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The Blue Lagoon is not just any attraction – it's Iceland's shimmering jewel, beckoning over a million adventurers from across the globe every year. As you look at its luminous blue waters that contrast starkly with the dark, rugged lava fields, you'll instantly understand the irresistible allure.
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18 Oct 2023
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All About the Blue lagoon

A Journey Through Time and Elements

Imagine arriving at a site where the waters radiate an almost surreal blue glow, surrounded by a moonscape of ancient lava fields. This isn’t a page from a fantasy novel; it's the Blue Lagoon in all its glory. Yet, the most fascinating tale is that this celestial lake is the gift of man and nature intertwined.

What stands today as an oasis of relaxation was originally the aftermath of a nearby power plant's workings. As fate would have it, instead of disappearing into the rocky embrace of the lava fields, the milky-blue waters decided to dance on the surface, giving birth to the Blue Lagoon in 1976.

By the 1980s, curious locals began to explore these waters, naturally warmed by the heartbeats of geothermal energy. To their amazement, the water’s rich silica content seemed to weave magic, healing numerous skin conditions. Let’s debunk a myth: the mesmerising milky hue isn’t the work of chemicals or radioactivity. It’s pure, natural silica – the very essence that distinguishes the Blue Lagoon from any other hot spring in Iceland.

From humble beginnings with no amenities to rudimentary changing rooms in the late 1980s, the Blue Lagoon has undergone a magnificent transformation. Following the power plant's relocation in 1999, the lagoon evolved alongside. Today, it stands as a sanctuary of luxury, complete with avant-garde facilities, a research centre, a lavish spa, and an opulent hotel.

Step into Iceland's Majestic Spa: Choose Your Blue Lagoon Experience

Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission: Luxe at its Basic

Don't let the term 'basic' fool you. The Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission is your passport to indulgence. With this package, you get:

  • Full access to the mesmerising lagoon.
  • Premium changing facilities.
  • A revitalising silica mud mask from our exclusive in-water mud bar.
  • A refreshing drink of your choice to elevate the relaxation.
  • A plush towel because we believe in pampering you right down to the details.

Mulling over transportation? Combine your comfort admission with a Blue Lagoon transfer. Whether from Reykjavik's heartbeat or straight out of Keflavik Airport, it's likely the most hassle-free and wallet-friendly way to experience Iceland's pride and joy.

Blue Lagoon Premium Admission: Elevated Euphoria

For those with an appetite for a tad more opulence, the Blue Lagoon Premium admission beckons. This package promises:

  • Everything the Comfort Admission offers (because luxury is our baseline).
  • The choice of two additional skin-rejuvenating masks – because why stop at one?
  • Your staple complimentary drink to sip and savor as you drift in the lagoon's embrace.
  • Plus, a sparkling glass of bubbly on the house if you choose to dine amidst the sophisticated surroundings of the Lava restaurant.

If you wish to truly immerse in the depth of what the Blue Lagoon has to offer, the Premium package ensures that you soak in every bit of the magic, with no rush. Dive deep into Iceland's most prized spa treasure.

Milky blue water winding through a moss-covered lava field.

Step into a world where magic flows freely. As you embark on a curated Blue Lagoon tour, immerse yourself in its therapeutic, mineral-rich embrace. Whether you’re wondering which package will enrich your soul, how to journey to this ethereal spot or the ideal time to soak in its splendour.

Crafting a Perfect Day at the Blue Lagoon: A Guide

Dive Deeper than the Waters: Experiences to Cherish

The Blue Lagoon is more than just a dip in geothermal waters; it's a holistic journey for the soul. Apart from basking in its azure waters, consider these indulgent options:

  • Embrace Tradition: Experience the ancient allure of a sauna or cleanse your senses in the steam room.
  • Float & Meditate: Elevate relaxation with a float therapy session, guided meditation cradling you to alleviate stress and pain.
  • In-Water Euphoria: Opt for a soothing in-water massage or get radiant with masks from the swim-up bar.

Feeling peckish after your soak? Dive into an array of culinary delights:

  • Quick Indulgences: Satiate those mini-hunger pangs at the café with a snack or a warming coffee.
  • In-Water Bar Bliss: Glide over to the in-water bar, where you can enjoy your drink without ever leaving the comforting embrace of the lagoon's warm waters.
  • Fine Dining with a View: Lava Restaurant offers a tantalizing dance of gourmet Icelandic dishes, set against the mesmerizing lagoon and a wall of ancient lava.
  • Art on a Plate: Elevate your palate at Moss, where each course is a Michelin-recommended symphony of taste and presentation.

Essentials: Blue Lagoon's Do's & Don'ts

  • Hair Care: Post-soak, lavish your hair with a thorough wash. The mineral-rich waters might leave it feeling slightly stiff, though it’s all-natural. Luxuriate in complimentary showers, shampoo, and conditioner available for your convenience.
  • Silver Alert: Retire your silver jewellery to the locker. The mineral magic that makes the lagoon ethereal might temporarily darken your silver.
  • Go for Gold: On the flip side, the lagoon loves gold. Adorn your gold pieces and watch them gleam even brighter post your soak.
  • Swim with Grace: The Blue Lagoon is all about leisurely floating, not Olympic laps. With its depth at just 1.4 metres (4.7 feet), embrace slow, relaxed movements.
  • Silica Soothe: Benefit from the freely available silica-rich mud buckets. An invigorating scrub, especially for your face, it’s nature’s spa gift. For more mask varieties, the swim-up mask bar awaits.
  • Hydration is Key: Hot springs and hot tubs can be slyly dehydrating. Maintain your inner balance; sip water during your lagoon time and rehydrate generously afterwards.

Your day at the Blue Lagoon is a symphony of relaxation, culinary delight, and mindful moments. Dive in with this guide and float out, rejuvenated.

The Blue Lagoon shuttle bus travels through the terrain, with the shimmering lagoon visible in the background.

How to get to the Blue Lagoon

Nestled in the arms of the Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon awaits a mere 50 kilometres (about 31 miles) from the bustling heart of Reykjavik. The scenic drive is a delightful prelude, taking just around forty-five minutes from the capital, winding through landscapes that prepare you for the enchanting Blue Lagoon experience.

No car? No worries! Convenient shuttle buses depart daily from the BSI bus terminal, ensuring you’re always a ride away from this heavenly retreat.

For a seamless adventure, consider booking a transfer right from Reykjavik with a welcoming bonus: included admission! Dive in, spend your day marinating in the warmth of the geothermally-heated waters, and let every worry melt away.

Flying in or out of Iceland? Here's a tip: The Blue Lagoon is strategically located just 25 kilometres (about 15 miles) from Keflavik Airport. Maximize your Icelandic journey by incorporating a rejuvenating stop at the lagoon either on your way in or as a perfect goodbye. It's the ideal way to bookend your Icelandic adventure with pure bliss!

All You Need to Know about the Blue Lagoon - Frequently Asked Questions

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