The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World”, a unique place on our planet, located inside a 800-year-old lava field in the heart of the Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Geopark. You can either get there by car or book a tour with transportation from your hotel; it is about an hour drive away from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. What you need to know is that you have to book your tickets to the Blue Lagoon in advance because it sells out every day. Make sure to book at least a week prior to your trip.

Upon arrival to the Blue Lagoon, you will find a small building where you can safely store your luggage during your visit, facilitating the stop-over of travelers on their way to/coming from Reykjavik’s international airport. There are four different packages you can purchase: Standard, Comfort, Premium, and Luxury. I booked the Premium package because it includes a bath robe and slippers. Before you enter the lagoon, I recommend to use the special hair conditioner provided in the shower area to help keeping your hair manageable after bathing in the lagoon’s mineral rich water. The natural heat of the lagoon’s geothermal sea water is between 37° and 40° degrees all year around. Silicon Mud and Algae Masks are provided at the in-water silica bar to apply on your face and body to deep-cleanse, strengthen, and brighten your skin (see my pictures below). I was told to leave it on to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off in the water and feel the sensation of smooth and refreshed skin. In addition to the pleasures of geothermal seawater, the lagoon offers a sauna, a steam room, a waterfall, a luxury lounge, a cafe, an in-water beverage bar, and in-water massage.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon was a one of my favorite adventures during my Iceland trip and I would fly back there only for this experience alone. I went early in the morning when it was still dark and could witness the sunrise over the volcanic surroundings and the interplay of steam and mystical blue colors. You can see all my impressions in the photo gallery below!


10 Facts about the Blue Lagoon

  • Blue Lagoon was formed in 1974 as a runoff from the nearby Geothermal Power Plant
  • At first, people came for healing, then also for pleasure
  • The modern day Blue Lagoon opened its doors in 1987
  • Since opening, it was relocated, redesigned, and widely expanded
  • It is Iceland’s most famous attraction
  • The Blue Lagoon holds 9 million liters of geothermal seawater
  • The average water depth is 1,2 meters and the maximum depth is 1,6 meters
  • It has evolved from a reservoir of geothermal runoff into a world geothermal wonders
  • Silicate minerals give the water a milky blue shade and help cure skin disease
  • The entire water is renewed every 2 days