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Iceland's Blue Lagoon

The Most Famous Geothermal Spa in Iceland

Just a short drive away from Reykjavík, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is the best-known spa in the country. Take a dip into warm geothermal waters and surround yourself with top Icelandic nature. Due to the enormous popularity of the lagoon, it is essential that visitors book sessions in advance.

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Imagine soaking in geothermally heated water that’s rich in minerals and surrounded by epic landscapes. Relaxing in this environment is good for your skin and a real treat for mind, body, and soul. The iconic white silica mud mask is also free to all lagoon guests.

The spa offers comfort, premium, and luxury packages. You can add extra items to the comfort or standard packages. Exclusive Blue Lagoon products are available at the Skin Care Shop. Nearby, find a popular café and Lava Restaurant.

The Blue Lagoon can thank the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant for its development. In 1976 employee Valur Margeirsson asked if he could swim in the geothermal pool created by Svartsengi´s operations. He suffered from psoriasis and did not want to swim in a public pool. The soothing water healed his skin. When other psoriasis sufferers tried it, their condition also improved greatly. Today the Blue Lagoon Clinic is an internationally recognized psoriasis treatment facility.

For those who are short of time, we recommend booking a combination tour that includes the Blue Lagoon. Choose between multi-day Iceland tours or a day tour and let us take care of the rest!

What is the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in a lava field near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Iceland and well-known all over the world. The Blue Lagoon is located a 15-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport and a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík.

Is the Blue Lagoon natural or man-made?

Both! The water, the minerals, the white silica mud, the green algae, the color of the lagoon, the steam, and the moss-covered lava — this is all natural.

Blue Lagoon Iceland steam

On the other hand, the way the water comes up from the ground, the way it’s moved to a perfectly shaped lagoon, the even pool bottom, and the temperature of the water are not nature’s work.

We still refer to the Blue Lagoon as “au naturel” due to its natural minerals, pure water, and healing powers.

History of the Blue Lagoon

Reykjanes Peninsula, where the Blue Lagoon is located, is an active volcanic area. The peninsula and its surrounding landscape host many volcanoes, calderas, and craters.

Man floating at the Blue Lagoon

In the year 1226, six volcanic craters exploded at the same time. The explosions caused major damage to the area in the form of the astonishing lava field, Illahraun, that we continue to admire today. Part of the lava terrain is called Svartsengi (i.e. The Black Meadow), and since the year 1976, an active power station has been located there.

The Blue Lagoon’s unique minerals were discovered at the power station drilled into the area. As they began to drill, a thick, almost neon-blue water appeared. Unfortunately, this water wasn’t great for the power station since it coated the engines and stopped them from running entirely.

As a result, the workers dumped this trouble-making water onto the lava field and resumed to a safer area to pump water. Meanwhile, the silica-rich water quickly coated the lava rocks, sealing in the water, and creating the lagoon that we now know as the Blue Lagoon.

People bathing in the Blue Lagoon Iceland

People long believed the water to be poisonous until one of the Power Station’s workers, Valur Margeirsson, started bathing in the lagoon. He noticed that the mineral-rich water greatly improved his existing skin conditions.

More people then started to bathe in the lagoon. However, the lagoon was very unsafe as certain areas were extremely hot and its depth ranged from 1 meter (3 ft) to 7 meters (22 ft).

The Blue Lagoon Company

To meet the demand of people wanting to safely bathe in the lagoon, the Blue Lagoon company was established in 1992. Measures were put in place to guarantee visitors were completely safe while bathing in the lagoon waters.

Blue Lagoon Entrance stone

Soon after, a clinic specializing in treatments for psoriasis patients opened and doctors even began prescribing that their patients bathe in the lagoon.

Today, the Blue Lagoon waters remain the number one treatment for psoriasis in Iceland.he company runs a lab where scientists continue to research the minerals in the water.

Where is the Blue Lagoon located?

GPS coordinates of Blue Lagoon 63.8804° N, 22.4495° W

The Blue Lagoon is set in the heart of the lava landscape at Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula, about 6 mi (10km) from Keflavík International Airport. Visitors often schedule their time at the Blue Lagoon to coincide with their arrival or departure flights.

How to get to the Blue Lagoon

There are a few different ways to get to the Blue Lagoon. Buses from both Keflavík airport and Reykjavík run every hour. You can also take a taxi or rent a car. Parking at the Blue Lagoon is free.

The drive from Reykjavík to the Blue Lagoon isn’t long. Take road 41, called Reykjanesbraut, from the capital area until you see a clear sign to make a right turn. Then take the busy road toward the Blue Lagoon. Signs lead the way and the steam that rises from the lava field will signal that you are close.

The Blue Lagoon is only about a 15 min drive from Keflavík airport. You can choose a rental car, a shuttle bus that runs every hour, or one of the bus companies that stops at the Blue Lagoon on the way to the city center.

When is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is warm and welcoming year-round. The only real difference apart from the weather is the price. The cost  is always lower during the off-season while summer is the priciest time to visit.

Northern Lights at Blue Lagoon

The best time to visit the Blue Lagoon is first thing when you land in Iceland or right before your flight home because the airport is located close to the lagoon.

Blue Lagoon at Night

During the summer months when the sun in Iceland never sets, the Blue Lagoon stays open late. From June to August, you can soak in the spa until 23:00. Enjoy the waters until 21:00 during the rest of the year.

Blue Lagoon at Night

At night (which comes early during winter months), the lagoon has a special, romantic and intimate atmosphere. Most children are away, so it’s also a bit quieter.

If you’re wondering whether you can see the Northern Lights at the Blue Lagoon, you might be lucky! In order to see the auroras, you need a dark sky away from light pollution. While the spa is quite well-lit, you might still spot the Northern Lights, although they won’t be as intense as they are in the wild.

Opening Hours of the Blue Lagoon

Date Opening Hours
1 Jan – 4 Jun 8:00 a.m. – 21:00 p.m.
5 Jun – 23 Aug 7:00 a.m. – 23:00 p.m.
24 Aug – 31 Dec 8:00 a.m. – 21:00 p.m.

Holiday Opening Hours

Date Opening Hours
24 Dec 8:00 a.m. – 15:00 p.m.

What are the prices at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon?

The admission ticket for a visit to the Blue lagoon starts at 6 990 ISK per adult. Once you are in the lagoon, you are free to stay until closing.

Couple Enjoying the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The price for a standard Comfort ticket starts at 6 990 ISK or 52 USD per adult, but can change depending on the time and season.

Included in Comfort:

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica mud mask
  • Use of towel
  • 1st drink of your choice

The next upgrade us to a Premium and the price starts at 9 990 ISK or 75 USD. This upgrade includes:

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica mud mask
  • Use of towel
  • 1st drink of your choice
  • Second mask of choice
  • Slippers
  • Use of bathrobe
  • Restaurant table reservation (optional)
  • Sparkling wine if dining

Another option is Luxury Retreat Spa, and the price begins at 59 000 ISK or 441 USD. This upgrade includes:

  • 4 luxurious hours at the Retreat Spa
  • Private changing suite
  • Unlimited access to both the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon

What can you do at the Blue Lagoon?

Woman retreats at Blue Lagoon Spa
Once you enter the Blue Lagoon, you can stay for as long as you want. Here are a few things you can do at the Blue lagoon:

  • Order a massage. During the massage, you float on a mattress in the water and the massage therapists use products made from the water minerals.
  • Enjoy a sauna and a steam cave made from lava rocks.
  • Go under a powerful waterfall! It’s a free massage and feels super nice. Just try to keep your hair out of the water.
  • Visit the relaxation area. The lagoon is quite warm so it feels good to take a break from soaking in the water.
  • Try out local food at Lava or Moss restaurants.
  • Take a Blue Lagoon tour. There are special guides that you can book a tour with that’ll tell and show you everything about the lagoon.
  • Put on the masks. Silica is available for anyone visiting!
  • Get your picture taken. Friendly greeters take photos and send them to your email for free.
  • Enjoy

The Blue Lagoon Masks – Silica, Lava and Algae masks

The line of Blue Lagoon Skin Care Products is constantly being developed, but the main four masks are the Lava Scrub Mask, the Silica Mud Mask, Algae Mask, and the Mineral Mask.

Woman with skin care mask at the Blue Lagoon

Here are Blue Lagoon mask reviews:

The Silica Mud Mask

The most famous mask of the four is the Silica Mud Mask. Silica mud is natural and mainly dissolved from the primary rock straight from the Earth’s mantle. Silica is the biggest influencer in the water at the Blue Lagoon.

Silica’s main function is to strengthen the skin, renew, exfoliate and deep cleanse. This is the main product of the Blue Lagoon skincare, which is handed out free to those bathing in the Blue Lagoon.

The Lava Scrub Mask

Composted of actual lava grains, lava scrub masks are an extraordinary exfoliator and leave skin feeling smooth and energized.

The Scrub Mask is best suited for those looking for a deeper cleanse. If you have sensitive skin, it might be too harsh for you.

The Algae Mask

The Algae mask nourishes and firms skin. The Algae is mainly made of blue-green algae that grows in the water and colors the lagoon in summer.

The Algae mask is especially great for those with dry skin and for those looking for an anti-aging remedy. It’s not suitable for those prone to acne or oily skin.

The Mineral Mask

Composed of some of the Blue Lagoon’s most unique minerals, the mineral mask gives your skin deep hydration and renewed vitality. Apply it on clean skin and the mask will make you feel relaxed and fresh.

Accommodation and Hotels near the Blue Lagoon

  • Northern Lights Inn
  • Geo Hotel Grindavík
  • Guesthouse Borg
  • Mar Guesthouse
  • Harbour View
  • Anita’s Guesthouse
  • Lágafell Guesthouse

The Blue Lagoon company has two different accommodation options for those looking to stay the night. There is the “original” Blue Lagoon Silica Hotel and now the luxurious Blue Lagoon Retreat.

The Blue Lagoon Silica Hotel

Originally thought of as a treatment hotel, the Silica Hotel was designed for extreme comfort, wellness, and wellbeing.

There is a tranquil private lagoon for visitors with an inside entrance and buckets of the Silica Mud mask. Take the walking path from the Silica Hotel to the Blue Lagoon, where you have free admission throughout your stay.

The price for the night starts at 526 USD.

The Retreat Hotel at the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Iceland landscapeThe Retreat is the newest addition to the Blue Lagoon complex and the first 5-star hotel in Iceland. If you are looking for a unique experience, this is the way to go. The Retreat is a designer hotel with intense beauty at every corner, a private lagoon, a spa, and a high-class restaurant. Each room gives you access to your own private smaller lagoon or a private balcony with splendid horizon views.

A night at the Retreat Hotel includes a la carte breakfast and access to the Retreat Spa and Ritual, Retreat Lagoon, Blue Lagoon skincare amenities, in-room minibar, guided group hikes, yoga sessions, a host, access to the fitness center and more!

The price for the night starts at 1 210 USD.

The Blue Lagoon Restaurants

Lava Restaurant

Lava Restaurant features views of the Blue Lagoon. Large panoramic windows turn the restaurant into a spacious and bright hall. The restaurant is built into a lava cliff and features outstanding interior design.

Moss Restaurant

Moss Restaurant is the newest addition to the dining scene around the lagoon. Members of the National Chef Team in Iceland work at both Lava and Moss restaurants. The views, the interior design, and the fresh local ingredients make for the perfect culinary experience.

Café Bryggjan

Café Bryggjan is a charming fisherman’s café in Grindavik, a few miles away from the spa. The cafe is located on the pier and is a popular spot among locals, who come by for the lobster soup.

What does the Blue Lagoon do to your hair?

Woman soaking in the Blue Lagoon

There is an ongoing myth about the Blue Lagoon ruining your hair. But the truth is that the Blue Lagoon is good for your hair! You can read more about what the silica-rich water does to your hair.

Filming at the Blue Lagoon


  • Hostel Part II (2007). The Blue Lagoon is meant to be a place in Italy in the film by director Eli Roth.
  • The Fifth Estate (2013). The Blue Lagoon is used as a backdrop for scenes in Iceland.

TV Shows

  • The Simpsons (2013). At the end of an episode, the crew celebrates and relaxes in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.

The simpsons at the Blue Lagoon

Music Videos

  • Melanie C – Never Be The Same Again (2000). The video was shot prior to installing new facilities at the lagoon.
  • Zara Larsson, MNEK – Never Forget You (2015) was shot in the Reykjanes lava field where the Blue lagoon sits.

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
  • Brimketill
  • Krýsuvík


FAQ – What are travelers asking about the Blue Lagoon?

Blue water and rocks at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

What to bring to the Blue Lagoon?

  • A swimsuit (you can rent one, but bringing your own saves money)
  • A towel (you can rent one on the spot)
  • Money, cash or card
  • Sunscreen. The sunlight reflects from the lagoon and causes sunburn. Be careful!
  • Hair tie/band if you have long hair. You’ll thank us later!

Is the Blue Lagoon safe?

Yes, the water in the Blue Lagoon is not only safe but even healthy because of the high concentration of silica.

Do you need flip flops for Blue Lagoon?

Most people prefer to wear flip flops walking around in the water. You can buy flip flops at the Blue Lagoon’s reception desk.

Does the Blue Lagoon smell?

The Blue Lagoon has a sulfur smell because of the high mineral content in the water. However, it’s not dangerous and you’ll get used to the smell in a few minutes.

Can you take your phone in the Blue Lagoon?

You can bring your phone with you to the Blue Lagoon. However, it’s best to keep it in a zip bag for safety or simply leave it in your locker.

Is the Blue Lagoon worth it? Is it a tourist trap?

Even though admission to the Blue Lagoon costs money and the pool itself is man-made, it’s not any less special. The water is rich in minerals and benefits your skin, while the surrounding views of the lava field can’t go unnoticed. Overall, it’s a unique and beautiful place. If you like spas and soaks in hot pools, it’s worth a visit.

Do you have to shower before the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, visitors are required to take a shower before putting on a swimsuit and entering the lagoon.

Can I swim in the Blue Lagoon and will I need goggles?

The Blue Lagoon is designed for calm and relaxed bathing, and its warm, milky waters are not suitable for vigorous exercise or diving. There is no need for goggles because the geothermal water is saturated with minerals and has a thick white and blue color, meaning that it’s impossible to see anything underneath anyway.

Can I bring my own lunch to the Blue Lagoon?

No, it’s not allowed to eat packed lunch at the Blue Lagoon.

Is the parking free at the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, you don’t need to pay for parking at the Blue Lagoon.

Do I need to book a massage at the Blue Lagoon in advance?

Yes, if you’re looking to get a massage at the Blue Lagoon, make sure to book well in advance as slots are fully booked most of the time.

Blue Lagoon at night near Restaurant

Can I wear makeup at the Blue Lagoon?

You are allowed to wear makeup into the lagoon, but if you’re going to use the masks then we recommend that you don’t.

Can someone take photos of me at the Blue Lagoon?

At the Blue Lagoon, the staff members, called “greeters”, are often walking around the area and taking complimentary photos of people. They can send them to you via email if you ask.

How deep is the Blue Lagoon?

The shallowest point is half a meter and the deepest point is around 1.60m (5.2ft)

You should be able to walk everywhere.

Is the Blue Lagoon water cold?

Not at all! The water temperature at the Blue Lagoon is from 37°C to 40°C (98°F to 104°F).

What is the price of drinks at Blue Lagoon?

A glass of beer at the Blue Lagoon will cost you around 8-10 USD, while a glass of wine is 10-12 USD.

Can pregnant women visit the Blue Lagoon?

Please consult with your doctor. Some women are okay with warm water during their pregnancy but others might struggle. Best to be safe!

What’s the difference between the premium and the comfort tickets?

Here are the additional features of the Premium ticket, that Comfort doesn’t have:

  • Second mask of choice
  • Slippers
  • Use of bathrobe
  • Restaurant Reservation
  • Sparkling wine if dining

Is it worth spending all day at the Blue Lagoon and buying a ticket via their website, or is it better to go there as a part of a guided tour and stay for a few hours?

It’s unlikely that you’ll spend the whole day at the Blue Lagoon. Usually, people spend two to three hours, because you just get bored and tired of hot water. It’s better to combine a visit to the Blue Lagoon with a guided tour and see other attractions too.

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