The Thrifty Traveller’s Guide to the Blue Lagoon

When heading to Iceland, one thing on everybody’s bucket list is the Blue Lagoon. The geothermal spa welcomes over 700 thousand visitors each year and with the water’s skin-healing properties, ideal location and brilliant in-pool bar, the Lagoon is somewhere you won’t want to miss if you’re heading to the country yourself!

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Blue Lagoon on the internet, which is why I thought I’d make a “cheat sheet” of information with the insane amount of research I did before going – so you only need to read one blog post to be up to speed before visiting the brilliant blue water!

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The Blue Lagoon Fact File

  • The Blue Lagoon itself is man-made. The water is fed into the Lagoon from nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi.
  • The average temperature of the water in the Blue Lagoon is 38 degrees celsius, but from the source, which is over 6,500 feet below the surface of the Earth, the water begins at a blistering 240 degrees celsius!
  • The water in the Lagoon, which there is over 6 million litres of (and that gets recycled every 48 hours!), is made up of a mix between silica, algae and other minerals.
  • Since the creation of the Blue Lagoon, many people have claimed the water actually holds healing properties. Especially for those suffering from skin conditions such as psoriasis.
  • Following on from these claims, the Blue Lagoon itself has actually set up its own research laboratories investigating other conditions that the Lagoon can become a natural remedy for.
  • If you were to scoop the water into a cup, you’d see that it’s actually white – not blue. The sun is what gives the Lagoon its blue colour.
  • The Lagoon is surrounded by a lava field, which dates back over 800 years!

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Purchasing Tickets and When to Go

There are 4 different ticket options you can purchase for the Blue Lagoon:

  • Standard (entry fee & the silica mud mask)
  • Comfort (entry, silica mud mask, towel, 1st drink free & an algae mud mask)
  • Premium (the same as Comfort including use of a bathrobe, slippers, an optional reservation at their in-house LAVA restaurant and a free glass of sparkling wine if you do book there)
  • Luxury (same as Premium except an added Spa Journey product set & access to the exclusive lounge).

The prices start at 5,400ISK (£37) for the Standard entry and end at 26,500ISK (£181) for Luxury entry.

Since the Blue Lagoon is only a 20-minute drive from the airport, and conveniently on the route between the airport and Reykjavik, most people visit either on their way into the country or on their way home. This is something you can consider if you’re flying into Iceland early in the morning, or leaving in the late afternoon as time passes so quickly while you’re in the Lagoon (I’m not even kidding, it flies by!)

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What to Pack

If you’re visiting the Lagoon with the basic entry package, make sure to bring your own towel and bathrobe or they WILL charge you extra for them (and they won’t let you enter without!) – you could also pack a pair of slippers if you’re conscious about walking around/climbing the stairs barefoot – as the floor is wet and obviously can be a slipping hazard (and a bit of a hygiene hazard if you think about all those bare feet on the wet floors!)

If you’re on the hunt for some new or comfortable robes – or simply want a robe to buy for Iceland that you won’t feel obliged to bring home with you, I’ve linked some cheap but hella comfy-looking ones below for both men and women!

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How the Spa Works

The Blue Lagoon is a luxurious spa as well, and while you’re on the website or at the kiosk you can book spa treatments alongside your Lagoon entry! All treatments and massages use natural minerals and exfoliants on your skin, and the products used are all available on site in the Blue Lagoon’s own Natural Skincare Store (there’s also an online version of the store, which you can visit here).

It’s important to note that you MUST pre-book to enter the Blue Lagoon. They don’t allow people to queue up and purchase their tickets on the day.

When you arrive at the kiosk, you’ll be given a wristband per visitor, and this is how you’ll purchase things on-site. That way you don’t have to mess around with money or card payments, you just rack up your bill using your wristband and then pay the total when leaving the Lagoon at the end of your stay! This makes transactions at the in-Lagoon bar so much easier and fuss-free!

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Tips and Tricks for When You’re in the Water

  • In the showers, before you enter the Lagoon, there are dispensers full of conditioner on the walls. It’s advised that you massage this conditioner into your hair and leave it in to stop the natural minerals in the water from damaging your hair and making it “crunchy”. That said, I didn’t use the conditioner and my hair was fine (although I didn’t dip it in the water, which is what I saw some people do – and obviously unavoidable if you have longer hair, or hair that finds ways to be untameable!)
  • Before entering the Lagoon, you’ll see that everybody finds a “spot” and places their towels/bathrobes/slippers there. It’s kind of like a free-for-all with space, so be prepared to hunt out a good spot to keep your items dry! I also hid my camera in my items by wrapping them up, but I can understand that some people wouldn’t be comfortable with that as they are left at your own risk.
  • You can enter the Lagoon either by the external entrance or the internal one if you don’t want to face the cold – though I would definitely say you should go via the external entrance at least once to embrace the full Icelandic effect! When Scott and I went it was sub-zero and a full-blown snowstorm was going on outside – to say it was magical would be an understatement!
  • As well as the mud bar that you can swim to, somebody will be swimming around the Lagoon holding a bowl with the silica mud mask in. In the store, the mask costs over £100 so make sure to give it a try while you can in the water! According to their site, the mask “deep-cleanses and strengthens your skin, reducing the visibility of pores and leaving your skin fresh and clear“. You can check out the silica mud mask right here.

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If you’ve read this in the lead up to your own trip to the gorgeous country of Iceland, I hope you have an incredible time! You can check out other posts I’ve done about Iceland right here for more tips and tricks!

Be sure to let me know in the comments any of your personal tips and tricks for the Blue Lagoon, or whether you’ve visited the iconic Lagoon and what you thought about it?

I hope you have a lovely day,
Michael

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  • I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland and check out the lagoons. Stunning photos!

    LEXI LIKES

    • Thank-you so much, Lexi! I can’t recommend them enough – they’re absolutely amazing! I already can’t wait to go back!

  • Laura Torninoja

    Your pictures are so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, and especially the blue lagoon, it all looks so colourful and pretty. Maybe one day! 🙂

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Thank-you so much Laura! I hope you manage to get there, it’s so worth it! I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • Thank you for the tips!! This place I really want to go. So helpful.

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

    • Thanks a lot, Melissa! I hope you manage to make it there – it’s such an incredible place! Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂 xx

  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Thanks for sharing! Iceland is definitely on my bucket list
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

    • Thanks for the lovely comment! Iceland is such an incredible place, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

  • Well now I DEFINITELY need to go!

    -Jerad
    http://www.neutralnomad.com

    • Ha! Thanks Jerad! It’s completely worth it, I promise! I hope you have an awesome week!

  • Sophie Lee

    Blue Lagoon will be in my bucket list!!!!

    xoxo, Cool style for men