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.com

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Iceland ' s famous Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon — here ' s the wild story behind the man - made attraction . Of those 1.8 million annual tourists, the Blue Lagoon sees about 700,000, making it Iceland ' s top attraction .

Iceland ' s famous Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon — here ' s the story behind the man - made attraction . Sophie-Claire Hoeller, INSIDER. Nov 14, 2017, 6:35 PM ET.

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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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Iceland ' s famous Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon — here ' s the story behind the man - made attraction . Many consider the mineral-rich waters to be a natural wonder, but they are actually man - made .

Almost every tourist who visits Iceland visits the Blue Lagoon . This is a stunning statistic and I’m almost positive no attraction in the world can lay claim to a similar market share of visiting tourists. To learn how this has come to be and why the Blue Lagoon isn’t really a natural phenomenon

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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8. Relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa The Blue Lagoon holds the privilege of being Iceland ’ s most famous spa, perhaps because of its close 5. Enjoy Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon In a country made up of countless beautiful and awe-inspiring natural attractions , it might seem hard to pick out just one that

Is the Blue Lagoon natural or man - made ? How long do you need to spend at the Blue Lagoon ? The water in the Blue Lagoon completely renews itself every 48 hours. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland ' s most popular attractions , and it' s not hard to see why!

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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14 Cool Tattoos With a Whole Story Behind Them. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular places in Iceland . The best way to see this unique natural phenomenon is to visit the country during the cold winter months — from mid-September to mid-April.

Here you see a photograph shot by the fantastical Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in South Iceland Find Blue Lagoon Tours here If the Blue Lagoon is out of your budget, there are always other Those who have experienced one of Iceland ' s greatest natural attractions , the Northern Lights, know all

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