Retreat to luxury lagoon
The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa best known for its healing properties, offers a thoroughly enjoyable experience
BASKING IN soothing, warm water with plumes of steam rising up into a cloudless sky, it’s bliss to luxuriate in the healing power of the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland.
From trendy inner-city sanctuaries to holistic rural retreats, I have had more than my fair share of pampering. But nowhere has been like this.
Located about 15 minutes’ drive from Keflavik airport, the Blue Lagoon spa is situated amid miles of black lava fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Not a blade of grass or any evidence of wildlife can be seen on the approach to the lagoon – the only signs of activity are the silent streams of steam punctuating the rugged landscape.
The entrance to the spa is hidden in the volcanic rock; after being deposited outside the door, I catch my first glimpse of the amazing hue of the geothermal waters.
If it is possible to be both milky white and turquoise blue, then this is the exact shade of the pools, in sharp contrast with the surrounding black rock.
At reception, I am greeted by a team of efficient staff and provided with towels, robes and various wristbands which I am instructed to hand over in exchange for treatments, drinks and face packs.
Following the other newcomers, I go to the changing area, put on my swimsuit and head out into the lagoon. I am not disappointed by the sight awaiting me.
The iridescent water laps gently against the jagged rock formations surrounding the pool. There are about 100 heads bobbing about in the water, but there’s plenty of space.
I put a tentative foot into the water and find that despite the cool Icelandic air, the water is deliciously warm. The ground underfoot is uneven in places and I carry on until the water reaches my waist, then hunker down to ensure my shoulders are covered.
The Blue Lagoon has been voted the world’s best medicinal spa for the healing properties in the water.
This mineral-rich water is renowned for helping to restore healthy skin particularly for people with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
I have suffered from psoriasis for a number of years and have given up on conventional medicine as nothing really seems to make a difference.
On a short visit, like mine, you don’t get the full benefit of a healing programme, but I am still anxious to see if it makes any difference.