Located 25 miles from Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon ("Blaa Lonid" in Icelandic) is without a doubt the country's most popular spot for relaxing. This aquamarine expanse of freshwater is actually an artificial lake fed by the discharge from a geothermal power plant which draws water with a temperature of 240°C from 124 miles below the earth's surface. The lunar landscape of lava and lichen fields that can be seen through a misty halo of smoke make the place well worth a visit. Both tourists and locals regularly come here to enjoy the splendidly hot water - between 36°C and 40°C - and also because the water is believed to cure eczema and psoriasis.
The turquoise blue colour of this lagoon is due to the presence of algae in its milky waters.© Fabio Cardano / 123RF
This veritable wellness centre also offers a sauna, a hot water bath, waterfalls and outdoor massages.© Arnaldur Halldorsson / age fotostock
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy bathing in 30 to 40°C water both day and night.© Constantin Stanciu / 123RF
The mineral salts, silicates and algae present in the water are capable of treating numerous skin ailments.© Sorin Colac / 123RF
Nestled at the heart of lava and lichen fields, the Blue Lagoon constitutes an artificial lake more than 200 metres long.© Stuart Westmorland