Anyone arriving on an international flight to Iceland will pass through the Keflavík Airport. While the airport is perfectly adequate, its primary defect is its distance from downtown Reykjavík. 50 kilometres. To shorten the drive, a prudent traveller may decide to stop by at the Blue Lagoon, which is conveniently located halfway between the airport and Reykjavík, roughly speaking (near the town of Grindavík). If you are planning ahead. or just can’t wait to put on that algae mask, you will find some information in this article that will make your Blue Lagoon excursion more enjoyable.
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A Little History of the Blue Lagoon
Constructed in 1976, the Svartsengi Power Station was the world’s first geothermal power plant to generate electric power and produce hot water for the heating of houses. The superheated water was vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to power turbines that generated electricity. After entering through the turbines, the steam and the hot water passed through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. The power station then fed the remaining water into a lagoon.
In 1981, a psoriasis patient bathed in the water, discovering that the water appeared to alleviate the symptoms. Subsequently, the lagoon became popular resort among psoriasis patients and the general public alike. In 1987, bathing facilities were opened, and five years later, in 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established.
With research confirming the healing properties of geothermal seawater, the Blue Lagoon launched a line of skincare products in 1995, which the company followed up on, in 1999, with the opening of a modern-day spa facility. In 2005, it opened a clinic/hotel for the treatment of psoriasis.
In 2012, National Geographic named the Blue Lagoon as one of the 25 Wonders of the World.
Visiting the resort and prices
In light of its popularity, visitors must book in advance. There are many ways available to enjoy the spa, but we recommend these two, both included transfer to the lagoon from your hotel.
The Comfort Package
- The Comfort package includes admission, a silica mud mask, a drink of your choice, and a towel.
- Price from: 15.900 ISK.
- Book the Comfort package here.
The Premium Package
- The Premium package is the same as the comfort package with the addition of a second silica mud mask, slippers, a bathrobe, and a reservation at the Lava restaurant, including sparkling wine if you decide to dine.
- Price from: 20.500 ISK.
- Book the Premium package here.
Admission AND the Golden Circle
- Why not experience five of Iceland’s most famous sites in one trip? Start off by being picked up at your hotel and then head straight to the historic Þingvellir National Park. Wonder at the powerful hot spring Geysir and marvel at Gullfoss waterfall. When you have finished with the Golden Circle, you stop by Kerið Volcano crater, a 3000-year-old crater which is 55 meters deep, and then you end the day soaking in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. A day you won’t forget.
- Price from: 25.900 ISK.
- Book the tour here.
Map to the Blue Lagoon
Also on the map, What’s On Tourist Information and Booking Centre on Laugavegur 5, and Keflavík International Airport.
What is the Blue Lagoon?
The blue lagoon is many things: A luxurious spa with waters that reportedly have healing benefits, Iceland’s most visited tourist attraction and, perhaps surprisingly, an opportunistic use of an environmental disaster.
Why should I go to the Blue Lagoon?
The water, which is pumped from 2000 meters underneath the surface, is naturally rich in silica, algae and minerals and should make your skin feel baby-smooth. The lagoon’s environment, with the black lava rock sharply contrasting the turquoise blue of the water, is stunningly beautiful and soaking in the 38°C water is a sumptuous experience. Plus, coming to Iceland and not going to the Blue Lagoon is like going to Paris and not stopping by the Eiffel tower.
How was the Blue Lagoon made?
The Blue Lagoon’s origins were actually a happy accident. The Svartsengi power plant started producing energy from geothermal heat by pumping extremely hot groundwater from the earth in 1971. The surplus water formed a lagoon that just happened to have the perfect temperature for bathing. As an added bonus, the naturally occurring chemicals in the water also happened to be very good for the skin.
Do I have to shower in the nude?
As in other public swimming pools in Iceland, patrons are required to shower in the nude. The showers are “semi-enclosed,” which, while mitigating the exposure for the physically shy, is a prospect that may yet make some people uncomfortable. Furthermore, it can be rather cold exiting the locker room in winter (or on cold days during summer); upgrading the package to include a bathrobe has sometimes proven wise.
Does the Blue Lagoon get crowded?
The Blue Lagoon can get crowded at times, depending on the season and the time of day. To evade big crowds, some prefer visiting in the early mornings. Arriving slightly before your reservation is also crucial, as the queues to enter the lagoon can, at times, be quite long. (On a side note, we recommend visiting the lagoon before or after sunrise, as the stars are visible on a cloudless day.)