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adventures // travel Blue Lagoon ICELAND Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon sits in an 800-year-old lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula, less than an hour from Reykjavik. Recently designated an UNESCO Geopark, this otherworldly terrain is alive with craters, fissures, mud pools, steam vents, hot springs and moss-covered lava flows. Blue Lagoon’s health-giving geothermal waters are rich in silica, algae and minerals, which have now been patented and incorporated into its very own skincare range. As well as the sublime pleasures of warm geothermal seawater, the lagoon offers a sauna, steam room, waterfall, luxury lounge, cafe, an in-water silica bar and a vast selection of in-water massages and treatments. In 2007, 20 years after the creation of Blue Lagoon, the Silica Hotel was created. A sanctuary of relaxation and healing, it offers 35 rooms, a private geothermal lagoon, spa facilities, and a clinic for skin treatments. Built into the heart of Blue Lagoon lava field, the hotel offers guests the harmony of modern architecture against the dramatic volcanic landscape. Amid the mud, moss and steam, this is an enchanting place to relax, the naturally heated waters a delicious balm for soothing and rejuvenating mind, body and soul. 39