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Experience the Blue Lagoon Iceland (Pros and Cons)

When me and Katie headed to Iceland last month, we couldn’t not stop at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and it’s not hard to see why. The beautiful milky-blue opaque water makes a stark contrast to the surrounding black lava field covered with dark green moss, and it’s also a welcome retreat from the cold wind and wintery weather that descends on the country for nearly 9 months every year. Read all my posts from Iceland here.

The Blue Lagoon history dates back to 1976 when it formed next to the geothermal power plant, Svartsengi. Contrary to many people’s belief, the lagoon is therefore not a natural occurrence but caused by a man-made structure. It is, in fact, excess water from the power plant, that is drilling for steam and hot water.

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A visit to the Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula only 20 minutes from Keflavik airport on the west of the island. That makes it the perfect first stop when arriving in Iceland, or the last stop before you leave the country.

The Blue Lagoon is simply a large lake that has the perfect temperature to bathe in, on average it’s 39°C/102°F. It’s supposedly great for your skin, offering soothing waters and rich skin nourishment. The lagoon’s warm geothermal water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and unwind while the lagoon’s distinctive white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The mineral salts balance and relax body and soul. The modern facilities have been developed into a wellness complex including saunas, a warm flowing waterfall, restaurant and in-water treatments and massages using the all-natural Blue Lagoon skin care products.

A visit to the Blue Lagoon Iceland

A few things you should know:

  • The Blue Lagoon is a spa in Iceland and is open all year round
  • Standard entry is from 6100 ISK (£46) for adults (14+)
  • The age limit to the Blue Lagoon is 2 years old, entry is free for 2-13 year old
  • Pre-booking is required, days or up to weeks in advance
  • The average temperature of the water is 39°C / 102°F all year round
  • The Blue Lagoon is not natural and formed in 1976
  • The warm seawater is rich with minerals such as silica that do wonders for your skin
  • The water in the Blue Lagoon completely renews itself every 48 hours
  • You should shower before getting in to the pool (you may be asked if attendance notice you haven’t)
  • Combine a trip here with your in-flight or outbound flight as it’s not very close to much else
  • Take precautions for your hair, they have conditioners in the shower, or tie it up – it will ruin your hair for days and days!

 

I enjoyed my time at the Blue Lagoon and I would go back, if it wasn’t so bloody expensive. It was a fun few hours as we bathed in the pools, grabbing a drink using our wrist band, heading over to the face mask bar, and swimming around. In late April, temperatures were around 5C, which made the pool nice and toasty, despite a heavy wind coming in from the south!

The Blue Lagoon has a sauna and steam room, as well as an exclusive section. Here you can get a variety of spa treatments, including a massage on a float right in the Blue Lagoon! There are cocktails, smoothies and more at the swim-up bar, but we both opted for beer instead, which I paid for with my wristband (everyone gets one free drinks and you can put any additional purchases on these too and pay as you leave).

A visit to the Blue Lagoon Iceland

Included with your visit:

ONE DRINK FROM THE BAR

Take your pick from a smoothie, cider, beer or cocktail. Sit back and enjoy!

SILICA MUD MASK

The white facemask that you’ve probably seen in photos is the Silica Mud Mask. The mask is delivered at the Silica bar, located in the lagoon. You can apply as much as you want to your face and body, before leaving it on for at least 5 minutes. When you wash it off, you will feel a significant difference in the softness of your skin.

SAUNA AND STEAM ROOMS

Our sauna and steam baths are a big part of the Blue Lagoon experience. Carved into the lava rock, they reflect the stunning landscape around the Blue Lagoon.

THE WATERFALL

The man-made waterfall works wonders on sore shoulders and stiff muscles. On busy days you may have to wait a little while to enjoy its refreshing power.

RELAXATION AREA

We recommend that you take regular breaks from the water. The relaxation area, next to the changing room doors, offers comfortable seating and soothing music to relax to. It also has an amazing view, looking out across the lagoon.

 

Overall, if you’re going to Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is one of those experiences that you just have to try. But if you can, I recommend you do it on the way to or from the airport — and I beg you, don’t let that water touch your hair!

If you’re planning your own trip to Iceland, feel free to ask me any questions by tweeting me @sophiessuitcse or use the Google Map I created for our trip here

  • Angie Silver
    May 7, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I really enjoyed the Blue Lagoon, it is quite touristy but it was a real tick off the bucket list for me 🙂

    • Sophie
      May 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

      I wasn’t too sure at first but I am glad I did it now! It was an experience xx