Born in 1955, Grímur Sæmundsen is a Doctor of Medicine (MD) by education. As the founder and CEO of Blue Lagoon Iceland, he has led the company’s growth and development since 1992, orchestrating its expansion from an entity focused on health and wellness into a dynamic enterprise that also encompasses travel, leisure, skin care, research & development, and sustainability.
Grímur earned his MD from the University of Iceland in 1981 and later received a degree in sports medicine from London Hospital College. In 1990, he left his medical practice, becoming both a pioneer and entrepreneur in Iceland’s healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries. During the course of his career, he has established multiple companies and spearheaded a host of innovative projects and initiatives in the public and private sectors. His most notable endeavor is Iceland’s renowned Blue Lagoon, a site that brings together all of his passions for health, nature, sustainability, and science.
Leadership in the Icelandic Business Community
As the CEO of Blue Lagoon, Grímur has emphasized support for the development of Icelandic tourism: He has served as the chairman of SAF – the Icelandic Travel Association – since 2014; he is a board member of SA-Business Iceland – a service organization for Icelandic businesses; he is a board member of the Icelandic Tourism Task Force; and he is Chairman of the Board of the Icelandic Tourism Fund.