The large, outdoor Blue Lagoon with its rising steamy clouds and lava-rock walls creates a bizarre aura.
Visitors fall into two categories:
The vast majority of visitors bathe in the water to relax and unwind - or to satisfy their curiosity - or for conversation-piece value.
Others come for health, wellness, and spa beauty treatments from the water's reputed curative powers. The site's best-known treatment is for the skin disease psoriasis.
Though the Blue Lagoon is an entertaining communal bathing activity, there is a side effect that the promotional brochures don't tell you:
Your unprotected hair can remain undesirably straw-like for days if you submerge your head in the mineral-rich water. Tips:
Before you enter the water
Conditioner is available free in the showers. Use it generously when taking the mandatory pre-pool shower.
While in the water
Don't swim or otherwise wet your head unless you have a water tight swimming cap.
After you leave the water
Free shampoo is also provided in the showers. Use it aggressively during your post-pool shower to rid your hair of the lagoon minerals. And don't forget to generously apply the conditioner.
Hand wash your bathing suit well while you are in the shower. Otherwise, the lagoon water minerals could possibly stiffen and stain your suit.
It didn't exist until the nearby geothermal power plant was constructed (see "Water source" on Page 3).
The Blue Lagoon lies 39 kilometers (24 miles) from Reykjavik and only 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the international airport.
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