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A Guide to Visiting the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The steamy milky blue water against the black lava rock landscape creates an otherworldly setting like no other. Sitting in the hot waters of the geothermal spas can be a truly intoxicating and relaxing experience.

What is the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most popular geothermal spa and the most-visited paid attraction in Iceland. It's famous for its steamy milky blue water contrasted against the black rocks of the surrounding lava fields of the region. The water in the Blue Lagoon hovers around 38 degrees Celsius, and both the water and the mud in the pool are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur. The mineral-rich waters are believed to have therapeutic properties, especially for sufferers of psoriasis and eczema. 


The Blue Lagoon is located inside the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark, approximately 13 miles from the Keflavik airport or 30 miles from the centre of Reykjavik. 


The cost of visiting the Blue Lagoon depends on the date, the time of day, and if you choose any of the spa add-on services. For more details on prices and the different Blue Lagoon packages available, check out our excursion page here.

You can stay at the Blue Lagoon for as long as you like, from your scheduled entrance time, until closing. Most people spend 2 to 4 hours at the lagoon, relaxing in various pools and spas, and many break to have a drink or meal. 

A Brief History of the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon's creation was purely by accident as it is fed by the runoff water from the Svartsengi geothermal power plant which opened in 1976, and by 1977 the pools began to form. In the early 1980s, a few men with psoriasis started bathing in the waters and reported that it helped alleviate heir symptoms. By the late 1980's it had become a popular local bathing area for those with skin diseases and later, a clinic was established there in 1994. 

It was officially opened to the public for bathing in 1987, and the Blue Lagoon company was established in 1992 which also sell a line of skin and bathing products. 

What do I need to bring to visit the Blue Lagoon?

In reality, the only thing you will need to visit the Blue Lagoon is proof of your Blue Lagoon reservation and your swimsuit. However, here are a few things you may want to pack for the Blue Lagoon: 

  • Swimsuit or trunks. 
  • Waterproof case for phones or cameras if you plan to take pictures.
  • Comb/ brush & any other hair styling essentials.
  • Hair tie for those with longer hair to keep the hair out of the water.
  • Deodorant, facial moisturizer, body lotion, and other toiletries for after shower.
  • Sandals, water shoes or shower shoes.
  • Breathable waterproof bag for storing wet items.
  • Change of clothing for those who want fresh clothing after showering.
  • Sunscreen (+30 SPF).
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim cap
  • Clarifying shampoo

What is There to Do at the Blue Lagoon?

The most popular thing to do inside the Blue Lagoon is to simply soak in the warm milky water while enjoying the unusual scenery and atmosphere. Stand beneath the waterfall and let the hot water pound your shoulders, enjoy a silica mud face mask, take shelter in a steam cave, and have a drink at the swim-up bar.

Outside of the water, you can visit the sauna and steam room. There is also a relaxing viewing area with chairs where you can rest and look out over the lagoon (Note: there is limited space in these areas). There is also a full spa service, restaurants, snack bar and a gift shop on site. 

What is the Best Time of Day to Visit the Blue Lagoon?

The least popular, and therefore least crowded and least expensive, times of day to visit the lagoon are first thing in the morning, and late in the evening. However, many people choose to visit the Blue Lagoon later in the afternoon or early evening as a place to relax after a busy day out and about. 

What is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is open all-year-round and there are pros and cons to visiting in different seasons. The water temperature stays the same all-year-round so it is only the air temperature that is different across the seasons. The least busy time of the year to visit is normally the Spring months.

In Summer, the air temperature is more agreeable and the sun is more than likely to be out. Whereas in the winter, there is a strong juxtaposition between the cold air and the warm water that people enjoy. 

12 tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

  1. Make your Blue Lagoon Reservations ahead of time.
  2. Plan your transport to the Blue Lagoon in advance.
  3. Make restaurant reservations ahead of time.
  4. Consider visiting on your way to or from the airport.
  5. Bring a waterproof case for your phone or camera.
  6. You can rent a swimsuit & other gear but best to bring your own.
  7. Take care of your hair.
  8. make sure to remove your jewellery & contact lenses.
  9. Wear sunscreen & sunglasses.
  10. Stay hydrated.
  11. Remember to shower before and after getting into the Blue Lagoon.
  12. Leave plenty of time to enjoy the Blue Lagoon.

If you'd like to book the Blue Lagoon for your Iceland trip, head over to the Iceland Holidays website here. Alternatively, get in touch with the team by emailing us at info@icelandholidays.com.

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