The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most iconic and most visited attractions. Fuelled by geothermal activity, the Blue Lagoon is a public bath and spa with warm waters rich in minerals like silica and sulfur. Other than all the spa treatments, bathing in the Blue Lagoon is meant to help people suffering with skin ailments, like eczema and psoriasis. It’s also one of the most gorgeous destinations you’ll see just beyond Reykjavik.
The lagoon is actually manmade, but it’s fed by a nearby geothermal power plant named Svartsengi. The water is superheated by a nearby lava flow, which in turn runs turbines that create electricity. Silicate minerals create the lagoon’s distinct blueness. The Blue Lagoon has been around since 1976, but the public didn’t start using it until 1992. Now it’s a must-do on any visit to Iceland!
Unique Things to See and Do at the Blue Lagoon
- Get a massage as you float in the lagoon
- Shop for some special skincare products at the onsite shops
- Check out the sauna and spa rooms
- Relieve stiff muscles under the manmade waterfall
- Check out any concerts or special events taking place during your visit
- Get a volcano facial with warmed stones
Information on the Blue Lagoon
There are endless things to do at the Blue Lagoon. You can splurge and opt for big spa packages, or you can simply relax in the pools all day. There’s also a hotel on site, and often there are great combo packages that let you pamper yourself with spa services while staying onsite for a few days. Prices start at 45 EUR for a simple visit, but for about 165 EUR you can even have a gourmet dinner at one of the restaurants. There are also a few bars featuring signature cocktails.
There’s luggage storage if you’d like to spend time at the Blue Lagoon before flying out of the country. Icelanders are extremely strict about hygiene, so it’s necessary to shower before entering the baths! Otherwise, baring some skin isn’t a big deal at all, and you’ll find nudity the norm around here.
Getting to the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is located between the international airport and the city of Reykjavik. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. It’s easy to get bus transfers from the city, and they run several times throughout the day. There is also ample parking for rental cars.
The Blue Lagoon is open year-round, and visiting during the height of winter is one of the most pleasurable experiences you’ll have. The snow may be falling all around, but nothing beats immersing yourself in hot, naturally heated mineral waters.
Did you know…?
The Blue Lagoon even has a research and development facility to help find cures for skin diseases.
Did you ALSO know…?
About 85 percent of Iceland’s energy comes from renewable resources, and over half of that amount is geothermal activity.
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