cont'd from tip 1):
There is one parking space, one entrance (smack in the middle of lava fields, so sneaking in from anywhere is at your own peril!), a reception where the questions are how many persons, need a towel, bathing suit? and you get a moisturizer to apply after the soak (quite salty, really dries you out). Your ticket is a plastic armband with some kind of chip that serves to lock and unlock your locker in the changing rooms. Self explanatory, but takes some time to figure out. Nothing can go wrong, though. After paying you choose men/women, and then there are several color-coded sections with locker and changing rooms, leave your shoes outside (space for them). Leave anything of metal as even gold will corrode in this water. Remember your section of changing room, go for the lagoon via shower rooms (yep, do take a shower) and you are a few steps from the entry point to the lagoon. Don't jump in, but walk the steps. The bottom is full of volacanic sand and some fairly smooth rocks. As you cannot see the bottom because of the silica and mineral coloured water be careful. Children do have to be with parents to get in. No warnings of "hot spots" in the water, but the spurting artificial geysir and the wooden decks here and there are areas of very hot water.
For the spa stuff, check out their web site.
The parking is free.
The entry ticket is ISK 1500 per adult, less for children.
Towel rental is ISK 300.
The cafeteria is not cheap.
The restaurant is very good.
The Blue Lagoon is open from morning till 21 in the evening. You can stay in the water until 21.45.
Geothermal spa are rich with blue-green algae, minerals and silica mud which are all really good for your skin and gives the water an odd colour. The water is constantly around 38 degrees celsius, some parts are extremely hot! When you get there you pay and you can rent towels and robes which come in handy when you need to dash from the pool to the building in just your bikini and it's minus something degrees outside! Bizarre feeling when your in really hot water and you've got freezing wind beating in your face. Once your in, there are tubs of silica mud (also found at the bottom of the pool, you'll feel it underfoot - very sludgey!!) that you can scoop out to put on your face. Truely surreal experiance, especially if you're there early enough to watch the sun come up.
Pretty much every organized tour in Iceland will take you there, but if you're travelling on your own, make sure you don't miss this! The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa which was seemingly built in the middle of nowhere (actually, it was built right next to the original, natural blue lagoon where locals used to bathe): if you take time to walk around the pool, you will see volcanic rock all around you. It's a fantastic setting for a fantastic place. Since it's not far from Keflavík Airport, you can even go there between connecting flights with Reykjavík Excursions (visit www.re.is or call 580-5400), a local travel agency.
If you get hungry between dips, there is an indoor café as well as an upmarket restaurant specializing in Asian dishes.
Blue Lagoon is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with slightly longer hours from mid-May to the end of August (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Swimsuits, towels and robes can be rented on-site, but to save money, bring your own.
The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most supernatural looking body of water on Earth. Descriptions of its waters range everywhere from “the same color as the new Gatorade drink” to “frosty blue.”
The temperature averages about 40C (104F), and the soothing, mineral-rich water is rumored to have curative powers.
Though the lagoon looks like something born from Iceland’s otherworldly landscape, it is actually man made. It was created by run-off from the Svartsengi power plant, which pumps up the geothermally heated water from a full mile below the surface. After being used to generate both heat and electricity, the excess (which is absolutely clean) is ejected into the lagoon.
You can have a professional massage and spa treatmetns at the Blue Lagoon. They offer 14 varieties/treatments and most of it seemed great. However, I'd leave out the pregancy massage from my "things-to-do" at the SPA. There is also a chance of children 6-11 to have a massage here - 15 minutes. For prebooking, ordering, enqiry, try the web site and email address.
Everybody told me to go here before I went to Iceland - and such uniform advice makes me doubt the advice... So it took me a few days and a very dusty and sweaty day touring Reykanes to finally succumb to pressure and go.
I am now among those thousands recommending the place! The commercial profile is very low key, and the entry fee (ISK 1500) is well worth it. There are no water slides, toy things or anything to do apart from SPA sort of treatment, a post-soak cafe or restaurant and a souvenir shop and skin treatment shop - you basically wade around and soak. You can swim, but it is not deep enough for diving in from the sides, it's all wading deep. You can wade to a place where you find a temperature that suits you. Essentially it is a massive hot tub.
There are so may reviews of the place that I will only tell you the how-to:
Take a designated bus from Keflavik or the city to the Blue Lagoon (everybody can advice you from where and when) and return the same way, or do it in transit upon arrival Keflavik or just before departure. A taxi from the city would set you back some ISK 8000. Much less from Keflavik. By rental car you can sweep in here after a day's journeying and coming back from the south or east.
Now, see tip no 2) on the Blue Lagoon.
This is a nice diversion from the hectic life in Reykjavik. Where you can swim in not so deep water that is feed by the power plant that you can see across the water as it hisses out steam into the air.
In the past few years there has been a visitors center added as well as sectioned off pools to swim in. When I first went to the Lagoon it was an interesting experience. There was a changing room and you went out the back to the pool where there was a rope showing the limits where it was safe to swim. you had to swim through cold then to hot water where it was being pumped out of the plant. That was cool. Sort of free style adventure.
I guess you could go to the Blue Lagoon in the summer time and still enjoy the full pleasure of a soothing mineral bath. The mud will still feel good on your face, the waterfall will give your body a therapeutic pounding, the water will still be warmer than the air. But - come on, you really don't experience the FULL Blue Lagoon treatment unless you visit in the winter, preferably on a cold and sleety day. YOU KNOW you really want to.
The water temperature: around 100 Fahrenheit. The air temperature: 38 Fahrenheit. The skies cloudy, with intermittent sleet providing a cooling shower.
Nothing in my recent travel history was more RELAXING, more HEALTHFUL, more RE-ENERGIZING than my visit to the Blue Lagoon pools and spa in Iceland. This was the perfect way to end my (short) visit to Iceland, and to prepare my return to the daily and ordinary world of work and household chores and the daily grind. There's something wonderfully egalitarian and democratic about the Blue Lagoon, too. Everybody is equal in the pool, it's not about beauty or looks or age. You'll hear voices from all over the world, you'll see all body types and sizes, you'll be with a global community of water worshippers. I thought it was practically a religious experience - I felt somehow spiritual being immersed in the hot waters of Iceland. (Maybe it's different in the summer months.)
The Blue Lagoon is an incredible natural phenomenon! This geothermal heated outdoor seawater pool is known for it's healing power. A small portion of the pool is enclosed and connected to the dressing area so visitors can enter and exit to the outdoor water from the warmth and comfort of the inside. It is so relaxing to sit in the warm water and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the surrounds. There is an indoor cafe as well as gift shop. There are a wide variety of spa treatments available.
Think Iceland and you think Aurora Borealis, glaciers, geyers and The Blue Lagoon. It is part of what makes Iceland famous and no trip would be complete without a 'pilgrimage' to this wonderful geothermal spa. The lagoon is just over 30 minutes from Reykjavik and is served almost hourly by many of the tour operators in the region. Get your hotel reception to phone and book a trip for you.
Before entering the lagoon you will obviously need to change into a swimming costume. It is a local custom to remove shoes before entering the change rooms, so be sure to do this to avoid any 'nasty' looks. Have a warm shower and then head out to enjoy the warm waters. I left my towel on one of the towel racks right next to the lagoon and it wasn't there when I returned so I would advise leaving it in your locker. Don't miss the white mud that sits in the wooden boxes near the steam rooms. Apparently its great for one's complextion.... I have no idea what that means.
The trip is not cheap, expect to pay about $40 for your entrance and transport. But I think it is worth every cent.
Easily the most photographed site in all of Iceland, The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most supernatural looking body of water on Earth. The temperature in the swimmable area averages about 40C (104F), and the soothing, mineral-rich water is rumored to have curative powers.
Though the lagoon looks like something born from Iceland’s otherworldly landscape, it is actually man made. It was created by run-off from the Svartsengi power plant, which pumps up the geothermally heated water from a full mile below the surface.
The blue lagoon is a must see... if you want a romantic trip then visit the lagoon at night. The outdoor temperature might be below freezing, but you do not notice it when submerged in the the lagoon or hiding away in the geothermal caves.
As I know, most of the tourists will join the tour to go to Blue Lagoon. We join the tour, too. According to what the local people told us, it would be much cheaper if you go there by yourself, but it seems that there are no public transport available! If you really want to go there by yourself, you better rent a car!
This is my personal favorite. One important thing: Girls if you have long hair don't wet it in the lagoon. It's nice on warm summer days and even better on winter nights (or dark winter days). You can get a massage there and good food. It's about 40 minutes from Reykjavik. Its about halfway between there and the airport.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool and spa located in the Reykjanes peninsula, roughly 15 miles east of the Keflavik International Airport. This was one of the last things I did in Iceland and it was the best way to wind down a busy trip.
The Blue Lagoon has a geothermal power station located nearby which takes in sea water and warms it up to a temperature of 37-39C (about 100F). The water is then jettisoned into the lagoon. There are also buckets of exfoliating white mud silica, which people use to put on their face.
People go to the Blue Lagoon regardless of the whether and many transatlantic travelers stop over for a few hours in Iceland just for the purpose of hitting it up!
Price of Admission: 1200 ISK (20USD)
After sightseeing or other more exhausting activities a relaxing bath at the Blue Lagoon or any of the many outdoors public pools in Reykjavik is really soothing.
The Blue Lagoon probably offers the best experience, though your hair and bathing suit will be greased out by the silicone clay. The water is in general pleasantly hot, and you'll probably never take a bath again in such a strange environment.
The city pools are however a lot cheaper, so if you're on a tight budget that might be a good alternative. Icelanders in general seem to have a high tolerance for heat, and at the public pools you'll find several hot tubs varying in temperature from "normal" to burning hot. Don't enter the hottest ones unless you're experienced.