Easily the most photographed site in all of Iceland, The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the
most supernatural looking body of water on Earth. Descriptions of its waters range
everywhere from the same color as the new Gatorade drink to frosty
blue. Though the latter term may sound good, the water in the lagoon is anything but
frosty. The temperature in the swimmable area averages
about 40C (104F), and the soothing, mineral-rich water is rumored
to have curative powers.
Though the lagoon looks like something born from Icelands otherworldly
landscape, it is actually man made. It was created by run-off from
the Svartsengi power plant, which
pumps up the geothermally heated water from a full mile below the
surface. After being used to generate both heat and electricity,
the excess (which is absolutely clean) is
ejected into the lagoon.
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