Set amongst a picturesque field of lava, the Blue Lagoon is located 40 minutes from the capital of Reykjavik. With an average temperature of 38°C degrees (100°F) the 9 million litres of turquoise geothermal seawater that make up the lagoon have served to relax and rejuvenate Icelanders and visitors alike since the early 1980s. If you’ve ever visited an onsen in Japan, the heated baths in Budapest, or the geothermal pools of New Zealand, you’ll love the Blue Lagoon. Even if you’re yet to experience one of these exotic bathing opportunities, the Blue Lagoon is a great place to start. A unique environment for relaxing, bathing, and enjoying skin treatments, it only continues to grow in popularity as a must-do activity for anyone visiting Iceland, any time of year. Here’s our guide to visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon is filled with silica, algae and many other beneficial minerals. The atmospheric steamy blue waters of the lagoon add to the relaxing environment; the steam and temperatures of 37 to 40°C degrees help to keep the chill of the surrounding cool air at bay. The lagoon’s onsite facilities includes in-water massage, sauna, steam room, towel & locker hire, cave & swim-in lounge area, restaurant & café, and skincare shop. And in 2018, a brand new hotel and spa complex opened for visitors who’d like to enhance their experience at the Blue lagoon.
- When visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, tickets must be pre-booked. This is due to the lagoon’s popularity. A choice of inclusions are available depending on the level of ticket purchased, ranging from towels, locker access, drinks from the lagoon bar, etc.
- Upon check-in, you will be issued a waterproof bracelet. This will allow you to make cashless purchases at the lagoon’s swim-up bar, cafes, and restaurants. The bill is simply settled as you leave the lagoon.
- Showering before entering the lagoon is required. As is covering your hair with conditioner and tieing up long hair out of the way. The water won’t damage your hair but it will make it dry.
- Leave your belongings in the secure lockers and access them during your visit with your waterproof bracelet
- Plastic bags are provided in the locker room area, to make taking home wet swimwear easier
- Word of advice – it’s very photogenic so you’re likely to want to take some snaps of your time here. Make sure to waterproof your camera before entering the lagoon or purchase a waterproof cover from a cashier so you can use your phone or camera in and around the lagoon.
Best time to visit:
- The geothermal water is actually white with the atmospheric blue colour coming from the sun – during the summer when there is up to 20 hours of daylight, you are more likely to witness a startling blue colour
- While the waters of the Blue Lagoon are warm all year round, from December to February the minimum day time temperature can drop to -2°C – if even the thought of walking from the changing room to the lagoon in just a robe in these temperatures gives you chills, it’s best to visit in the spring or summer
- As with most popular tourist attractions, it’s advised to arrive early to beat the crowds and the queues