The wonderful Blue Lagoon
Imagine relaxing in a blend of sea-water and geothermally heated water which is rich with silica, minerals and algae, surrounded by a lunar lava landscape. This is really good for your skin and a real treat for the mind, body and soul. The iconic white silica mud face mask is free to all lagoon guests. The man-made waterfall is exhilarating and a fabulous way to ease sore muscles. There are comfort, premium and luxury packages available or extra items may be added to the comfort or standard packages. Exclusive Blue Lagoon products are available at the Skin Care Shop. The café and Lava Restaurant are popular.
The Blue Lagoon has the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant to thank for its development! In 1976 their employee, Valur Margeirsson, asked if he could swim in the pool created by Svartsengi´s operations. He suffered from psoriasis and did not want to swim in a public pool. Bathing in the soothing water healed his skin, when other psoriasis sufferers tried it their psoriasis also improved greatly. The Blue Lagoon Clinic is now an internationally recognized psoriasis treatment facility!
For those who are short of time we recommend booking a combination tour which includes the Blue Lagoon, you choose whether you want a day tour or something longer, we organize everything – what could be easier or more relaxing?
Where is the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is set in the heart of a lava landscape at Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula, about 10 km from Keflavík International Airport. Visitors often schedule their time at the Blue Lagoon to coincide with either their arrival or departure flights. The lava scenery around the lagoon will make certain those new arrivals truly appreciate they have arrived in Iceland! The attractions of Reykjavík are very easy to reach less than 50 km away.
What can you do at the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is not just a pool, the Blue Lagoon is more like a spa. You can get an upgrade from the standard ticket and get a robe and slippers. There is the famous silica mud mask that will make your skin feel amazing. You can order a massage, in the water, so it feels like you are floating in thin air and there is both a sauna and a steam bath. The Blue Lagoon is a wondrous place with an excellent reward winning restaurant called Lava and a great caféteria for those looking to save a buck!
There is an inbuilt water bar in the water so you won’t even have to get out to get a drink and it’s all just charged to the bracelet that you get upon entrance that is actually also your locker key, so convenient!
There is a relaxing area for those who look to catch a break from the warmth, quite popular for those looking to fix a hangover or are feeling jetlagged. They have an amazing shop with souvenir and all the Blue lagoon products along with Icelandic design clothing and jewelry. Really, you can spend all day at the Blue lagoon and not a moment will feel wasted.
How far is the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik airport and how to get there?
The Blue Lagoon is only about a 15 min drive from Keflavík airport and the transportation is very easy. Many take a rental car at the airport, other take a shuttle bus that goes every hour and other buy a ticket from one of the bus companies that offer a “layover” at the Blue Lagoon on the way to the city center. Any of these three options are recommended.
Latitude: N +63.881363 (63°52’52.9068″N)
Longitude: W -22.453115 (-22°27’11.214″W)
When is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon?
Any season really, the Blue Lagoon is always warm and welcoming. The only real difference apart from weather can be the price as it’s depending on demand so the price is lower during off season, this means that summertime is the priciest time to visit.
The best time during your stay would be when you are leaving for the airport or just arriving since the airport is located so close to the Blue Lagoon it’s the perfect combo. Either you’ll feel completely relaxed on the plane and ready to go to sleep or you’ll shake that jet-lagged feeling right off and get your mind and body soaked into Icelandic waters before you ultimate Icelandic adventure!
What to bring to the Blue Lagoon?
- A swimsuit (you can rent one but it saves money bringing your own)
- A towel (again can rent but save $ if you don’t)
- Money, cash or card
- Sunscreen, any sunlight reflects very much from the lagoon making this place the ultimate for sunburning. Be on the lookout!
- Hair tie/band if you have long hair, you’ll thank us later!
Filming at the Blue lagoon Hollywood Films, Tv Shows and Music Videos
Hostel part II (2007) where the film shows the Blue Lagoon it is supposed to be in Italy at a spa chosen by the director Eli Roth.
The Fifth Estate (2013) The Blue Lagoon is used as a backdrop.
Melanie C – Never Be The Same Again (2000) shot prior to the changes that were made facilities.
Zara Larsson, MNEK – Never Forget You (2015) shot in the Reykjanes lava field that the Blue lagoon sits in.
Interesting places near the Blue Lagoon
- Grindavík fishing village
- Gunnuhver geyser
- Seltún geothermal area
- The Viking World Museum
- The Museum of Rock and Roll
- Kleifarvatn lake