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Geothermal Seawater

A natural wonder of the volcanic earth

Origins

Two thousand meters within the earth, ocean water and freshwater converge in a tectonic realm of searing heat and extreme pressure, creating geothermal seawater. Drawn to the surface through geothermal extraction wells, the water emerges enriched with silica, algae, and minerals—the bioactive elements that endow this unique fluid with its healing, rejuvenating, nourishing abilities.

History

The beneficial powers of geothermal seawater were first discovered in the early 1980s when local residents began to bathe in the serene blue lagoon that had formed in the lava field beside the Svartsengi Geothermal Resource Park. Some people came to the water for pleasure. Others came for healing. But all who came, left with sensations of profound revitalization.

Science

As word of the lagoon’s healing properties spread, the water became the focus of intense scientific research. In 1995, with a wealth of studies confirming geothermal seawater’s remarkable powers, a clinic for the treatment of chronic skin conditions was opened. This was followed by the launch of Blue Lagoon skin care.

Water Quality

The cleanliness, purity, and ecological balance of geothermal seawater are routinely monitored for strict conformance with internationally recognized standards of water quality.

Water Quality

Elements

Forever rejuvenating. Forever enchanting. Forever transformative.

Facts

Color

The water’s iconic color is a result of the way that silica reflects sunlight.

Temperature

Deep in the earth, the water's temperature is a scorching 240° C. By the time the water reaches the lagoon, it is a warm, luxurious 38° C.

Mixture

Geothermal seawater is 70% ocean water and 30% freshwater.