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The Blue Lagoon is an extremely popular geothermal spa and probably the best known tourist attraction in Iceland. Its waters are geothermally heated from the local powerplant, vented from the ground near a lava flow then powering turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system (for most of the greater Reykjavik area). Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in., and are also rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and a natural alga (giving the amazing blue shimmer), and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.

The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C at all times, despite a freezing blizzard blowing in my face at the time of my visit.

The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. It is situated approximately 13 km from the Keflavík International Airport and 39 km from the capital city of Reykjavík.

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  • Copyright: James Crompton (BigCrompy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 35 N: 54] (270)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2008-10-23
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposition: f/5.7, 1/200 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 20:33
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