 30-minute massages (or more depending on the package) and even a romantic dinner for couples if you choose the couples package. If you really want to maximize your experience, opt for the “exclusive lounge” package. If this is going to be an once-in-a-lifetime moment for you, why not go for the ultimate experience package?
The Blue lagoon is open all-year. Between Sept 1 and May 31 the Lagoon is open from 10:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. Hours are slightly different for the remaining months and vary around the Christmas holidays. Prices depend on the package you choose so it is best to check their website at http://www.bluelagoon.com/.
Other Blue Lagoon Experiences
At the Skin Care Shop you can find natural skin care products and since these were designed with the ingredients of the lagoon like the silica and the geothermal seawater, it is like taking the lagoon home with you. There is also a clinic there where you might be able to consult with professionals about psoriasis and treatments for it.
Last but not least you can also enjoy some great food and drink at the spa. With the Lava Restaurant, Lava Bar, the Blue Café and the Lagoon Bar, you can’t miss out on enjoying some delicious dishes and refreshing drinks to top off your spa experience.
*Image of Blue Lagoon, Iceland via Shutterstock