What makes the Blue Lagoon special? The Blue Lagoon is fantastic. The surrounding, unlike anywhere else on the earth, looks like a moon landscape. It is a very romantic place to see the Northern Lights and sunset. Get unique experience in a geothermal spa, bordered by a black lava landscape, and relax soaking and floating in the warm salt water. The lagoon depth varies from 0.8 m to 1.6 m. The lagoon contains 9 million liters of warm milky blue water with temperature about 37 C. The lagoon water is rich in minerals like silica, sulfur, etc. and algae - photosynthetic organisms. The silica concentration in water is about 140 mg/kg. The lagoon's water average pH is about 7.5 and its salt content 2.5%. The water is self-cleansing and renews itself every 40 hours. The Blue Lagoon has an unusual ecosystem. There is no alternative to the Blue lagoon. There are many hot springs in Iceland and worldwide. However, chemical compositions of their water and curative properties are not similar to the Blue Lagoon water.
Unique spa experience. The Blue Lagoon geothermal wellness spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Due to the high content of active components, the water in the Blue Lagoon has a health beneficial effect on the skin and the entire human body. The main components of spa treatment are silica mud and algae that strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function, prevent degradation of collagen, and stimulate the skin’s own collagen production. Blue Lagoon offers a complete spa experience - different type of massages, nourishing algae treatment, energizing & strengthening silica scrap & wrap treatments, and beauty spa.
Scientists from the Blue Lagoon research and development center have been providing studies on Blue lagoon therapeutic benefits and developing skin care products and treatments. Blue Lagoon skin care line has a complete range of face and body natural products which purify, protect and revitalize the skin, enhance radiance and prevent aging signs, treat a very dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.
Medical tourism is growing in Iceland. Thousand patients visited the psoriasis clinic to cure psoriasis and atopic dermatitis/eczema. The first study on the curative properties of water was done on 28 psoriasis patients in 1992 and indicated that bathing was a very good treatment for them. The patients bathed daily in the lagoon and rubbed silicon mud from the lagoon on their skin while bathing. The second study was conducted on 23 patients. The research has shown that patients bathing in the Blue Lagoon water and supported by UV light therapy treatment recovered much faster. Obviously, it was verified that this method is more effective for psoriasis treatment.
The beneficial effects and healing power of Blue Lagoon water and natural treatment of psoriasis were scientifically proven. Various studies, that were published, indicated significant improvement on skin disorders for even the most severe symptoms of psoriasis. Three weeks treatment at the Blue Lagoon is recommended. The patients have two choices – be treated at the psoriasis clinic or outpatient clinic. The treatment includes deep relaxation bathing in salt water, UV light therapy, and specific skin care products and is provided under the supervision of nurses and dermatologists.
The Blue Lagoon clinic is one of the leading treatment centers for psoriasis in the world. The clinic has facilities with a separate private treatment lagoon. The Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel provides 35 double rooms with verandas and it is a wonderful and private place to stay.
1. Ólafsson JH, Guðgeirsson J. The Blue Lagon and Psoriasis. A Comparative Study. 1991:1-5. Unpublished report. The University of Iceland, Department of Dermatology.
2. Ólafsson JH, Sigurgeirsson B, Pálsdóttir R. Psoriasis treatment: Bathing in a thermal lagoon combined with UVB, versus UVB-treatment only. Acta Derm-Venereol. (Stockh); IN PRESS.
3. Solveig K. Petursdottir, Snaedis H. Bjornsdottir, Gudmundur O. Hreggvidsson, Sigridur Hjorleifsdottir, Jakob K. Kristjansson. Analysis of the unique geothermal microbial ecosystem of the Blue Lagoon. First published online: 5 November 2009