A Relaxing Visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Is It Worth It?

Are you planning to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland? And wondering if the visit to this world-famous geothermal spa is truly worth it? The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is a unique experience in Iceland.

My husband and I went to Iceland for my birthday. Our first stop in our Iceland itinerary was the Blue Lagoon Iceland.

Blue-Lagoon-Iceland
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Hailed as one of the wonders of the world by National Geographic, this geothermal spa is truly a gem in its own right. You will surely appreciate this unique wellness spa. The sustainable energy produced by the Svartsengi Power Station shows that nature and technology can work together.

Where is Blue Lagoon?

This famous luxury geothermal spa is only 30 minutes away from Keflavik Airport, the main international airport in Iceland.

Address: Norðurljósavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland (Google Maps)

How to go to Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

We arrived at Keflavik airport at about 8 am so we decided to make our way straight to the Blue Lagoon before heading to Reykjavik. There are different bus companies that do transfers from Keflavik – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik. You can book your Keflavik Airport to Blue Lagoon transfers here from BusTravelIceland.com

Alternatively, a car rental or taxi service can be arranged. It was more convenient for us based on our itinerary to make the Blue Lagoon our first stop. Blue Lagoon is located in the Southern Peninsula of Iceland around 40 minutes away from Reykjavik. 

You can book your Blue Lagoon transfers from GetYourGuide.com.

Read more: Helpful Guide to Driving in Iceland

Do I need to pre-book reservations to visit Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

As a general rule, it is strongly advised to pre-book your tickets to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. This is mainly due to the popularity of the spa and the safety to avoid overcrowding.

You can book your tickets to the Blue Lagoon here via GetYourGuide.com

What makes the Blue Lagoon in Iceland special?

The main highlight of Blue Lagoon Iceland is the turquoise water of its geothermal pool. Geothermal water has beneficial effects on our skin. It exfoliates and cleanses our skin, making it soft and revitalized. Apply and leave on dry skin for 5 – 10 minutes and then rinse off.

A relaxing visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Silica Mud Mask
A relaxing visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Silica Mud Mask

Skin Benefits of 3 active ingredients of Blue Lagoon water:

The geothermal water in Blue Lagoon has 3 active ingredients: silicaminerals and algae.

Silica

You should consider Silica as your new best friend when it comes to keeping your skin’s youthful glow. Silica helps our skin to keep its moisture and elasticity. It also helps to prevent some of the damage caused by ageing like skin sagging, dryness and dull skin.

Silica is normally found in a volcanic environment. On your visit to the Blue Lagoon don’t forget to try the Silica Mud on your face and body.

Minerals 

Minerals are vital to our skin as it serves as an important part of the formula in keeping our skin healthy. They fill in the gaps that will help our skin to maintain its youthful glow. It is now popular to include minerals in cosmetics and other skin care products.

Algae 

One of the Blue Lagoon’s unique features is the algae that can be found in the thermal pools. These Coccoid and Filamentous blue-green algae can do wonders in helping your skin to produce natural collagen, this can help to protect and repair damage caused by harmful UV rays and ageing.

Different scientific research (source) were made to study and prove that the water and the mud here in Blue Lagoon can help treat different skin problems. Blue Lagoon has a private clinic for people with psoriasis and other skin problems. The mud and water in Blue Lagoon can help the healing process and treatment.

The Blue Lagoon’s guests can make outpatient appointments or in-house appointments for the whole course of treatment.

Blue Lagoon Iceland History: 

The Blue Lagoon’s mineral-rich water is the end product of the nearby geothermal power plant, the Svartsengi Power Station.

Volcanic landscape in Blue Lagoon
A Relaxing Visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Volcanic landscape around Blue Lagoon

The eco cycle starts from the mixture of fresh and seawater being heated by the underground lava fields that then produce the geothermal reservoir fluid. The reservoir fluid is used to fuel the power plant to create electricity and central heating in areas in Iceland. After this process, the water will then go to the pools of Blue Lagoon.

It all started in the 70s when employees of the power plant started bathing in the nearby geothermal pool. They discovered that the water had healing benefits. The waters in Blue Lagoon are considered to be one of the main treatments for Psoriasis in Iceland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

Tips on Visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The main lagoon in Blue Lagoon Iceland
A Relaxing Visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: The main lagoon

Now that you know why Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a unique attraction, I would like to share with you some tips on how you can enjoy your visit to this awesome and unique geothermal spa.

  • Visit the Blue Lagoon Iceland right after you land at Keflavik airport. Upon arrival at the Blue Lagoon, you will see a small building where you can leave your luggage while you’re in the spa. They charge 1 Euro per luggage and you will be given a luggage stub for collection.
  • Head towards the reception area, where you can collect your wrist pass (if you booked your tickets online) and the inclusions in your chosen package. We had the Premium Pass which includes everything that we need. It also includes a reserved table in the Lava Restaurant and a free glass of sparkling wine.
Blue Lagoon Iceland Premium Package
A relaxing visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Blue Lagoon Iceland Premium Pass
  • Once you received your wrist pass and other amenities you can head toward your respective changing areas. Pick any of the open lockers where you can store your things. Each set of lockers has its own scanner.
  • To lock the locker, you need to push the locker door firmly and immediately scan your wrist pass to the respective scanners to lock it! It took me a good few minutes to figure that out Remember: The lockers in the changing areas are pretty small. The locker is enough for a small bag and your clothes.
  • The water temperature in Blue Lagoon Iceland is at a constant temperature of 37 – 39 degrees Celsius all year round. There is a small bar in the middle of the lagoon where you can order your drinks (you pay for your drinks when you leave the spa). You can also enjoy the sauna cave!

Take your time and relax. There is also a relaxing area indoors where you can lounge and take a nap. After your relaxing time in the lagoon, you can grab a snack in the Blue Lagoon’s bistro or in the Lava restaurant.

After the sumptuous meal in the Lava restaurant or the bistro, you can visit the viewing deck and enjoy the view of the spa and lagoon. Alternatively, you can visit the Blue Lagoon shop on your way out. You can find here different memorabilia of Blue Lagoon and their Blue Lagoon beauty products.

Shower room tips:

To maintain the hygiene standards in the bathing areas all guests are requested to have a full shower.  The mineral shampoo and conditioners are provided in the shower rooms.

Another thing that you have to be aware of while you are in the shower room is you need to have a shower naked. Yes, no swimming costumes. Don’t be so surprised if you see other guests walking around naked. You have been warned.

Haircare Tip:

Before going to the lagoon area for a relaxing dip in the water. You need to wash your hair with the Blue Lagoon shampoo, then soak your hair with the conditioner and leave it in. Do not rinse it!

Leave the hair conditioner on while you are bathing in the lagoon to protect your hair from the thermal water. Otherwise, the water can make your hair stiff and dry. Never soak your hair in the mineral-rich geothermal water! Trust me, just don’t do it!

How much does it cost to go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland:

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland has mastered the art of luxury and relaxation for its guests. They have various facilities like hotels, spas and restaurants.

Silica Hotel and Retreat Hotel:

Silica Hotel offers various packages that include spa treatments and/or activities around Iceland. Silica Hotel has 3 types of rooms: Lava Deluxe (Price from £440), Mountain Deluxe (Price from £485), and Silica Deluxe (Price from £485).

The Retreat Hotel offers a more luxurious and exclusive stay in Blue Lagoon. The suites offer a more luxurious experience for the guests that includes turn down and butler services, and yoga sessions and each suite has a private geothermal lagoon.

The Retreat Hotel has Moss Suite ( Prices from £1,320), Lagoon Suite (Prices from £1,320), Lagoon View Junior Suite (Prices from £1,515), Lava Junior Suite ( Prices from £1,515), Moss Junior Suite (Prices from £1,515) and the Blue Lagoon Suite (the biggest room and most expensive).

The Blue Lagoon & Retreat Spa:

Most visitors to Blue Lagoon opt just for a Day Visit access to the geothermal lagoon. It is strongly advisable to book your tickets in advance. The Blue Lagoon offers 3 types of packages:

Comfort: Blue Lagoon (Prices from ISK 8 490 / £51)

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica mud mask
  • Use of towel
  • 1st drink of your choice

Premium: Blue Lagoon (Prices from ISK 10 990 / £67)

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica mud mask
  • Two additional masks of your choice
  • Use of towel
  • 1st drink of your choice
  • Use of bathrobe
  • 1 glass of sparkling wine if dining at Lava restaurant

Luxury: Retreat Spa (Prices from ISK 59 000 / £358)

5 luxurious hours at the Retreat Spa. Treatments and massage are not included, you can check the services and prices here. Includes a private changing suite and unlimited access to both the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon.

  • Retreat Spa
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Retreat Lagoon
  • Private changing room
  • The Blue Lagoon Ritual
  • Skincare amenities
  • A drink of your choice
  • Access to the Spa Restaurant
  • Access to 8 subterranean spaces

Dining Experience:

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland has four restaurants, they are the Café, the Lava restaurant, Moss restaurant and Spa restaurant.

Lava restaurant in Blue Lagoon Iceland
A Relaxing Visit to Blue Lagoon Iceland: The Lava restaurant

The Lava restaurant offers Icelandic culinary classics, Starter prices range from ISK 3,200 / £19, the Mains prices range from ISK 6,900 / £41, and Desserts prices range from ISK 2,900 / £18.

The Moss restaurant is a Michelin star restaurant that offers exquisite Icelandic cuisine. They also have a set menu or a vegan menu to choose from. It is located at the highest point of the whole Blue Lagoon hence it offers a stunning view of the volcanic terrain of the area. As you typically expect from a Michelin star restaurant, this is the most expensive restaurant in the Blue Lagoon.

The Spa restaurant is a gourmet delicacy inside the Retreat spa. Guest at the spa does not need to make any table reservations. You can even wear your robes while at the restaurant.

Inside the Cafe in Blue Lagoon Iceland
A Relaxing Visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Inside the Café

The Café offers fresh snacks and beverages either to dine in or to take away.

What do I have to bring for my visit to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Upon arriving at the Blue Lagoon Iceland, you need to leave your luggage just by the entrance as you collect your tickets etc.

Make sure that you bring the following in a tote bag or small waterproof bag:

  • important documents (passport, reservations and tickets etc.)
  • wallet
  • phones
  • camera
  • swimming costumes
  • swimming cap
  • travel towel (if not included in your reservation)
  • shampoo & conditioner (if you prefer one, but Blue Lagoon has some in their shower areas)
  • extra clothing
  • sun block

I recommend not to bring a lot of unnecessary stuff with you inside the Blue Lagoon, because the locker room inside the changing room is pretty small.

A relaxing visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland
A relaxing visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Is it worth it?

As a whole, My husband and I enjoyed our visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland. I immensely recommend it to anyone visiting Iceland. The whole experience was relaxing and helped us cope with our jetlag from the early morning flight from the UK.

I hope you enjoyed my article and hopefully will help you when you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
If you’ve been to Blue Lagoon in Iceland, share your stories! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ryazan Tristram

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Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Daily Mail UK, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her in travelling around the UK and beyond with a mission to promote sustainable tourism and share travel guides, travel tips, foodies, history and culture.

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