Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík
Hey, Guys, if you're coming from the US or Canada, chances are your flight arrives around 6 or 7am. Many of us can't check into our hotels until later, so the best thing you can do is catch the easy, readily available transportation to the Blue Lagoon (only about a 30 min drive from Keflavik airport) and revive yourself in the geothermal waters, get a massage, and just relax for a few hours before taking in the sites! I did it wrong, went to the Blue Lagoon as I was departing. Next time, I intend to head right on over upon arrival! They even have a luggage storage, so no worries about leaving your suitcases. Just pack your bathing costume near the top for easy access.
When my friends heard I was going to Iceland, they all said, "You GOTTA see the Blue Lagoon!" OK, so we stopped by here on the way to catch our flight home. It was fine, if a bit pricey (As of April 2015, entry costs EUR 35, with other options available at various prices, up to the "Luxury Package" that costs EUR 165). The water is nice and warm, and the experience is relaxing.
We took advantage of the "Reykjavík Excursions Relaxing Tour to Keflavík" (now known as "Relaxing Blue Lagoon"). With this tour, you get to stop at the Blue Lagoon before continuing to Keflavík Airport. Cost of this option is ISK 8900, including entry to the spa. Luggage storage costs ISK 500 per bag.
When you arrive at the spa, you will get a wristband with a magnetic attachment. When you get to the locker room, choose a locker, then when you're ready to lock your compartment, close the door until you hear a click. Then, touch your wristband to the scanner flashing your locker's number to lock the door. When you return, touch the wristband to the scanner again, and the locker opens. You can also use your wristband to buy snacks and drinks in the complex (you pay on departure).
UPDATE: As of 2015, advance reservation is required to enter the Blue Lagoon.
One of Icelands best-known places and surely worth a visit. It was among my personal hgihlights of my Iceland trip. Water from a geothermal power plant is pumped into this oasis in the middle of a volcanic field. The water is rich in minerals, creating a layer of mud on the ground and sides. This is collected and said to be good for the skin.
For you, the fun is to spend a couple of hours in this gigantic outdoor pool where the water has a constant temperature of 37-39°C. This creates an interesting effect as all body parts which are not in the water are exposed to the elements and this can range from mild summer weather to snow and freezing temperatures. The place includes other things like saunas, pool bars and restaurants. Hotels for wellness and long-term treatments are there as well.
Inside, everything is payed and operated with a bracelet you receive with your ticket. Hygiene rules are taken seriously here and a good shower is required before entering the pool area.
Prices for adults start at 35 EUR (2014) for adults off-season. More expensive tickets include wellness treatments. It sounds expensive, but I think it still worth it. If you need transportation, consider a combo ticket from Reykjavik Excursions (http://www.re.is). The Blue Lagoon is located around 20 minutes away from Keflavik Airport, therefore it is popular to combine it with your arrival or departure. Luggage storage areas are available.
What can be said about the Blue Lagoon that hasn't been said already.
A very, very cool experience and a must do for anyone traveling to Iceland.
Located literally in the middle of nowhere making it a perfect background, it's about 45 minutes away from Reykjavik and about 15 minutes away from the airport.
Entrance fee is 5400 ISK about $44 US dollars …. towels are 550 ISK about $4 US and robes a bit pricey at 1500 ISK about $12 US ….
As you enter you either stand in the queue for 30 minutes waiting to get in or walk right in with prepaid vouchers which you get get on the website.
You are given a bracelet and given directions to the locker rooms which is included in the price of admission. Once changed you must take a shower before entering the lagoon ….. rest assure there is plenty of showers and showers doors to keep your privacy. Once done you walk downstairs and thru the doors and you there at the lagoon ….
There is racks to hang your towels … I also recommend taking sandals …. the floor outside was freezing …. as for people stealing your stuff …. I wouldn't worry about it … there is staff all over the place, both in the lockers and walking around the outside of the lagoon.
Now the water is sooooooo hot and it feels sooooooo good !!!!!! certain parts of the lagoon are hotter than others, but moving along the water brings you to different temps …. they also provide buckets of the lava mud to put on your face …..
Also inside the Lagoon a walk up bar …. soooooo coooool ….. all they do is scan your bracelet and you pay on your way out.
Just an overall kick ass experience … well worth it.
The day we were there … we had the unusual lightning storm for about 15 minutes and we were evacuated from the pool for about 30 minutes …. free coffee and tea were provided by the staff and it actually made the local news later that day in Reykjavik since thunderstorms with lightning is rare over Iceland. We even had hail come down for a brief moment.
The temps dropped from 47 degrees to 33 degrees in a matter of 15 minutes and getting back into the lagoon felt even better !!!!!!!!
Is the most popular artificial attraction of Iceland every year many tourists tempted to take a bath
In fact, it is a lake with hot water from the geothermal power plant Svartsengi ( black meadow ) next to it, all kinds of beneficial effects for the skin attributed
To the minerals in the water therefore, the Blue Lagoon become a popular spa destination with hotel , saunas , steam rooms , spa , massage and relaxation center
The Blue Lagoon is located in a lava field , next to a geothermal power plant which was opened in 1976
Since 1992, they commercially operated under the name 'Blue Lagoon '
The water is slightly saline ( 2.5 % ) , non-chlorinated and has an average temperature of about 37 to 39 ° C, which is already on the hot side for bathing
The water is milky whitish-blue color, which is mainly formed by the color of the minerals dissolved in the water
The color of the water , the steam above and the surreal background of black lava fields provides a magical experience
Visitors must be registered at the counter and welcome with inbuilt chip bracelet for their personal safety deposit box and you can also used the bracelet for consumptions at the bar inside Before and after the bath you are required to take a shower
Swimsuits and towels can be rented inside, bring your own if you don't like wearing someones suit
The Blue Lagoon can be visited all year
The bath is open from 9:00 am to 21:00 pm ( in winter slightly shorter ) daily from 10:00 - 20:00
Entrance 20 Euro
The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most visited attraction, located in Grindavik, it attracts thousands upon thousands of tourists to Iceland each year. The meet-up was scheduled to take place at ten past ten past ten. But after a long Saturday night, the group was unable to get together until after 12:00 noon. Hrafn the Icelander was kind enough to pick us from our hotel (the Radisson Blu Saga) for the half hour drive to the Blue Lagoon. I must commend him because, he had stayed up till 5:00 am from the night before. We were 5 altogether, including Mark, myself, Sarah, Julie and Hrafn.
The Blue Lagoon is fed by the water output from a nearby geothermal power plant. The rather hot, well heated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. We did use some of the white mineral to have a facial workout, fortunately for me there were about 5 friends with underwater cameras, so I have evidence of me looking like an alien from outer space. It was quite an experience to remember.
On arrival, the Grindavik area felt extremely cold in comparison to Reykjavik just 30 minutes away. The temperature was lower and the wind factor much higher. We went down a narrow and rather rock decorated path to the reception area. Hrafn being the local helped us purchase our tickets at the locals rate (much appreciated). We were handed wrist bands and bright blue towels. Everyone is required to have a shower prior to and after using the Lagoon: a hygiene code. It is believed that this was implemented after the Lagoon waters turned green a few years ago, I'm not exactly sure if this is entirely true. We had showers nonetheless and headed to the awaiting hot/ warm waters of the Lagoon. With the wind picking up by the minute, it was incredibly cold as we dashed through the heavy doors from the cafe area into the pool waters. Relief comes over you once the warm waters cover your body, the blue color of the water is so attractive. Initially I thought the water was free flowing like in a lake, but it is controlled in an enclave of sorts. The surround management building and plant create an enclosure around the waters, but not a good shield against the chilling winds blowing over. Below the waters at the bottom are dark lava rocks, the pool is pretty shallow, less than waist high for me.
After you go in there are mens and womens changing rooms that are very nice and there are locks on all the lockers and they give you towels and robes. You are required to take a shower naked before you go in the water. No one is checking but everyone did it. The have floaties and boards by the lagoon for the kids. Wow is that water hot, but you get used to it, the farther you go out the hotter it gets. There is an actual spitting/smoking vulcano in the middle of the lagoon, I saw one lady who got a little water splashed on her right out of the vulcano and she moved quick...must of been hot. Also there is salty/pumas mixture all over the bottom of the man made pools that is supposed to be very good for your skin...so everyone is rubbing it all over there faces. My son and I liked the swim up bar, me for viking beer and him for a blue slushy. This place was a lot of fun but 2 hours is more than enough time here unless you go to the private spa which we did not.
It is all true about Blue Lagoon. It is realy cool and relaxing place. If you are on the rental car it is easy to find it. It is only about 40 minutes by car from Reykjavik and it is next to the airport. But if you stay in Reykjavik then you might get confused with different prices for the Blue lagoon transportation and entrance as it is offered by different companies. I have searched for the best deal and found the online company (www.iceland4you.is). It is flexibly scheduled bus collecting people from the hotels and bringing them back including the entrance fee which is a good value as the entrance itself quite high. Hopefully it will help you to save some time and money.
The Blue Lagoon is a unique geothermal spa where guests relax in warm geothermal seawater. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is an invigorating and exciting experience, whether you choose to bathe in the delicate waters surrounded by snow in the middle of winter, or while enjoying the long days of summer.
The geothermal spa's state-of-the-art facilities include: modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor Blue Lagoon pool, a conference room and a restaurant overlooking the Blue Lagoon are on the premises. A geothermal beach, lava caves and silica mud are parts of the lagoon area. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests enjoy relaxing in a lava cave and a unique geothermal steam bath.
The Blue Lagoon's warm water and natural active ingredients: salts, silica and blue green algae help our guests relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life. The Blue Lagoon's white Silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin and has revitalizing effects on the skin while the blue green algae nourishes and softens the skin. The Blue Lagoon mineral salts have balancing and relaxing effects.
The Blue Lagoon offers spa packages that include a unique combination of Blue Lagoon bathing, massage and products. Guests can choose between energy, balance and nutrition treatments. Three packages; Luxury, Deluxe and Ultimate are available within each category. In addition to the treatments, the packages include bath in the Blue Lagoon, use of a soft quality towel and a warm bathrobe. For more information on the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa visit www.bluelagoon.is.
No matter how cold it is outside, once you dip into the creamy warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, you will forget how cold you were! The Blue Lagoon is really relaxing and is large enough to not feel like you are surrounded by people. There are also separate sauna and steam rooms to work up a sweat. Locker rooms are clean and modern and there is also a cafe on site.
While not strictly in Reykjavik, every visitor to Reykjavik and Iceland will more than likely make at least one visit to this amazing place. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermally heated bathing pool located around 50 minutes drive from Reykjavik and 20 minutes from Keflavik Airport.
The Lagoon is world famous as a spa and relaxation pool which is reported to having specific healing properties especially for skin disorders. The water in the Lagoon is a unique milky blue colour due to its rich mineral composition.
To bathe in this geothermically heated water which averages 40 degrees celcius while the air temperature around you is below freezing is an amazing experience and one that will reamin with me forever.
While the Blue Lagoon is not one of Iceland's natural hot springs but is actually cut from the lava fields near Svatsengi Thermal Power Station which supplies the geothermically heated water for the Lagoon. The water is naturally supplied from sea water which flows into underground hot pots and is inturn fed into the lagoon by the power station. The water is enriched with minerals from the rock as it goes through this cycle and these minerals are what give the water its unique milky blue colour.
Very expensive entrance fee (around €20 + €5 towel rental fee on top of your bus fare) but worth it for the experience.
The Blue Lagoon is one of those great experiences you’ll want to repeat again and again. Upon exiting its worth taking a walk along the nearby footpath to see the curious blue water running through the surrounding lava fields. But just like in The Hound of the Baskervilles' don’t stray from the path!
The blue lagoon is located between Keflavik and Grindavik, about 50 km from Reykjavik. It is in the middle of a lava field, next to it stands a geothermal plant, and the contrast between the black couloured surroundings and the light blue water as well as the steam coming from the hot water all in all build an amazing scenery. It is a spa, it is said that the algae, mud and minerals in the water are good for your skin, and actually you come out of the water with a very soft skin, but with hair hard as a brick- you should use a lot of the provided conditioner then. There are 2 steam rooms (one of those in a black lava cave, very nice) and a sauna (please don`t undress there, nobody does :)). For an additional fee they offer massages in the water. There is an in-pool bar as well. Entrance fee costs abour 1400 ISK, you can rent towels (300 ISK) and bathrobes (700 ISK). There is a souvenir shop, selling Blue lagoon beauty products, a restaurant and a bistro selling muffins, hot dogs and ice cream in the spa.
Definitely do the Blue Lagoon trip on the way to or from Keflavik Airport. It will be cheaper than doing it separately and your luggage will be kept on the bus. There a secure lockers at the pool, but not large enough for luggage. I'd suggest doing this trip on the return journey so that your swimming things are not festering in your hotel room. There are hairdryers and shampoo, so you don't need to bother to take your own. You can even hire a towel and swimsuit (at a price).
There's no doubt that the Blue Lagoon is one of the most touristy things to do while you're in or near Reykjavik, but it also happens to be one of the most unique places to visit as well as being lots of fun. The lagoon is actually the run-off from a geothermal power plant, and the algae in the water create a unique blue hue; it's not like a swimming pool, where the tiles are painted blue! An area of laval rock has been sealed up, essentially, to create a series of pools, and you can float your way from one area to the next, taking in warmer or cooler water, a "waterfall", silica mud masks, and steam rooms. Thanks to a very clever chip system on the bracelet you get when you check in, you can even get yourself a beer without having to carry your wallet around. Instead, you pay on the way out. It's the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing or driving: the evening trip out there was one of the highlights of our trip!