EXPLORE ICELAND: YOUR GUIDE TO THE BLUE LAGOON
If you think of Iceland, you’ll do doubt envisage vast landscapes, cascading waterfalls, huge mountains, glacial lagoons, freezing cold oceans, and of course, the Blue Lagoon. A hot spot for the first time tourist, the Blue Lagoon is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to do in Iceland. Swimming in a (somewhat) natural geothermal spa with nothing but harsh black volcanic and huge clouds of steam in the horizon certainly is an amazing way to experience Iceland. In fact, I still pinch myself that I went.
So after posting a few photos on Instagram and receiving a few comments and questions on Facebook, here is my travel guide to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, enjoy!
WHAT IS IT? The Blue Lagoon in Iceland first opened its doors in 1976 following the operation of the nearby geothermal Svartsengi Power Plant. In the years that followed, people started bathing in the lagoon and due to its geothermal properties, they soon noticed how beautiful their skin felt after applying the silica mud found in the lagoon onto their skin. It wasn’t until 1987 when the Blue Lagoon opened its doors as a public bathing facility, followed soon by the opening of a special skin clinic. Over the years, the Blue Lagoon has turned into a major tourist destination and an iconic ‘must do’ in Iceland. Today, the Blue lagoon is recognised as one of the 25 wonders of the world.
WHERE IS IT? Even though it looks extremely remote, the Blue Lagoon is actually located just a short yet beautiful 45-minute drive from Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland and a 20-minute drive from the airport.
HOW TO GET THERE? From my experience, driving to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is the easiest way to get there. You can hire a car from the airport or from the centre of Reykjavik. Car hire is reasonable but it’s a little bit more expensive than Australia. And while I am on the subject of it, don’t come to Iceland unless you plan on hiring a car! It really is the only way you can get around and truly experience this beautiful country in your own time. If you plan on going to the Blue Lagoon from the airport or on your way to the airport, they do offer luggage storage for 4 Euro.
Latitude: N +63.881363 (63°52'52.9068"N) Longitude: W -22.453115 (-22°27'11.214"W)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? You absolutely should buy your ticket online before you to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Availability is limited and it also means you won’t have to wait in huge lines when you arrive. Having a pre bought ticket gives you a little bit more priority. For most of us thinking of exploring Iceland, you’ll only visit the Blue Lagoon once so it’s best to do it properly. There are four ticketing options – Standard, Comfort, Premium and Luxury. I highly recommend meeting in the middle and purchasing a Premium ticket for 70 Euro. You get a bathrobe (essential because the towels are tiny), towel, slippers, one drink, Miracle Mask as well as a pre reserved table at the LAVA Restaurant with sparkling wine. But if you don’t want to eat at LAVA Restaurant, get the Comfort ticket for 55 Euro and hire a bathrobe. I cannot stress how important it is to have a bathrobe!
WHAT TO DO THERE To be honest, there isn’t really a lot to do at the Blue Lagoon; unless you plan on eating at LAVA Restaurant or getting a massage. Most people choose just to relax and swim around the lagoon.
REALITY CHECK The reality of the Blue Lagoon is that is it very much a tourist geared destination. As an Australian, it did seem a bit strange sitting in a hot spa with lots of other people. I also wasn’t a fan of how a lot of people were sinking lots and lots of beer. It kind of ruined it for me. We ended up only spending about an hour in the water because once you do a lap of the spa and admire the view, there really isn’t anything else to do. Yes the Blue Lagoon is gorgeous and is definitely worth a visit, but I wouldn’t recommend spending more than a couple of hours there. Because let’s face it, there are so many more things to see and do in Iceland that are even more beautiful.