Blue Lagoon is a spot that You should not miss, whether you are planning a trip to Iceland or rewriting your travel bucket list. The Blue Lagoon (or “Blaa Lonid”, in Icelandic) is about a half an hour south of Reykjavik. It is also located 15 minutes away from the nearest airport. This outdoor spa is open all year and is open to relaxation and rest. In this article we will tell you everything you need to know about Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
You will want to take a dip at this beautiful lagoon, with its healing waters and stunning scenery. Let’s get your passport out and explore the fascinating history, features, and amenities of Blue Lagoon.
What Is Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It has been visited by over four million people since it opened in 1995. The water temperature is between 39°C and 40°C, so it’s perfect for those who want to cool off from the summer heat.
It’s also known for its therapeutic properties, which are attributed to the high mineral content of its waters.
The story how Blue Lagoon was formed is very interesting: In the late 1970s, Svartsengi’s power station made a mistake. They had drilled for geothermal energy in another land and the steam and excess water were emitted at the wrong place. The Blue Lagoon has not caused any damage to the power plant and no chemicals have been released into the lagoon. However, it created the resort that is visited by millions of tourists every year and has become one of the major sources of income for the state. If you are planning to visit Iceland for your next European getaway, you can also take a look at ETIAS Website, that will give the full explanation on new entry rules to EU/Schengen Area countries. It will also provide you with help to apply for visa waiver.
Blue Lagoon – Things to Know and Consider Before Your Visit
There are several things you need to consider before visiting the lagoon.
- Blue Lagoon is outside Reykjavik, near Keflavik International Airport. This means that you will need to rent a car or a take a tour bus to reach your destination. If you have a rental car, it is all good. You just drive for 25 minutes and you are there. If you are going for a bus, don’t go too far. Most hotels in Reykjavik offer comfortable transfers back and forth, several times a day. Besides, as a guest of the hotel will get a discount on transfer services.
- Even though there is a ticket office at the entrance of the Blue Lagoon, we recommend to book the entry tickets in advance online. First of all, it gives you freedom to choose the most suitable time slot for your visit. Secondly, you get the guarantee that you will enter the venue. Also, online tickets are relatively cheaper than the tickets on door.
- Kids that are younger than two years old will not be admitted to the venue. Kids from 2 to 13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.
- Never wear glasses or contact lenses in the lagoon. Warm water can damage them and irritate your eyes.
- If you don’t want to spend entire evening in sorting out your hair from each other, try not to get it wet.
- You need to take a shower naked before entering the lagoon. If you don’t feel comfortable showering naked around other people, you can ask working personnel to provide you with private locker room and shower.
- The water renews in the pools in every 48 hours. This means that you can be sure you are bathing in new and clean water.
Best Time to Visit Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is thermal bath, which means that there are no seasonal preferences over visiting the place. You can equally enjoy blue, warm water in any season. To get the best possible experience from Lagoon, try to book early morning slots. This is the period when the lagoon is not crowded and you can enjoy the scenic views, as well as thermal bathes all for yourself. You know what is another advantage you can get as an early bird? – You will take loads of pictures without too many people around. Not bad for IG influencers, right?
Also, the Lagoon is usually full at night since there is no limit to how long you can stay there. The best time to visit Blue Lagoon in summer is at night, when you can fully experience the midnight sun in summer or the Northern Lights during winter.
One more thing you need to know is that Blue Lagoon is quite expensive. Regular ticket costs around 60 euros (in Icelandic Krones). Alternatively, you can purchase Premium ticket for 80 euros that adds more features to your visit. If you really are up for unforgettable experiences and want to have it all, you can go for All-Inclusive Package that will cost you around 400 euros.