The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

It always pays to make friends with the locals whenever you are visiting foreign places.  That was exactly how my visit to the Blue Lagoon was made a touch more delightful.

This outdoor, manmade lagoon is one of the most visited attractions within Iceland.  So much so that you don’t even need to make a full trip to this country in order to take a dip in its milky blue water goodness.  There are flights to Europe that often makes layover in Keflavik and passengers can easily take a 20 minute bus ride from the airport to here while waiting for their next flights.  As for me, who was already on a trip in Iceland, this was one of my top places to experience.

As mentioned prior, after having a lovely conversation with a local ice-cream shop owner and upon his learning about my planned visit here, he offered me a much appreciated tip.  I was told to not take the main entrance after the bus drop off.  Instead if I veered left of it I would find a small side path that would take me on a nice little stroll through the unusual landscape that surrounds this location (which you can see from many of the photos below.)  This would have been missed otherwise since the majority of the main entrance is flanked by high rock walls.

The lagoon water, which is fed by water output of a nearby geothermal plant, stays at a constant temperature average of 99–102 °F(37–39 °C).  This sounds hot but it can be an exquisite warm up for those Icelandic cold weather days.  It is also rich in minerals that are said to sooth skin conditions like psoriasis.  Unfortunately one of these minerals is sulfur and it can make you feel like you are in the company of rotten eggs. In fact it’s present in practically all the pipe waters of Iceland, so showering could be torture to those with sensitive noses.

If you are planning a trip here and is interested in some more information, please stay tuned after the photo jump for more reads 🙂

Happy wandering!

xx Lan

Camera used: Canon S95                 Date taken: April 2013

Follow the path on the left of the main entrance shown in the photo at the bottom left.

Follow the path on the left of the main entrance shown in the photo at the bottom left.

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The water is actually milky white, but because of the silica content and reflection from the skylight, it looks more blue.

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The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures.

The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures.  After its journey up through the plant’s harnessing, it cools to a more comfortable 100°F (38 °C)

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There's a mini bar for refreshments. It is recommended that you stay hydrated often while soaking.

There is a mini bar for refreshments. It is recommended that you stay hydrated often while soaking due to the temperature of the water.

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Official Site: The Blue Lagoon

You can check out the official site for operating hours and pricing as that can often change.

SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FACILITY:

  • At various corners of the lagoon are small pits of clay that bathers can spread on for a nice spa experience.
  • After purchasing an entrance fee, you are given wristbands that also act as digital keys to your storage lockers.  There are showers for before and after using the lagoon.  All guests are required to shower prior to entering the lagoon.
  • The changing rooms have hairdryers and full large mirrors.
  • There is a small cafe that serves soups, sandwiches, and drinks.  As well as larger dining options.
  • There are gift shops that offer selections of Icelandic skincare products and furry accessories in addition to the usual small tourist gifts.


Click this link for specific information about distance, time, luggage storage, public transportation, etc. to plan a quick drop by: 
 How to Get There
It’s useful for estimating your timing if you are planning on stopping there on the way to the airport or visiting during a flight transfer.