On our recent visit to Iceland, we had the opportunity to visit the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal SPA about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik and located in the middle of a picturesque lava field and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and has been know to help some people with skin diseases. The water averages between 98 and 102 degrees F and the water is renewed about every two days. The lagoon is fed by the water output from the nearby geothermal power plant.
The lagoon adheres to a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower before and after bathing in the lagoon. You can visit the lagoon by purchasing a pass and there are various levels of passes one can purchase, from the standard pass where you basically get admission to several other levels where you get a towel, bathrobe, sandals drinks, and meals. The costs range from 35 Euro for the basic to 172 Euro for the luxury which includes a private lounge and shower. If you just want to visit the lagoon and not partake of the water there is a visitor’s pass available for 10 Euro. If you do not want to take advantage of one of their packages they do have individual pricing for the use of a towel, robes, slippers, and even a bathing suit!
The morning we visited the lagoon the weather was raining and the temperature about 50 degrees F which created a heavy fog over the lagoon. We probably could not see 10 feet in front of us, but it did provide an awesome experience. In the lagoon you can apply a silicone mask to your face, visit a waterfall which provides one of the best neck massages I have ever received, visit the Sauna or Steam Room, or just enjoy the warm waters.
We actually had a meal with our package, but we were enjoying the waters so much we decided to enjoy the waters and eat somewhere later. There is a swim-up bar in the lagoon which sells drinks and snacks.
A visit to the Blue Lagoon is a must for anyone visiting Iceland. You need at least 3 hours in the waters when visiting. We arranged our transportation from our cruise ship with IGT Tours and was very satisfied with their service.