Let nature do all the hard work, at the world’s favourite spa
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is a bucket list favourite – and with good reason. It is an iconic image: the hot steam rising from the turquoise lagoon, with Iceland’s snowy peaks rising in the background.
While you relax in the naturally warm geothermic waters (38C all year round), a waiter swims over with a tray of drinks. At night, if you’re lucky, you can see the Northern Lights twinkling in the sky above.
The Blue Lagoon Spa is a once in a lifetime experience, and if you’re going to do it once, you may as well do it right.
While the waters themselves are natural, the lagoon is kitted out with some world class spa facilities, including saunas and steam rooms that have been carved into the surrounding lava rock. A private lodge is available for small parties seeking the VIP treatment, and package deals include a gourmet meal at the waterside Lava Restaurant.
Image: Blue Lagoon Spa Facilities
If you’re in need of liquid refreshments, swim over to the Lagoon Bar and treat yourself to an ice cold cocktail or a beer. This being the Blue Lagoon Spa, the bar also sells an exclusive volcanic body scrub and algae face masks, which you can apply there and then before relaxing in the Icelandic sun.
Around the edges of the lagoon you will find crates of silica mud – this a white mud which is found at the bottom of the water and is packed densely with all the natural minerals from the water and rocks. Apply it to your face and body and leave it for at least five minutes before you wash it off. You will notice an immediate difference to your skin.
Image: Silica Mud Mask & In-Water Massage
If you want an even more luxurious experience, book an in-water massage with one of the spa’s resident therapists. The massages take place in a private area of the lagoon and feature essential oils, silica mud, salt scrubs and algae wraps. Your massage table floats in the warm water while your therapist works their magic – sheer bliss.
This is quite possibly the most popular spa in the world and the lagoon fills up quickly at peak times, so book your treatments and lagoon time ahead of time in order to avoid disappointment. If you want to keep that Blue Lagoon feeling going, stock up on the spa’s bespoke hair and skin products while you’re there. Or you could just move to Iceland.