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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 . Many consider the mineral-rich lagoon to be a natural phenomenon , but it is actually man - made . The water in the lagoon is run-off from a nearby geothermal power plant that

Is the Blue Lagoon natural or man - made ? How long do you need to spend at the Blue Lagoon ? So natural or not, there' s a reason the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland ' s top attractions . Sign up here to get INSIDER' s favorite stories straight to your inbox.

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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 . Beautiful, yes, but not a natural phenomenon . The Blue Lagoon is the most popular attraction in Iceland . Many consider the mineral-rich waters to be a natural wonder

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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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Iceland ' s Blue Lagoon is one of its most popular sites. But is it worth a visit? Iceland has nicely solved that problem by planting the Blue Lagoon right next to the airport and arranging shuttle buses that We were so enthralled by the famous mineral-rich, sky-hued water, plunked seemingly in the

An experience in the Blue Lagoon is always beautiful; it has milky blue water and is surrounded by lava, making the place enchanting and mysterious. For years the Blue Lagoon has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland . It is situated on Reykjanes peninsula, close to Keflavík

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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The famous Blue Lagoon is definitely the most iconic tourist attraction in Iceland . It is no wonder this gloriously enchanting place is on the top of the bucket list of travellers visiting Iceland . Contrary to popular belief, the Blue Lagoon is not a naturally formed pool.

The Blue Lagoon is one of country’ s most popular attractions , and roughly 80 percent of tourists to Iceland make their way here at some point. Most public pools make you shower before you enter the water, and the Blue Lagoon is no exception. The notable difference?

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