The Blue Lagoon Iceland

Oh the famous Blue Lagoon, Iceland.  The most famous attraction of the tiny Iceland, it sees more visitors each year than the country’s entire population.  A giant geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon is known for its milky blue water, its steamy atmosphere and alien lava sculpted landscape.

I had my reservations about the Blue Lagoon – I worried that like so many of these lauded tourist attractions, the Blue Lagoon would let me down. But – It’s amazing. It seriously lived up to every expectation.

The Blue Lagoon is located very near Iceland’s international airport, making it the perfect place to stop on your way to or from Reykjavik. Holly and I’s rental car allowed us to stop by on our way back to DC on our last day in Iceland.

The Blue Lagoon provided us with the “Blue Lagoon Experience” which, in addition to entrance to the Blue Lagoon, includes towel and bath robe rental as well as a complimentary drink and facial treatment. Upon checking in, we were handed our towel and robe as well as several wrist bands that could be exchanged for our drinks and facial masks. We were also given an electronic bracelet which gave us access to the spa area and served as our locker key. I had heard a lot of warnings about the legendary Blue Lagoon locker room nudity, but it honestly it wasn’t anything to be concerned over. I wore my swimsuit under my clothes on the way in and showered in it before entering the lagoon. Afterwards it was easy to find a private place to quickly change. The Lagoon is seriously huge. Standing in it, you can’t even see the other side. Its really well designed to feel natural (even though its not) with rocky outcrops and wooden bridges. We spent a long time soaking in the water and wandering around the lagoon to see all the different seating areas and features. Our favorite was the waterfall. According to Lonely Planet, it was supposed to feel as though you were being “pummeled by a troll.” I’m not sure I got that feeling, but it was fun nonetheless.

The other fun thing to do at the Blue Lagoon is cover yourself and the special mud that is supposedly good for your skin. It’s also very entertaining. I will spare you the 1000 photos we took of ourselves covered in mud and just let you use your imagination.

The mud is not just hanging out around the Lagoon. It’s stored in wooden containers dotted around the spa with special metal scoops. You can get as much as you want to lather up your face. You are supposed to leave it on for 5-10 minutes while it hardens and then wash it off.

After we explored the Lagoon, it was time to hit up the Lagoon Bar for our drinks and facial masks. I bet you can guess which one we got first.

In a move of pure genius, the Blue Lagoon as a signature cocktail – which to my delight included champagne. As you can see it was bright blue and tasted delicious. Next up were our facial masks. Each bracelet gave us a portion large enough for two people, so we were able to get both the “volcano scrub” and the “aloe mask.”  Once again, I will spare you the really attractive pictures of the experience.

After about two hours of relaxing, it was time to head out to the airport. I had been a little nervous about going from the blue lagoon to a plane for five hours, but with a little pre-planning everything went really well. Here are my tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon before your flight:

1. Make sure to bring a comfortable change of clothes and keep them dry in the provided lockers.

2. The Blue Lagoon provides body wash and conditioner, make sure to use plenty of conditioner before and after your visit and don’t put your hair in the water – it will ruin it.

3. Bring a hair brush, the Blue Lagoon provides hair dryers.

4. If you are worried about packing a wet bathing suit for your flight back, you can always rent one from the Blue Lagoon. The other option (which is what we did) is to bring an old suit you don’t mind throwing away after your visit.

5. It’s possible to take a bus directly from the Blue Lagoon to the airport, but if possible I recommend driving and dropping your car off at the airport.

That’s all! I highly recommend a visit if you are headed to Iceland anytime soon!_______________________________________________________________________________

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Blue Lagoon for providing us with a complimentary Blue Lagoon Experience. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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11 Responses to The Blue Lagoon Iceland

  1. Megan says:

    ahhh i have dreamed of doing this since i was little. i was in iceland last july and didnt get a chance to experience it but i am determined to do it next time im around! great photos liz!

  2. That looks like so much fun! What a wonderful way to wrap up your final day in Iceland. It really seems like a one-of-a-kind experience!

  3. Luke says:

    Blue Lagoon is a great place even better if the staff little bit friendlier. We were there on May 25th, we have no complain about the place, just the staff, very time we asked questions or asked for directions, their answer were short & abrupt such as “What do you want?”, No! Shrugged then just walked away (we asked if they have any an additional washroom for man since the one in the lobby was out of order, later on we found out that they had another washroom on the second floor but we had to find it by ourselves).
    Never less, Blue Lagoon is very a special place, the view is spectacular and the pool is morvelous. Would we come back to visit again? Maybe not.

    • ElizabethJ_Bird says:

      I’m sorry you had a bad experience! I didn’t have any issue with the staff but I know how frustrating that can be

  4. rob says:

    Sounds like a fun experience. Between you and Amanda (dangerous biz) I’m now seriously envious. I’ve had Iceland on my list for a long time, and this year’s inability of *other* people to plan messed up my chance for this year. Next year for sure.

    I am fascinated that you too felt the need to mention the nudity in the change rooms, as did Amanda. Perhaps men live in a different world than women (I’m told this is true) but every high school, college, and post-college gym/health club that I’ve been to has a change room with an assortment of naked people walking around, hot-tubbing or showering. The nudity isn’t really even noticed.

    Anyway.. I like the idea of the Blue Lagoon just before the flight home. A unique exit from a unique country! Especially if one books a massage, too!

    Now to go read about the rest of your experience!

    But you really should have included at least one “covered in mud/volcanic mask/aloe” photo :)

    • ElizabethJ_Bird says:

      I think I only mentioned the nudity because it came up in so many of the other posts I read. It didn’t seem to be such a big deal when I was there but I know other people have been surprised by it.

      • rob says:

        I understand.
        I’m just glad that there’s a consensus that the lagoon is awesome, along with Iceland in general. Next year for sure! :)

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  6. guess who? says:

    I would recognize those cute pink toes anywhere!

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