General information about the wonderful Blue Lagoon
What is the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon (or Bláa Lónið in Icelandic) is a spa formed in 1976 in the middle of a lava field. This spa is special thanks to its large lake filled with 39°C/102°F milky-blue opaque water. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in the country as about 700,000 people are visiting the spa each year. It is located in the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the Southwest of Iceland.
The seawater of the Blue Lagoon is said to be good for people who suffer from Psoriasis and other skin inflammations. The water of the huge lake renews itself completely every 48 hours.
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.
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?
A brief History of the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon Resort Iceland has the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant to thank for its development! In 1976 one of their employees named Valur Margeirsson asked if he could swim into 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!
To know more about the Blue Lagoon, consult our blog about Everything you need to know about it!
Where is the Blue Lagoon Iceland located?
The Blue Lagoon is set in the heart of a lava landscape at Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Approximately 49 kilometers away from the capital Reykjavík and 21 kilometers away from Keflavík International Airport, the Blue Lagoon is the perfect first stop when coming to Iceland, or last stop before taking the plane back home.
The lava scenery around the lagoon will make certain those new arrivals truly appreciate they have arrived in Iceland!
The exact address of the Blue Lagoon Iceland is Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík (see map).
Latitude: N +63.881363 (63°52’52.9068″N)
Longitude: W -22.453115 (-22°27’11.214″W)
What is the best way to get to the blue lagoon?
If you don’t have a rental car, the best way to go to the Blue Lagoon is by bus. Whether you are departing from Keflavík International Airport or from the Icelandic capital Reykjavík, we offer both transportation possibility. Enjoy the trip from Reykjavík/Keflavik and vice versa in our new and comfortable b uses with free Wi-Fi.
From Reykjavík, the journey will last about 45 to 60 minutes and from Keflavík, the transfer is only 15 to 20 minutes. The transfer does not include the entrance fee of the Blue Lagoon and it is highly recommended to book it in advance as it often sells out. The journey is free for children under 12 years old and people from 12 to 17 have a 50% discount, so don’t hesitate anymore and let us drive you safely to this unforgettable experience. The transfer back from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavík/Keflavík is also included in the ticket.
When is the best time to visit Iceland’s 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. The price is lower during the 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 Keflavík International 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!
The best moments to see the Blue Lagoon with fewer people are early in the morning and late in the evening. However, the lagoon implemented a limit of visitors so that the lake is not overcrowded. Most of the guests spend around 2-3 hours in the lagoon, so it is always better not to come one hour before the closure time to make the most out of it without stressing out about the time.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon at night is a really good idea as there will be less people. From September to April, it is possible to see the magnificent Northern Lights with a good luck and a correct weather. The Blue lagoon is far away from the city lights of Reykjavík, and less light pollution means higher chances to see the Northern lights. What a perfect scenery to observe those natural wonders! During the summertime, the lagoon stays open later during the day so that you can enjoy the midnight sun, which is not less beautiful. Seeing the sun at midnight is something unique one can experience only in a few places around the world.
Blue lagoon Opening Hours
Even if the Blue Lagoon is open when you planned to go, booking in advance is a must and you should consider doing so some weeks or months in advance to be sure to be able to enter the wonderful lagoon. During the summertime, the lagoon is open later because there is a constant daylight, while in winter, the days are shorter. The opening hours are different from a period to another and are divided into 5 time periods during the year.
|1 Jan – 24 May||8:00 – 22:00|
|25 May – 28 Jun||7:00 – 23:00|
|29 Jun – 19 Aug||7:00 – 00:00|
|20 Aug – 1 Oct||8:00 – 22:00|
|2 Oct – 31 Dec||8:00 – 21:00|
Many people are planning to visit the Blue Lagoon for the Christmas period, which makes the perfect gift for the ones you love. The opening hours are not the same during those special days. On December 24, the lagoon will be open from 8am to 3pm and on December 25 from 8am to 4pm. On December 31, people can end the year in the best way ever and enjoy the lagoon from 8am to 5pm.
Blue Lagoon Prices
The prices to enter the Blue Lagoon always vary depending on availability and if you are booking late or early. If you are booking last minute, the cost will be higher. Plus, there is always the risk that it will be full-booked. This system is the ideal solution to have less people in the lagoon at the same time, people are more eager to pay less to enjoy the spa at a different time, when there are less people. Usually, the price is the lowest early or late in the day and during the off-season.
There are two different kind of tickets for the Blue Lagoon Iceland: The Comfort Ticket (from 6,990 ISK/66 USD for adults) and the Premium Ticket (from 9,990 ISK/94 USD for adults).
The Comfort Ticket includes the entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon, a Silica mud mask at the mask bar, a towel and one free drink of your choice. This is the most booked ticket and it really needs former reservations. The Premium Ticket adds to the comfort ticket services an algae mask, slippers, a bathrobe and a table reservation at the Lava Restaurant with sparkling wine.
There is a special ticket for the Retreat Spa from 35,500 ISK for 4 hours into this wonderful VIP spa. It includes private changing rooms, access to the Blue Lagoon and skin care services such as The Blue Lagoon Ritual (a spacious sanctuary of three interconnected chambers where you can cover your body with the treasures of geothermal seawater). But the most amazing thing about this ticket is the Retreat Lagoon which is a private part of the lagoon.
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 award 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 jet lagged. 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.
Blue Lagoon Iceland Hotels
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland has two hotels of its own: The Silica Hotel and the Retreat Hotel.
The Silica Hotel
Prices are from 53,000 ISK (500 USD) per night, is set in the heart of a lava field. In the middle of this volcanic landscape, the hotel is just ten-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. In addition to being comfortable and relaxing, the Silica hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon, available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 – 22:00. The hotel won various design awards as it is in perfect harmony with its environment. Silica Hotel has 35 spacious rooms with private facilities and a veranda with a view on the surrounding lava field.
The Retreat Hotel
Prices are from 144,000 ISK (1,350 USD) per night, is a brand new hotel which opened in April 2018. This is the best of luxury hotels, with amazing amenities and services such as a subterranean spa, a geothermal lagoon around the hotel, a restaurant and 62 suites. Each guest has an individual host who will serve as a guide and attendant. The host can book tours, manage itineraries or also inform about the arrival of the northern lights. The guests can enjoy unlimited access to all the services of the Blue Lagoon, morning yoga, guided hikes and a golf course. The suites have minimalist design, there are moss, lava and lagoon suites. The latter offers a direct access to the lagoon. The most amazing thing about this hotel is that everyone has access to the Retreat Spa with a lot of relaxing services.
There are also some cheaper hotels near the Blue Lagoon, for example in the closest city of Grindavik. There, you will find a lot of accommodation opportunities such as hotels, guesthouses, cabins, Airbnb or cottages. There are also convenient inns right by the airport.
Good to know before you go
- Unlike many people think, the Blue Lagoon is not inside Reykjavík but in the middle of an 800-year old lava field called Illahraun (“Evil Lava”)
- Showering naked is mandatory before entering the lagoon, for cleanliness reasons.
- It is better to condition your hair beforehand as the minerals in the water will make your hair a bit weird and dry.
- The entrance is free of charge for children between 2 and 13 years old.
- You won’t need your wallet inside the lagoon. Each visitor is given a wristband for the lockers and also to be able to pay everything. You will have to pay the total bill only when you leave.
- The Blue Lagoon is one of the 25 wonders of the world.
- The smell of the geothermal lagoon is special. Just like in other geothermal areas, the sulfur scent will certainly surprise most of the guests. The smell can remind you of rotten eggs, but you get used to it quickly.
- Some shampoo, body gel and conditioner are available in the showers.
- It is not allowed to eat a packed lunch inside the lagoon.
- You can store your luggage by the parking lot for 550 ISK (5 USD) per bag.
- If you wear contact lenses, take it off before entering the lagoon. If the silica goes into your eyes it will be really painful for those wearing contact lenses.
- Don’t wear any jewelry because the minerals in the water can damage it.
What to bring to the Blue Lagoon?
- A swimsuit (you can rent one but it saves money bringing your own)
- A towel if you want your own
- 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.
The Simpsons (2013) at the end of the episode, the crew celebrates and relaxes in the soothing waters of Blue Lagoon.
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