Unlike the name, Iceland is not just one big ice sheet floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean like the name would imply. Nearly the entire country is full of green rolling hills, trees and other natural wonders. In fact, Iceland could just as easily be named “Fireland”.
Geologically speaking Iceland is very fiery, with active volcanoes and geysers all across the island. One of the main attractions for visitors to Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a world famous spa located within a lava field at Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Travelers who want to look it up on a map it is situated in southwestern Iceland.
The man-made Blue Lagoon is fed by the water output of the Svartsengi power plant and is renewed every two days. Super-heated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow. That super-heated water is used to run turbines that generate electricity at nearby power plant. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. After passing through the heat exchanger the steam re-condenses back into liquid form. Then the hot water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.
Strictly enforced rules for hygiene and age limits exist, so please check with the property prior to making reservations. Children under 2 years of age are not allowed to enter and Children under the age of 9 years old are only allowed entry with the use of armbands, which is provided free of charge.