Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Unveils A Cool New Luxury Hotel

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On dreary days, it is easy to lose yourself in daydreams about the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Soaking in silica-rich mineral water that is heated by underlying magmatic chambers sounds like the perfect thing to do in order to unwind after an international flight into Keflavík, right?

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There are a number of visitors who agree, hence the success of the Blue Lagoon day spa and surrounding attractions on the Reykjanes peninsula. The drive to the lagoon is magical enough; moss covered lava flows stretch in all directions while jagged basaltic uplift events and volcanic craters dot the landscape, having lain dormant for hundreds of years. But wait — is that a factory in the distance? Why build a factory right next to the untouched serenity of the Blue Lagoon?

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Well, it isn’t so untouched. The peninsula is situated above the continental fissure swarm; essentially, it is the divide between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Because of this, Iceland gathers much of its geothermal energy from the volcanic system beneath Reykjanes, and one of the biggest geothermal power plants on the island is the Svartsengi (Black Meadow, in English) power plant.

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Boreholes reach kilometers into the subsurface to retrieve superheated, mineral rich water which is then cooled and treated for public use. Production and re-injection wells allow Icelanders to sustainably (at least in the short-term) use the resources that come naturally, and as it turns out, unused hot water from Svartsengi is what feeds the Blue Lagoon for the enjoyment of anybody who is stopping by!

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So, it isn’t wastewater in a dirty, gritty kind of sense. It is simply a geothermal resource that wasn’t streamlined into pipes for use in private residences, and it is clean. In fact, it self cleans every 40 hours, and it if you bathe long enough and wander around a bit in the water, you can feel hot currents running through to bring renewed natural geothermal seawater back into the system. It’s a neat thing to experience!

If you love it so much that you want to stay even longer than an afternoon, you will be able to do so this coming fall. The lagoon itself expanded in 2016 by fifty percent, probably in an effort to accommodate Iceland’s remarkable tourism boom. Now, to continue that accommodation, the Lava Cove (a new area of the geothermal pool) and the Moss Hotel are due to open by autumn!

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The Blue Lagoon crew seems dedicated enough to wellness and the health benefits that come from bathing in geothermal waters, true to Iceland’s pure bathing culture, but they have also successfully tapped into the market of visitors who also enjoy the finer, fancier things in life.

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With a new, chic design and wide-open windows that provide views of the cyan lagoon waters and chartreuse lava mosses of Reykjanes, the Moss Hotel will provide a secretive, tucked-away vibe in the midst of one of Iceland’s favorite tourist stops. Marketing a balance between tourism and serenity has already marked the new expansion for success.

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Balance is, after all, what sustains Iceland.

What are your thoughts on the new areas at the Blue Lagoon?

Caroline Lupini
In 2011, with a four-week trip around Europe, Caroline became a true road warrior. Caroline likes to mix roughing it and luxury on her travels, sometimes staying in five-star hotels and other times in hostels. Her mantra: splurge…
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