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Le Blue Lagoon Iceland
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Le Blue Lagoon

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.

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Le Blue Lagoon

Le Blue Lagoon , The Blue Lagoon , Iceland
The Blue Lagoon

The turquoise blue colour of this lagoon is due to the presence of algae in its milky waters.

© Fabio Cardano / 123RF
Le Blue Lagoon , Massages at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland , Iceland
Massages at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

This veritable wellness centre also offers a sauna, a hot water bath, waterfalls and outdoor massages.

© Arnaldur Halldorsson / age fotostock
Le Blue Lagoon , Swimming in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland , Iceland
Swimming in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Locals and visitors alike can enjoy bathing in 30 to 40°C water both day and night.

© Constantin Stanciu / 123RF
Le Blue Lagoon , Treatments at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland , Iceland
Treatments at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The mineral salts, silicates and algae present in the water are capable of treating numerous skin ailments.

© Sorin Colac / 123RF
Le Blue Lagoon , The turquoise water of the Blue Lagoon , Iceland
The turquoise water of the Blue Lagoon

Nestled at the heart of lava and lichen fields, the Blue Lagoon constitutes an artificial lake more than 200 metres long.

© Stuart Westmorland
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