Travel Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon — here's the crazy story behind the man-made attraction

04:50  15 november  2017
04:50  15 november  2017 Source:   MSN

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But that’ s not the only reason Iceland ’ s Blue Lagoon has become the leading attraction in the island-nation. The Lagoon is actually man - made : it’ s a retaining pond for “waste” water from the nearby geothermal power plant.

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  • The Blue Lagoon is the most popular attraction in Iceland.
  • Many consider the mineral-rich waters to be a natural wonder, but they are actually man-made.
  • The water in the lagoon is run-off from a nearby geothermal power plant that was built in 1974.

Iceland is so hot right now.

The island country is definitely having a moment — in fact, its population of about 332,000 is generally outnumbered by the 1.8 million tourists that visit annually.

Of those 1.8 million annual tourists, the Blue Lagoon sees about 700,000, making it Iceland's top attraction.

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On top of the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle, you will also see a stunning blue ice. You'll also spend an afternoon relaxing at the world- famous Blue Lagoon at the beginning or the end of Spend your day admiring Iceland ' s most visited natural attractions , aptly named the Golden Circle.

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Most people come to Iceland to see its stunning natural sites, like waterfalls, geysers, and glaciers, and most people think that the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon are one of those sites.

However, those people are wrong: the geothermal pool isn't actually a natural phenomenon.

Known as the "Land of Fire and Ice" due to its geological activity (hence the geysers, volcanoes, and lava fields), 25% of electricity used in Iceland is powered by geothermal energy.

To harness some of this geothermal energy, a local geothermal power company established the Svartsengí Geothermal Power Plant in 1974: a pool of steaming, milky blue water formed nearby as a byproduct. People started flocking to this mineral-rich pool, claiming it had healing powers, and by 1987 access became regulated and bathing facilities were built.

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The Blue lagoon is a man - made hot lake, which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed naturally every 40 hours. The geothermal water at the Blue Lagoon is famous for the natural abundance of silica, which is a mineral that is simply a combination

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To recap: the lagoon is made from a nearby geothermal power plant's discharge. The water, which is renewed every other day, is heated from a nearby lava flow, and used to run turbines that generate electricity for surrounding towns. Only then is it fed into the lagoon, becoming part of one of the world's most famous spas.

So while Iceland is full of natural hot springs, the Blue Lagoon isn't one of them. The pool didn't exist, but was merely the byproduct of a different commercial enterprise and only later became a bustling business.

That said, the around 100°F water is filled with minerals like silica and sulfur, which are said to be great for skin (though not so great for hair), and worth a visit.

So natural or not, there's a reason the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's top attractions.

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Here is what do you need to know when visiting the Blue Lagoon (updated for 2017). It’ s expensive (as it’ s Iceland ) but definitely affordable. Things to know about the Blue Lagoon . Blue Lagoon isn’t a natural phenomenon .

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