Tips For Visiting The Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular sites and something on many people’s bucket list.
Everyone has seen the stunning pictures of the sky blue milky water. It certainly isn’t just a great experience, but also a perfect place to take awesome travel photos!
The Blue Lagoon is located south of Keflavik Airport: 23 km or 20 minutes away from the airport and 49 km from the centre of Reykjavík.
There are shuttle transfers available to the Lagoon from both locations.
Best is to visit the lagoon either during a half day trip from Reykjavík or during your stopover from the airport. Iceland Air offers great stopover deals between Europe and the Americas for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.
You can also include your visit in your way from or to the airport. There are luggage storage facilities available at all sizes that fit even big suitcases.
How much time should I spend at the lagoon?
Well, this certainly depends on you and what kind of facilities you are planning to use. I would say no longer than 4 hours. The water of the lagoon is rich on minerals and sulphur with a constant temperature of 37°-40°C (98°-104°F), year-round. It is not really hot, but more like a bathtub feeling. Trust me, the warm water and sulphur smell you get tired after a while!
How much is the entrance?
There are several packages available and prices differ from summer to winter season. The summer season lasts from 01st June to 31st August and prices are slightly higher.
The basic package is EUR 40 during winter and EUR 50 during summer. It includes the entrance ticket, a mud mask and free use of the facilities such as steam bath, sauna and the relaxing area. Children from 2 to 13 years have free entrance when booking the basic package.
For more details on the other package options visit their website.
The basic package is just fine if you bring your own towels and slippers. You can certainly still buy drinks and food as you go and you can buy additional other add-on’s on the spot. At least this way you are not stuck with the higher package in case you change your mind and feel you don’t need any of the extras while you are there.
What kind of facilities are available?
The lagoon of course
Two bars in the water that sell alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol in Iceland is super expensive, so the USD 8.50 they charge for a large draft beer is not so bad after all.
- Free silica mud masks located in convenient swim up buckets around the Lagoon or at the bars.
- Indoor relaxing area with loungers
- Sauna and steam rooms
- An exclusive lounge for maximum 12 guests at a time. The access not part of the basic package and advance bookings are recommended in order to guarantee the space.
- In-water massages (to be booked an advance and do not include access to the lagoon)
- Indoor a la carte restaurant (Lava)
- Indoor café for drinks and light snacks
- You need to book your ticket at least 2 days in advance. Without prior booking, you will very likely not be able to enter. Simply book your ticket online and either print out the confirmation or keep the bar code of the booking on your phone. You will not only have to choose the date of your visit but also the time. There is no limitation of the duration of your stay. You can stay as long as you want.
- Bring your own swimming clothes. If you visit spontaneously and you don’t have your own, you can rent one at the reception (but of course, it’s better to have your own).
Nudity is not accepted in the lagoon.
- For ladies: Please use the conditioner (available in the showers, free of charge) before AND after your visit. The minerals wont damage your hair but will leave it very, very dry. You might also want to treat your hair with additional hair masks after your visit.
- The deepest point of the lagoon is 1.60 meters, so you don’t necessarily need to know how to swim in order to experience the lagoon.
- If you are planning to take photos or videos (and of course you would want too), get yourself a waterproof case. They sell mobile protections also inside the lagoon, but of it is quite costly.
- There is free WiFi at the lagoon. Yaay!
- Upon arrival you will get a plastic wristband. Everything you purchase will be saved on the band and you will pay either cash or by card once you leave the lagoon.