We first had our doubts when we were planning our visit to Blue Lagoon, thinking it might be overrated. Since we did not know when we will have another chance to visit Iceland, we decided to push through and see the famous Blue Lagoon. Good thing we did because it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip!
Blue Lagoon is a famous geothermal spa in Iceland. Its main attractions are its unique bright blue hue, naturally-heated water and beneficial effects to the skin.
Reserving a Slot in Blue Lagoon
Pre-booking is required. If you plan to visit Blue Lagoon, you have to book your slots in their website. They require the confirmation of the booking for your entry to the lagoon.
Entrance fee is €40-€50 per adult. Price depends on the time of day of the visit and how far in advance of the visit the ticket is booked. In our case, we paid €50 each since we booked only a week in advance.
*Free admission for children (2-13 years old)
Getting to Blue Lagoon
Driving to Blue Lagoon is easy. It is a 20-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and 50-minute drive from Reykjavik (Iceland’s capital and largest city). You will know that you are near the Blue Lagoon when you start smelling the scent of sulfur.
Blue Lagoon provides a free parking with a large capacity. If you do not plan on driving to Blue Lagoon, there are also hourly bus transfers to and from Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, and Keflavik International Airport. Bus transfer rates are €32/adult.
To get inside the spa, you must present the confirmation of your reservation (online or printed). You will be given a wristband and you can use this to access a free locker inside the shower room or purchase an amenity.
Our Blue Lagoon Experience
It was very cold and windy during our visit. This made the short walk from the door to the lagoon dreadful! As we dipped into the warmth of the geothermal spa, the most relaxing sensation enveloped us. We finally realized how beautiful Blue Lagoon is. It is absolutely NOT overrated.
Blue Lagoon is surrounded with dark-colored natural rocks that emphasize the bright blue reflection on the water. There is also a gorgeous backdrop of the mountains peeking through the thick fog that covers the lagoon. Since we booked the earliest time possible, Blue Lagoon was not yet packed with tourists. The lagoon was large enough for us to have our own space. With the cold wind and geothermal water complimenting each other, it was the ultimate feeling of relaxation. The temperature of the water was very soothing at 37-40°C (98-104°F). Some areas are hotter than others and some are a bit deeper.
We tried the complimentary Silica Mud Mask which was said to deep-cleanse the face and reduce the visibility of pores. You can find this at the gazebo at the right side of the lagoon.
We had an incredible time in Blue Lagoon. If only we had more time for our entire trip, we would have stayed there for as long as we liked.
Tips for Visiting Blue Lagoon:
1. Book your reservation as soon as possible
Booking in advance will ensure the availability of your preferred slots AND a cheaper price. We learned this the hard way because we booked through their website a week in advance and the slots were almost full. We had to adjust our itinerary to accommodate the available slots and we paid €10 more than the standard rate per person.
*Link to their prices and packages
2. Book the earliest timeslot
Not only will you avoid the crowd but you also get to stay the whole day if you prefer. There is no maximum time for your stay.
3. Bring your own towel, slippers and bathrobe
If you want to save money, bring your own. Renting these will cost you a lot. Towel is 700 ISK, bathrobe is 1400 ISK and a pair of slippers is 1400 ISK. You don’t need to worry about the storage because Blue Lagoon provides free use of locker. They also have free disposable plastic bags for your wet clothes.
4. You would NEED a bathrobe
The short walk from the building to the lagoon is very cold. Spare yourself and bring a bathrobe! There’s a rack right before you enter the lagoon where you can hang your towel and bathrobe.
5. Try the Silica Mud Mask
The Silica Mud Mask is complimentary for all. It can be found at the gazebo at the right side of the Blue Lagoon.
6. Expect your hair to get extremely dry for at least 2 days
Blue Lagoon has chemicals which can destroy your hair. It is highly advisable to put conditioner on your hair and put it in a bun.
7. There are private shower cubicles in the changing rooms
Showering without bathing suits is required but it was not strictly implemented during our stay.
8. Bring your waterproof camera
Use a wrist strap for your waterproof camera. Don’t risk losing your camera because the water is too murky. You wouldn’t be able to see anything underwater.
9. GPS Coordinates of the Blue Lagoon
Latitude: N +63.881363 (63°52’52.9068″N)
Longitude: W -22.453115 (-22°27’11.214″W)
If you are using Google Maps, make sure you select the Blue Lagoon that is at the farther south of Keflavik International Airport and NOT the Blue Lagoon Spa at Reykjavik. The one in Reykjavik is its office only. 🙂
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