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Entrance to Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon Iceland, Blue Lagoon Reykjavik, THE BLUE LAGOON ICELAND

The Walkway into the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions drawing the attention of hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.  The lagoon is actually a geothermal spa fed by water from a nearby geothermal plant.  The water originates near a lava flow from 6,000 feet at its deepest level (2,000 meters).  The actual lagoon sits on a Lava field and the walls that surround the walkway (the very long walkway) were built from actual lava rock that comes from the field.  When you swim in the lagoon you technically are swimming on top of two different continents.  Iceland sits on top of the  Mid Atlantic Ridge where the North American and European plates are separating at roughly 2 centimeters a year.

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View from entrance at Blue Lagoon

Above you can see the first view of the lagoon right before you enter the facilities, notice the lava field on all sides.  Being 45 minutes away from the biggest city in Iceland, Reykjavik, you have to either take a tour or find other means of transportation.  Being roughly 25 minutes from the airport many tour operators package Iceland tours to the Blue Lagoon and the airport together.  You can have a relaxing day at the spa and then catch your flight in the afternoon.  The package tour generally costs the same if you are taken only to the airport, currently roughly $25 (depending on the exchange rate) it makes for a very cost effective visit, until you get there.

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Side view of the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon Iceland is a tourist trap by any definition as there are many other geothermal spas that you can visit throughout Iceland (some that are actually free).  The current costs to get in as of 2010 are 28 Euro to enter, 5 Euro for a towel, 5 Euro for a bathing suit, and 9 Euro for a bath robe.  You read that right, they charge you for towels and a robe,  so in the end it doesn’t come out that cheap.  That doesn’t include the costs for food if you are going to eat there or for any of the premium services like the skin treatments, massages, and restaurants.  Even though it can get a bit pricey there are ways to keep your costs down by bringing your own towel, you dont need the robe.  I would still recommend that you visit the Blue Lagoon because it really is a great thing to experience.  Lockers fortunately are free.

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Side view of the lagoon

I would recommend that you visit in the winter (no im not crazy) for three reasons;  the first being that you wont enjoy a geothermal spa as much in hot weather, the second is that you cant see one of the most popular things to do in Iceland in the summer which are the Nothern Lights, and the last reason is that you will avoid the heard of tourists that arrive in the summer.  Who would want to sit in 100 degree water at the Blue Lagoon Iceland in the summer anyway?  It will get cold so make sure to bring a jacket along with your towel.  Once you step into the lagoon you will feel a slight slushy feeling on your feet which is the silica mud that many have found medical refuge in.  Its known to be an effective treatment for psoraisis and other skin ailments.

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Small Waterfall at the Blue Lagoon

You can enter the water from outside the facilities or from inside so you dont have to step out into the cold weather in the winter.  After entering the kids pool as I like to call it, the Blue Lagoon Iceland surprises you with a waterfall that you can sit by and enjoy (no time limits!).  I must have stood there for at least 15 minutes because it really felt like a water massage.  As you start to find your way around the lagoon there are certain canisters where you can scoop the silica mud and place it on your face.

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Getting cleaned up at Blue Lagoon Iceland

They aren’t kidding when they say this stuff is magical.  Once you pick it up the silica mud it feels very slimy with little stones inside.  Once you place it on your face you wait for it to dry and start to peel it off.  It feels like cement when you start to peel it.  After you get it all off your face starts to tingle like when your arm goes to sleep.  It’s not as strong of a sensation but I did stare at the mirror a little longer than usual before I walked out because it felt that much different.  The locker rooms at the Blue Lagoon Iceland are very roomy but they pack you in the showers like a sardine can.  While there is still some room to pick up the soap once you drop it (happened to me more than once) the door and walls feel cold once you bump into them.  Def a must see in Iceland!


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica Kuschel August 17, 2010 at 6:59 am

This is definitely on my bucket list.


WanderingTrader August 18, 2010 at 4:19 am

You wont regret it Erica believe me, def go in the winter also so you can see the northern lights


Jade August 19, 2010 at 2:55 am

We went and feel pretty much the same way- kind of over priced, but definitely a cool experience. And, my face felt really soft afterwards!! Oh, and we didn’t know at the time- but apparently a short walk away from the blue lagoon is a ship wreck! Of course we learned about that as we were boarding the bus back to the airport- boo!


backpackingmatt August 21, 2010 at 4:30 am

This looks amazing, but what a entry fee! I thought NZ was expensive. There is no shortage of thermal areas here in New Zealand – similar to Iceland, there are plenty of places where you can find thermal pools that are free to soak in.


Danielle Watson August 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Great post! I am planning a RTW Trip, and Iceland is definitly on my list. I'll make sure to budget properly for this! Sounds expensive, but from what I'm reading, it's worth it! Thanks! :)


WanderingTrader August 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

jade thanks for the comment! I didn't even know about that. when I head east I was thinking about making a pit stop in Iceland so I will def check that out! thank you


WanderingTrader August 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

thanks for the comment matt if I only knew! But I still think its good to experience it at least once.. I was freezing my but off because it was about 40 degrees F outside… 5.5 degrees celsius! but it was incredible once we got into the pool. We really loved it.


WanderingTrader August 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Daniel do you use couch surfing?


Danielle Watson August 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I haven't yet, but I am looking into it.


WanderingTrader August 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

If you are going to Iceland look up a guy named Ásgeir (dont forget the squiggle above the A), he was our couch host and he was great. We got our own room by coincidence. Do you know when you are going?


Danielle Watson September 1, 2010 at 12:53 am

No set date yet, sometime in the next year or so…
but thanks a bunch for the recomendation!! :D Really helpful. And I've been reading some good things about couchsurfing. Not as worried about it anymore!
Thanks! :D


GlobalButterfly October 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Such a magical place, I agree! I spent about 4 hours there and then took my flight back to the US, I was sooo relaxed. Loving your long hair ;-)


WanderingTrader October 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I was going to cut it but then I remembered last time how I regretted it instantly.. it is a pain in the butt to take care of it though… lol


GlobalButterfly October 11, 2010 at 12:35 am

Is your hair long now?

In a message dated 10/10/2010 8:03:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,

WanderingTrader wrote, in response to GlobalButterfly:

I was going to cut it but then I remembered last time how I regretted it
instantly.. it is a pain in the butt to take care of it though… lol

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WanderingTrader October 11, 2010 at 1:14 am

Longer than it is in that picture.. wouldn’t have it any other way… I am in Argentina you know


GlobalButterfly October 11, 2010 at 2:34 am

Longer!!!!! OMG, I can’t wait to see you Fabio Junior!!!

In a message dated 10/10/2010 10:29:12 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,

WanderingTrader wrote, in response to GlobalButterfly:

Longer than it is in that picture.. wouldn’t have it any other way… I am
in Argentina you know

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WanderingTrader May 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Anytime :-) make sure you go in the winter to catch the Aurura


WanderingTrader June 16, 2011 at 3:03 am

awww your welcome! Best if you go on a through trip to Canada and spend some time on a few day lay over. Iceland Air has great flights that way


jacki January 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

You mentioned there are several thermal Geo laggons spread around Iceland any suggestions for other ones not so commercialized?


Marcello February 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

Jacki they should be very easy to find I would recommend asking the locals they would be better able to guide you in the right direction


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WanderingTrader October 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

LMAO!! with curly hair


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