So is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth Visiting?
For starters, they serve Tempranillo at The Blue Lagoon. Drink a glass of wine whilst you float and smile in the blue-tinged mineral-laden geothermal heated waters.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is more than just a really awesome naturally heated swimming pool. It’s also a fully functional spa with a number of offerings that simply don’t exist anywhere else in the world.
Some will argue that this place is a tourist trap. I was honestly skeptical myself prior to visiting. However, once our group had this amazing experience, we knew immediately afterwords that we had to make plans to include it in our next trip to Iceland.
It’s important to remember that when you visit Iceland – there are truly an abundance of activities worth exploring. From scuba diving between two tectonic plates, to riding the beautiful Icelandic horses and even glacier hiking. That being said, The Blue Lagoon is more than worth a visit – as long as you set aside enough time to try everything else Iceland has to offer.
The Blue Lagoon is Man-Made, But That Shouldn’t Stop You
Contrary to popular belief, this unique location isn’t something that came about naturally. The blue waters that make up The Blue Lagoon are a result of water that was released from the ground after the construction of a nearby geothermal power facility.
While the lagoon itself may be the result of a man-made structure, the water is heated naturally from underground geothermal activity.
Give Your Skin a Boost with a Silica Mud Mask at The Blue Lagoon
In addition, the soil composition and mineral structure of the mud in the area is great for your skin. The squishy mud you’ll be walking throughout the lagoon is loaded with silica and sulfur. These substances aid in improving skin quality through exfoliation and nutrient enrichment. Pick up a hand full and rub it all over yourself!
Get a Massage (The Most Unique Massage Ever)
No, you won’t be lying face down on a table indoors for this massage. Instead, you’ll be taken to a quiet corner within The Blue Lagoon to float on the blue water while getting an Icelandic rubdown. A special massage oil is used during the treatment, as well as silica directly from the mud beneath your feet. Both 30 and 60 minute massages are available and they cost 60 or 95 euros respectively.
In 2017, You Can Stay at The Blue Lagoon!
According to The Blue Lagoon website, the facility will be expanding in the coming years. Not only will a new spa area be created, a luxury hotel with 60 rooms and an a la carte restaraunt is also being built.
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Order Some Wine (Or Your Drink of Choice)
You should have seen my face when I walked up to the ‘poolside’ bar. When I was told they offered Spanish wine as an option to sip while I soaked in blue mineral water, nothing could bring me down. Maximize your experience and have a drink or two. Of course, we may be a little bias ^__^.
Try the LAVA Restaurant!
The LAVA restaurant is built right into the surrounding lava fields of The Blue Lagoon, making this particular location especially unique. You can also sit down while still wearing your robe!
Make sure you have a hearty breakfast if you’re visiting in the morning as the LAVA restaurant doesn’t open until 12. The arctic char, rack of lamb and beer-cooked mussels are incredible. You can order a la carte, or order two and three course meals for either ISK 5900 or ISK 6900.
Embrace the Snow
If you have the opportunity to visit Iceland during the winter season, you can expect late sunrises and early sunsets. You can also expect bizarre weather patterns. When we visited in the morning during February 2015, we were luckily enough to be hit with a sun-blizzard – you heard that correctly.
As the sun rose above us while bathing, a blizzard began to spit out snow flakes the size of softballs simultaneously. This alone made The Blue Lagoon experience worth it for me. Where else will you ever be graced with a blizzard while also getting to see the sunrise at the same time? Did I mention while relaxing with a glass of wine in blue water?
Tips for Visiting The Blue Lagoon
1. How Much Does The Blue Lagoon Cost?
That depends on how much you want out of the experience. Prices at The Blue Lagoon vary, and depend on the amenities offered as well as age. Pre-booking is required. Basic entrance and a visitors pass starts at 35 euros.
There are four packages offered total, and the ‘Luxury’ (most exclusive) costs as much as 165 euros if you’re booking online. The luxury package includes basic necessities as well as other unique offerings. These include amenities along the lines of table reservations at the LAVA restaurant, exclusive access to the luxury lounge, as well as a free drink.
Note that while I’m referencing pricing in euros, Iceland actually has its own currency, so you’ll be using an ISK conversion.
Keep in mind that there are tour companies that can book The Blue Lagoon for you which include airport transfer options. At the end of the day this is almost always cheaper – so do your research before booking directly.
2. When to Visit The Blue Lagoon
There are two ideal times to visit the Blue Lagoon. You should go as you arrive in Iceland after leaving Keflavik Airport, or just before you plan to leave the country.
The better choice? Visit on your way out in the morning. By the end of your trip you’ll probably be tired. There are so many activities to indulge in throughout this beautiful country that your body is bound to succumb to a bit of fatigue. What better way to wind down your trip than with a visit to one of the most unique spas in the world.
Make sure you arrive as early as you can in the morning as the line gets long by noon. The Blue Lagoon is typically open by 8am throughout much of the year, otherwise it’s open at 9am. If you’re on your way to the airport, you’ll have to store your luggage on-site while you enjoy the spa.
Separately, we recommend using a professional and private tour through a company like Iceland Unlimited. They’ll be able to customize your trip and tailor it to your needs. Include taking you to both The Blue Lagoon and then to the airport!
3. Bring Your Own ‘Gear’
In an effort to save a little bit of money, bring your own towel, bathing suit, robe and flippy-floppies. You’ll be required to wear these items in various locations throughout The Lagoon. Individuals are also given lockers to store personal items.
4. Expect To Be Naked At least Once
Don’t freak out – it’s all part of the process. Before you enter The Blue Lagoon itself, you’ll be asked to shower in the locker room. This involves stripping down per their requirements. However, as soon as you’re done you can wrap a towel around yourself, put your bathing suit on and head to the water.
5. Ladies – Protect Your Hair
While the sulfur and silica present in both the water and mud are great for your skin, the same can’t be said for your hair. We highly, highly recommend that you put an excessive amount of conditioner in your hair if you don’t want it to dry out or damage any coloring you may have had done. You can also take it a step further by using a shower cap and avoiding going underwater. However, we advise against this. If you’re visiting this unique location you probably are going to regret not getting wet later on ;).