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Ultimate Guide to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

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One of the most visited sites in Iceland is its famous Blue Lagoon! My sweet husband Steve and I had the opportunity to visit this magical place on our recent trip to Iceland, and we came up with some tips for you before you visit for yourself! Hours vary slightly by season, so check opening times for your visit here. It is definitely something you’ll want to do once in your life, so you want to do it right!

Why Visit the Blue Lagoon?

Why not?! Iceland’s Blue Lagoon has become an icon of Iceland. Its mystical, milky-blue saltwater and healing silica pique one’s curiosity, and its surprising warmth in such close proximity to the Arctic Circle welcomes visitors like a comforting hug. What’s the buzz all about? How can you visit on your trip to Iceland? Read on!

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The Blue Lagoon is for lovers!

Packages

Book early! The Blue Lagoon is wildly popular and conveniently located near Keflavik airport, and the Blue Lagoon people have capitalized on that. I don’t blame them, but I will admit I was a little bit shocked at the price of their packages! Here’s the run-down of your options, though prices and packages are subject to change. Base prices below are for non-peak times. We found out the hard way that prices go up the closer you get to your preferred visit date and time. We paid more and did not get the entry time we wanted even with booking a full month before from our visit! I recommend booking two months in advance. 

Standard Package: 6100 ISK (Icelandic Krona) ($57.50 USD)

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica Mud Mask

Comfort Package: 8100 ISK ($76.34 USD) ***This is the one we purchased, mostly for the use of a towel and free beverage.

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica Mud Mask
  • Use of Towel
  • 1 Beverage of Choice from the Swim-up Bar
  • Algae Mask

Premium Package: 10,200 ISK ($96.14 USD)

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica Mud Mask
  • Use of Towel
  • 1 Beverage of Choice from the Swim-up Bar
  • Algae Mask
  • Use of Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Reservation at LAVA Restaurant on-site
  • Sparkling Wine at LAVA Restaurant

Luxury Package: 53,000 ISK ($499.69 USD)

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica Mud Mask
  • Use of Towel
  • 1 Beverage of Choice from the Swim-up Bar
  • Algae Mask
  • Use of Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Reservation at LAVA Restaurant on-site
  • Sparkling Wine at LAVA Restaurant
  • Entrance to Exclusive Lounge
  • Private Changing Room
  • Spa Journey Product Set

Add-ons: In-water Massages start at 10,200 ISK ($96.20 USD) for 30 minutes.

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Hooks for your robes and towels. I put my flip flop on the hook with mine to make sure I knew which one it was!

Silica Mud Mask

Everyone who visits the Blue Lagoon gets to experience the silica mud mask and its healing properties. The silica and other minerals in the geothermal water have been shown to help or heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, and the Blue Lagoon’s waters have been said to have anti-aging properties as well. It’s worth a shot, right? There are buckets of the silica “mud” at the Mask Bar to the left as you enter the lagoon.

 

 

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Bucket of Silica

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Mask Bar at the Blue Lagoon

Pro Tips

  • Book early! Reservations are required. We booked a month in advance, but that was not enough! We did not get our first or second choice of times. In fact, we were thankful to get the day we wanted! I recommend booking two months in advance.
  • Weekends (Friday-Sunday) are busier than weekdays (Monday-Thursday), so plan accordingly.
  • Ladies: Condition your hair before you go into the lagoon, leave it in, and put your hair up. The silica is great for your skin, but not for your hair. It won’t damage your hair, but it will make your hair stiff and hard to manage, so just keep it moisturized with conditioner and out of the water. Almost every article or blog I read about the Blue Lagoon suggested doing this!
  • If you do fall in or get your hair wet like I did, don’t worry! Here’s what to do:
    • Have fun! Do not cut your time in the Blue Lagoon short.
    • When you shower on your way back to the changing room, condition your hair, then wash the rest of your body (to give the conditioner some time to work in your hair).
    • Wash your hair with the shampoo provided.
    • Condition and rinse again.
    • Shampoo and rise again.
    • Condition and leave the conditioner in the rest of the day. My (curly, dry) hair was actually incredibly soft when it dried, and stayed that way until I showered again the next day! It was not unmanageable at all.
  • There are lifeguards on duty. There are also “floaties” if you need them!

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Floaties!

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Lifeguard on duty!

  • You must bathe before bathing! That’s right, you have to shower with soap and in the nude before you get into the Blue Lagoon or any other public hot spring. There are individual stalls for privacy. Icelanders make cleanliness a priority, especially here. Please play by the rules.
  • Leave your jewelry in your locker. The water is beautiful with its milky-blue color, but if you lose something in there, you will never find it again!
  • Do not tinkle in the water! I don’t think I need to say this, but I did just in case! Go to the restroom for that, please!
  • There is a place to store your luggage just off of the parking area. However, it is quite far from the Blue Lagoon itself, so don’t forget anything you might need! The Blue Lagoon’s proximity to the Keflavik airport means many people visit right after they land in Iceland or just before they leave. That necessitates a place to store your stuff! It is 550 ISK ($5.25 USD) per bag.
  • Parking is FREE! Woohoo!
  • You will receive a helpful e-mail from the Blue Lagoon a couple of days before your scheduled visit. It will include helpful information, so be sure to read it thoroughly!
  • You don’t have to walk outside to get into the Blue Lagoon! There is an indoor entrance for those super cold days.
  • Your wrist band will be color-coded for the package you purchased, and it can be used to pay for beverages and massages, and is your key for your locker. I had trouble with the lockers, but hopefully you’ll have better luck than I did!

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Wrist bands! Also, you can see the line where my wedding ring goes!
For more, check out their YouTube Video.

Beverages

The Blue Lagoon’s swim-up bar is a place you’ll want to be! No matter how cool the surrounding air is, that water will keep your body temperature up. So cool down with a smoothie, slushy, juice, and more cool treats!

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Beverage Menu

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Champagne for Steve, Green Juice for me!
Need more information? Blue Lagoon Support has you covered! They want you to have a great experience, and they want you to feel prepared for this unique experience! What do you think? Will you be visiting the Blue Lagoon on your visit to Iceland?

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