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Everything you need to know before visiting The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

View over The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The steaming milky-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland beckoned. Wearing just my swimming costume I took a deep breath and pegged-it through the biting chill of Iceland’s February weather.

Wading into the hot, mineral-rich water felt all the better for the -15 degree dash. I laid back and soaked blissfully as the piping hot water relaxed every muscle in my body. Heaven…

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon Iceland – is it worth it?

I didn’t think I was going to like the Blue Lagoon. A man-made attraction fed by water from the nearby geothermal power plant doesn’t actually sound too appealing does it? 

I actually loved the experience which left me feeling incredibly relaxed and my skin super-soft. My hair was a different story. I’d suggest you avoid getting it wet unless you want to spend three days with it sticking out in all directions – think Animal from The Muppets.  It didn’t calm down until a couple of washes and hot oil treatments later.

Although the Blue Lagoon sits next to the power plant I couldn’t see it through the steaming mists and black, lichen covered, rock of the surrounding lava field.  

Lava flows heat the seawater which is pumped from 2000-metres beneath the earth’s surface. First it’s used to generate heat and electricity at the power plant before being pushed through to the lagoon.  The water is renewed every 40 hours.

Lava Rocks at The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

What is the water temperature in the Blue Lagoon

The water varies in temperature with some areas almost too hot to bear and other cooler spots but it’s mainly a comfortable heat. The water temperature is generally between 37°C and 40°C (98-104°F).

What’s Included in the Blue Lagoon entrance fee?

Included in our ‘basic’ entrance fee was a towel, a drink from the in-water bar and a silica mud mask which we got from the swim-up bar in the main pool.

I chose a strawberry sparkling wine which compliented my algae face mask perfectly… The mask comes as a frozen tablet which you dip in the water and as it melts you spread on your skin. 

I couldn’t leave it on too long as the icy breeze whipping around made it so cold I got face freeze – it felt good afterwards though. There are huge vats of gloopy silica mud in the lagoon and you can take big handfuls to smear on your skin.

Face Mask and drink at The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Trying out a silica mud mask at the Blue Lagoon

What’s it like in the Blue Lagoon?

When you’re in the lagoon the swirling steam which envelops you gives everything an ethereal, dreamlike quality.  Although there are people nearby they’re barely visible in the mists and their laughter and voices are strangely muted.

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Hewn out of the lava is a steam bath, a massaging waterfall and a sauna. The strangely translucent turquoise water surrounds everything. Designed in stark modern lines the buildings and decks compliment the natural textures and colours of the lava field to create a surreal ambience. 

I’d definitely recommend you fit a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your Iceland tour and let the mineral waters work their geothermal magic.

Fountain at The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Visit the Blue Lagoon en route to the Airport

Bláa lónið is approximately 13 km from Keflavík Airport and 39 km from Reykjavík. That’s approximately a 20-minute drive from the airport and a 40 minute drive from Reykjavík.

Scheduled bus transfers to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik and the airport are frequent and run throughout the year. There are luggage storing facilities (for a fee) so a good time to visit would be en-route to or from the airport.  We went on our way back to the airport – so I had to sit through the whole journey home with muppet hair…!

Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon

Another way to visit, and in my opinion the best, is by a private Blue Lagoon airport transfer. It’s a great way to optimise your time and enjoy a 2 hour stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to/from the airport. Check availability and rates. 

How Long to Spend at the Blue Lagoon

You can spend the whole day at the Blue Lagoon for your entrance fee. I was there for about 3 hours and had lunch in the Lava Restaurant which was excellent. If you’re not eating then 2 hours would be plenty of time.

Travelbunny Tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon

Go through to the restaurant and up the stairs to the right and you’ll find a large outside balcony with fantastic panoramas over the lagoon. Great for photos, especially at sunset or sunrise.

Before entering the Blue Lagoon you must take a shower (naked) and wash thoroughly. If you’re shy don’t worry because there are separate male and female changing areas. Some individual cubicles are tucked away to one side although they don’t have doors.

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Bad Hair Days

I’m serious about the hair. The high levels of silica in the water will turn it into straw for days. I’d recommend applying conditioner and tying your hair back. Complimentary conditioner is available in the shower rooms.

The Blue Lagoon is a bit of a tourist trap and will make a hole in your budget but I really enjoyed it and it’s an Iceland must-do.

If you’ve got time you can spend the whole day there to get your money’s worth. There are other geothermal springs in Iceland which are cheaper so do your research and make your choice.

Blue Lagoon Address

Blue Lagoon Iceland
Nordurljosavegur 9
Grindavík 240, Iceland

How to get to the Blue Lagoon

If you’re driving yourself, getting to the Blue Lagoon is easy. From the main highway that connects Keflavík and Reykjavík, turn at the sign marked “Blue Lagoon” and drive approximately 10 km/6.5 miles. There’s free parking available right outside.

Blue Lagoon Entrance Fee

There are various packages you can buy for the Blue Lagoon at different prices. You’ll pay a lot more just for the use of a robe and you don’t actually need to go into the cold as there’s a route from inside straight into the water. Wish I’d known that before my ‘Viking dash’.

Get your inclusive drink by scanning your wrist-band at the bar. If you have extra you’ll pay when you leave. The wrist-band also gives access to your locker.

Basic entry from €54 includes:

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon

  • Silica mud mask

  • Use of towel

  • First rink of your choice

Premium entry from €90 includes:

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon

  • Silica mud mask

  • Use of towel

  • First drink of your choice

  • Second mask of choice

  • Slippers

  • Use of bathrobe

  • Table reservation at Lava Restaurant

  • Sparkling wine if dining

Blue Lagoon Opening Hours

  • 1 Jan – 24 May 8:00 – 22:00
  • 25 May – 28 Jun 7:00 – 23:00
  • 29 Jun – 19 Aug 7:00 – 00:00
  • 20 Aug – 1 Oct 8:00 – 22:00
  • 2 Oct – 31 Dec 8:00 – 21:00

Read More about Iceland: Tips for visiting Reykjavik, Iceland’s Capital of Cool | A Tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle | Eating Iceland – what to eat and drink | Thunderbread – a geothermal bake off

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Friday 18th of January 2019

Hi ! Really convinced now . Thanks for sharing all important information . Do you think it is possible to take any pictures from the board walks or dry areas ? We do not have a waterproof camera .

Suzanne Jones

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Yes I think you probably could but it does get very cold out of the water! Enjoy your visits and thank you for dropping by the blog


Thursday 3rd of December 2015

How do you take pictures without getting the camera wet, damaged or stolen? I'm visiting over Christmas and would love to record the experience. Thanks for the info regarding not wetting hair!

Suzanne Jones

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

I used a waterproof camera which had a strap so I could hang it around my neck. Have a fantastic time :)

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Sunday 22nd of March 2015

The Blue Lagoon was the highlight of my recent trip to Iceland, well worth the extortionate prices! Kat liked that strawberry fizz so much we bought loads at duty-free on the way home!

Suzanne Jones

Tuesday 24th of March 2015

I was dubious about going there but loved it too - quite a surreal experience!