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About 30 miles southwest of Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions. This geothermal mineral spa gives off an almost otherworldly look with azure-colored water and steam rising from its surface. The lagoon receives more than 700,000 annual visitors. For a little perspective, that's double the country's entire population.

When you arrive at the property, you're given a locker key, in which you can deposit your valuables and superfluous clothing. Next, you can shower and 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 lagoon to soak. Spa treatments cost extra.

Recent visitors described their time at Blue Lagoon as magical and well worth the steep price. To minimize your commute to or from the lagoon, travelers suggest visiting after landing at or before departing from Keflavik International Airport, which sits just 13 miles away.

Blue Lagoon's hours vary by season, but the property is generally open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. In addition to the attraction's lagoon, you'll find a hotel, restrooms, a gift shop and multiple restaurants, bars and cafes on-site. Ticket prices vary by type and booking date. Basic passes, which only include entry and a silica mud mask, start at 6,100 Icelandic króna ($59) but can cost as much as 8,000 Icelandic króna ($77) if few tickets are left. Each upgraded ticket costs up to 12,100 Icelandic króna ($117) but offers additional perks like a loaner bathrobe and towel, one drink and an algae mask. To get to Blue Lagoon, plan on driving and parking for free in the on-site lot or paying for bus service from operators like Gray Line Iceland and Reykjavik Excursions. Visit the attraction's website for more details.

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