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Blue Lagoon

240 GrindavĂ­k | Official website
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  • Type: Natural Wonders, Spas
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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About 30 miles from Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions. This geothermal mineral spa gives off an almost otherworldly look; according to Frommer's, it receives somewhere around 360,000 annual visitors. For a little perspective, that's about 20 percent more than the country's entire population.

When you arrive you're given a locker key, in which you can deposit your valuables and superfluous clothing. Next, you can help yourself to the buckets of silica mud, which is said to condition and exfoliate the skin. And then you can hop into the about 100-degree (in Fahrenheit) lagoon to soak. Spa treatments cost extra. One TripAdvisor user says the Blue Lagoon was "well worth the steep price!" Another describes it as "magical."

In the summer, Blue Lagoon is open from about 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; the rest of the year, it's open abbreviated hours. The basic admittance fee costs the equivalent of about $40 USD. For more information, visit the official website

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