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Blue Lagoon : Iceland

In 1977 the Icelandic government turned on the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station, which would produce 76.5 megawatts of energy and more than 450 litres of 90 °C (194 °F) hot water every second. Little did they know that surplus water rich in silica and sulphur would find its way into a nearby lava carved basin over one million years old. The basin would become a lagoon of 4 million litres of milky blue water almost a square mile in size and boasting almost miraculous healing properties. Welcome to the Blue Lagoon…

Today the Blue Lagoon Clinic & Spa Hotel has been built on the site of the Blue Lagoon and is surprisingly affordable (comparatively speaking). A standard room costs between 140 to 200 Euros a night. More so the Hotel is surprisingly close to Iceland’s largest city Reykjavík, and only a 20 minute drive from the airport.

Heated by the simmering waters of the nearby Geothermal Power Station the waters of the Blue Lagoon are never seasonally closed and never get cold, despite Iceland’s −10 °C (14 °F) winter temperatures.

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