Lonely Planet Writer

Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon is set to get a luxury hotel and underground spa

As more improvements are underway at Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, the attraction is poised to get a new underground spa, luxury hotel and “signature restaurant”.

The Blue Lagoon as it undergoes a transformation.
The Blue Lagoon as it undergoes a transformation. Image by Blue Lagoon

The Moss Hotel is slated to open in the fall of 2017 at the Blue Lagoon, one of the country’s top attractions. The area has been undergoing expansions since 2016, at which point the lagoon was enlarged by half, and new systems added to reduce wait times and queues.

Lava suite at the Moss Hotel.
Lava suite at the Moss Hotel. Image by Blue Lagoon

Iceland has seen an incredible tourism boom in recent years – and the country’s beautiful landscapes have proved so enticing to visitors that the government is considering a limit to the number of visitors at some of the most popular spots in order to save the natural environment. 

And while the Blue Lagoon is a crowded hotspot in one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, it is a still a draw for visitors due to its proximity to the Reykjavík and the airport – and of course, for its mineral-rich water that is perfect for conditioning and exfoliating skin.

A women swims in the Blue Lagoon.
A woman swims in the Blue Lagoon. Image by Blue Lagoon

The lagoon is located on a lava plain along Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula and contains nine million litres of geothermal seawater. The water comes from the Svartsengí geothermal field and recirculates over a period of 40 hours. The lagoon also features a sauna, a steam room, a waterfall, lounge, cafe, a swim-up bar, and in-water massage and treatments.

A woman relaxes in Blue Lagoon.
A woman relaxes in Blue Lagoon. Image by Blue Lagoon

The new hotel will be “built into a moss-covered lava flow dating from the year 1226”, according to the website, and will be powered by sustainable energy. Rooms will provide private access to the Blue Lagoon, with windows where guests can get a view of the surrounding natural beauty. The hotel is scheduled to open in the autumn.

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