What to Know Before Visiting the Blue Lagoon Iceland


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Blue Lagoon is deservedly the most beautiful and the most visited attraction of Iceland!

We visited Blue Lagoon Iceland as our last stop on our way back to airport. It’s only 20 minutes drive to airport. That’s why most tourists choose Blue Lagoon as their first or last stop while they’re on an Icelandic vacation.

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Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland. It’s a large lake located in the middle of a huge lava rock. The lava heats the water of the lake and has transformed it into a large natural spa.

The water of the spa has an average temperature of 39°C/102°F, making it perfect for bathing.

Despite the public belief, the warm water of “Blue Lagoon” has not been formed due to a natural phenomenon. The hot water, in fact, originally came from excess water from a man-made structure called the Svartsengi geothermal power plant. That excess water was the underground very hot water which the power plant had obtained by drilling the lava rock and had used for generating geothermal power.

Blue Lagoon's Spa and Geothermal Power Plant
Blue Lagoon’s Spa and Geothermal Power Plant

There are no reasons to be worried about the health of the water though!

The water is completely clean and chemical-free and contains lots of natural minerals such as silica which are so useful for skin and body.

The silky blue color of the lagoon is due to the existence of some kind of algae in the water.

This algae is believed to be the reason why this water can cure skin diseases, although there is no scientific evidence to prove it.

In fact, the people started to bathe in this place after they realized that the water has great healing powers for curing some skin problems such as Psoriasis.

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In recent years, The Blue Lagoon has been enjoying lots of attention and affection from the public and the media.

For instance, it was featured by National Geographic as one of the top 25 wonders of the world. Condé Nast Traveller also has listed it as one of the top 10 spas in the world.

The cumulative popularity of Blue Lagoon has dramatically increased the number of people visiting it in recent years. It has resulted in price increase and longer reservation times.

So, if you want to visit this wonderful place while you’re on an Icelandic vacation, be prepared to spend more than $70 for an individual ticket. Most probably, you would also need to book your entry days or even weeks in advance depending on the time of the year you’re planning to do the visit. You can get a ticket through Blue Lagoon’s Official Website.

The “Blue Lagoon” is accepting visitors all year long, so you can do a visit whenever your plan permits. It’s open from 8am to 10pm, and there is no limit how long you can stay. Evenings are the most crowded and the most popular hours of the day.

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Christmas is also the time when there are lots of demand for visiting the blue lagoon. During this time the opening times are limited and you need to reserve your entry long before the holiday.

If money is not a concern, you can enjoy a comfy luxurious stay in Blue Lagoon by utilizing fan-friendly facilities and amenities provided for guests.

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Here is a list of some of the most demanding amenities you can utilize during your stay in the Blue Lagoon:

  • Blue Lagoon Bar
  • Blue Lagoon In-Water Massages
  • Blue Lagoon Lava Restaurant
  • Blue Lagoon Silica Hotel
  • The Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon
  • The Retreat Spa at Blue Lagoon
  • Moss Restaurant at Blue Lagoon

Have you ever visited the blue lagoon? Did you like the place? Share your experience with us using the comment section below.

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