The Blue Lagoon is set in a dark lava field and holds cloudy, sulfur-rich water. Descriptions of it range from ‘otherworldly’ to ‘a tourist trap’ (the latter due to raised prices and its number of visitors). Nonetheless, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives – the Blue Lagoon is a truly unique destination; one that should not be missed if you are in Iceland. Located in South West Iceland on the road between Keflavík and Grindavík, its water is heated by a geothermal plant called Svartsengi. It can easily be accessed by bus tours or hired vehicles.
Overall, the experience was one that I would not have missed for the world, despite the awkward naked pre-pool showers (which apply in all Icelandic swimming pools). If you have eczema as I do, I highly recommend that you access some of the silica mud stored in buckets around the lagoon. It is particularly soothing and makes for wonderful face masks.