Guide to Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Guide to Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Leah BIlquist Leah BIlquist
9. Nov 2022 (Updated: 8. Dec 2022) ∼ 17 min. read


The Blue Lagoon is a top tourist attraction in Iceland, drawing visitors from all over the world. It is known for its healing tranquil blue waters, gourmet dining, and five-star spa. So it is no wonder why the lagoon receives more than 700,000 visitors every year. It is also a quick detour from Keflavik International Airport. So what is the best way for you to experience The Blue Lagoon? There are a variety of packages, a spa, and even luxurious overnight accommodations. We are going to go over everything you need to know before visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. 


How was the Blue Lagoon created?

Over 6000 feet below the ground, salty ocean water, and freshwater combined in a tectonic kingdom of sizzling heat and heavy pressure. This created geothermal water. It then headed up to the surface through geothermal extraction wells. From here the water surfaces are enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. The combination of these three ingredients resulted in the now magical water that has been known to heal your body. 

When was the Blue Lagoon discovered?

Back in the 1980s local residents began bathing in the Blue Lagoon. It is said that the lagoon formed in the lava field beside the Svartsengi Geothermal Resource Park. It became quite famous from word of mouth by residents in Iceland. Visitors said that they left with a “sensation” after soaking in the lagoon. Some Icelanders came to heal their illnesses while others came purely for enjoyment. 

Why is the Blue Lagoon so blue?

The majestic and drop-dead gorgeous shade of bright blue occurs from the Silica reflecting sunlight. There is no question why it is so iconic and one of the most photographed lagoons in the entire world. Some think the color is enhanced in photographs, but it is truly the natural color of the volcanic waters. 

Blue lagoon blue water

What is the temperature of the Blue Lagoon?

Way down in the rocks of the earth the water’s temperature sits at a scorching 240° C or 464°F

Once the water reaches the lagoon it is warm, 38° C or 100.4°F. Which is way more enjoyable than burning your skin off! It is an ideal temperature for soaking your body.

What are the benefits of the Blue Lagoon?

There are so many benefits of soaking in natural mineral water. The Blue Lagoon specifically is a mix of freshwater and seawater. This means that algae plants combined with high concentrations of silica can benefit the skin. The silica can help improve skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. In addition to its healing powers, it is known to prevent premature aging while tightening the skin. Soaking in hot water is also amazing for sore muscles. Athletes and avid hikers make it a solid part of their weekly routine. Your body, skin, and mind will thank you.

woman relaxing in the blue lagoon

What are the hours at the Blue Lagoon?

In the upcoming fall and winter months, the Blue Lagoon will have different hours than in summer.  In October they are open from 08:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and from November-December 15th they will be open from 08:00 PM - 8:00 PM. From December 16th -January the lagoon is open from 08:00 AM - 9:00 PM. 

Holiday hours are Christmas Eve, from 08:00 AM-4:00 PM, and New Year's Eve, from 08:00 AM-6:00 PM. The hours are normally longer in the summer with the Blue Lagoon staying open until Midnight. Be sure to always check current hours ahead of visiting. 

As the closing time of the lagoon changes from season to season, guests must always exit the water thirty minutes before closure.

How to get to the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is conveniently a 20-minute drive from Keflavik Airport and a 50-minute drive from Reykjavik. It can be a great option for those who just landed and are waiting for their hotel room check-in. It can also be a suitable stop before boarding your flight home.

The Northern Lights

One of the most common questions is, “Can you see the Northern Lights from the Blue Lagoon?”. Yes, you can! It all depends on the time of day and year that you visit. There is minimal light pollution near the Blue Lagoon, ideal for viewing the aurora. 

Autumn and winter bring a greater chance of viewing the northern lights. This means you can see them anywhere from September to March. November through February will be the best time for you to see them, due to the sky's darkness. January is the wettest month of the year in Iceland, so cloud cover could be an issue. Sometimes the Northern Lights appear earlier in the night, other times it could be the wee hours of the morning. There is really no way of predicting this. We do recommend downloading the Hello Aurora App, which can give you an estimate of when the aurora will be at its highest. Download the

Spend your evening soaking in the turquoise-blue healing waters while you wait for the show to begin. If the Northern Lights come out early you can view them from the lagoon. If they are planning on making a later entrance, spend a night in the Silica or Retreat Hotel. You can sit out on your private balcony as they cascade over the lagoon. 


What To Expect

From the moment you walk in the door, you will feel welcome at the Blue Lagoon. The friendly and experienced staff will guide you through your whole experience. We are going to let you know what you can expect, from start to finish. 

Showering Before The Lagoon

Before entering the lagoon it is necessary that you take a shower. This is important to keep the minerals in the water pure. Oils that come from lotions or perfumes could damage the water. Luckily you do not have to shower after the lagoon unless you want to. The minerals from the water are known to be amazing for your skin. So it is recommended to leave them on for long periods of time. 

Since geothermal seawater has high levels of silica, it can make your hair stiff and difficult to manage.  If you are planning on swimming in the lagoon it is advised to apply conditioner before entering the lagoon. If you are planning on going under the water, shower after and apply some again. The conditioner and body wash are complementary and a part of the Blue Lagoons' luxurious hair and skin care line. Just another added perk when visiting.

The Mask Bar

Once you enter the Blue Lagoon you will indulge in the Mask Bar. Which is literally a swim-up bar located in the lagoon. Here you will speak with the technician and pick your mask of choice. They will give it to you in a small cup and you will apply it to your face in the lagoon. The steam from the lagoon will open up your pores, allowing the benefits of the masks to seep deep into them. There are a few different masks you can try and these depend on your package of choice, which we will discuss in a minute. 

two woman's putting mask on from the blue lagoon mask bar

The Silica Mud Mask is the most popular mask and is included in the basic Blue Lagoon package. Silica is composed of silicon and oxygen. It is a component of lava that merges with geothermal seawater in the volcanic rock deep underground. When the superheated water reaches the surface and cools, silica molecules are set free, becoming the iconic white mud that is one of Blue Lagoon’s staples.

The Algae Mask is another favorite. It is a microorganism that is unique to geothermal seawater. An analysis of the lagoon ecosystem, conducted in 1996, revealed that this potent organism is a completely novel species of blue-green algae. Patented in 2006, Blue Lagoon algae is cultivated and harvested through sustainable methods at their research center.

Torn between the two? The algae mask is part of the Blue Lagoon anti-aging line. It is also known as a facelift in a jar. The Silica Mud Mask is more of a deep cleansing treatment, offering a smoother and clearer complexion. If you want to try both you can by taking advantage of the Premium Package. The mask bar is an absolute treat for your face and your skin will be glowing after.

The In-Water Bar

You can enjoy a drink when floating around the Blue Lagoon by visiting their swim-up bar. Choose from an enticing selection of smoothies, juices, soft drinks, beer, and wine. It is important to stay hydrated when swimming in hot water so be sure to fill up your water bottle or purchase one at the bar, especially if you are indulging in an alcoholic beverage. 

Blue lagoon in water bar in iceland

Blue Lagoon Wristband

You are floating around in the lagoon and decided to grab another smoothie or mask, so how do you pay? Your wallet will be nestled in your locker near the changing rooms and getting in and out of the water is not ideal. Don’t worry, The Blue Lagoon will give you a wristband upon arrival. This will be the key to your changing room locker and your in-water payment method. You can use this to purchase drinks and refreshments anywhere in the spa area. You can link either your credit or debit card to the wristband for a convenient way to pay. 

Sauna & Steam Rooms

The Sauna and Steam Rooms are included in your entrance to the blue lagoon. It is the perfect way to end your soaking session. The benefits of sitting in a Sauna are detoxification, increased metabolism, weight loss, increased blood circulation, pain reduction, antiaging and so much more. Steam Rooms are great for clearing congestion, improving skin health, lowering blood pressure, and enhancing circulation. A complimentary healing add-on to your already rejuvenating trip. 


What Package Is Best For You?

The Blue Lagoon has a variety of packages for you to choose from! Individually catered to every kind of traveler. We will talk about each one in detail, so you can plan a flawless trip to the lagoon.

Comfort: Blue Lagoon

Cost: This package starts from 8,490 ISK or $58.  

It includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, a Silica mud mask that you can put on your face in the lagoon, the use of a towel, and one drink of your choice. 

Premium: Blue Lagoon

Cost: This package starts from 10,990 ISK or $75

It includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, a Silica mud mask that you can put on your face in the lagoon, two additional masks of your choice, the use of a towel, and a bathrobe. You will also get your 1st drink of choice as well as one glass of sparkling wine if dining at Lava restaurant.

Luxury: Retreat Spa

This package starts from 59,000 ISK or $406

This package includes five luxurious hours at the Retreat Spa with a private changing suite and unlimited access to both the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon. You will also get a chance to experience The Blue Lagoon Ritual and use their sought-after skincare amenities. 


The Spa At Blue Lagoon

In addition to the Lagoon itself, the resort also has a high-end Retreat Spa that offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

The Blue Lagoon Ritual

Indulge in The Blue Lagoon Ritual for a pampering adventure. You will be able to enjoy the Blue Lagoon’s trilogy of uncultivated wonders which are silica, algae, and minerals. Silica is the Blue Lagoon’s famous white mineral. It is known for cleansing and strengthening your skin providing a radiant glow.

two woman's relaxing in blue lagoon iceland

Then you will put the Algae all over your body. Algae is known for renewing, nourishing, and moisturizing your skin. Afterward, you will exfoliate your skin with the natural minerals from the Blue Lagoon. This will stimulate your cells providing circulation throughout your skin. 

Lava Cove

If you are looking for an intimate and relaxing experience, away from the rest of the world, spend your day at Lava Cove. A private suite that is known to be the Blue Lagoons “Spa Within A Spa”. 

The Lava Cove has its own mineral-rich lagoon, a wood-burning fireplace, a dining area, a kitchen, and world-class Italian furnishings. You even add on an in-water massage or a guided yoga session.

In Water Massage

Massages are the epitome of relaxation, there is truly nothing better. Unless you have the opportunity to try an in-water message, and the spa at Blue Lagoon has one. The lightness you will feel during the delicate massage in the water is so soothing. It will ease your body and calm your mind. The cost of an In Water Massage is ISK 15 900 or $100 for 30 minutes, ISK 24 900 ISK or $170 for 60 minutes, or 49,900 ISK or $340 for 120 minutes. 

Don’t want a massage but still want to unwind while floating? Try the lagoons float therapy sessions. For a single session, it is 24,990 ISK or $170. You can also float with a friend or partner in a couple of sessions for 19,900 ISK or $137.

Beauty Treatments

In addition to relaxing massages and private pools, the spa also has rejuvenating beauty treatments for you to try. There is no set cost for the beauty treatments as they are designed according to your skin type. The treatment will be customized for you with lagoon ingredients such as seawater, silica, algae, and minerals. You can reach out to their Skin Care Specialist in advance to discuss your options. 

Back in 1995, scientists were amazed at the results of the healing powers of the lagoon on certain skin conditions. Afterward, they provided an extensive research project on the benefits of water and minerals. At the end of the project, Blue Lagoon Skin Care was launched today and you and others can enjoy its benefits. 


Overnight Accommodations In Paradise

Keep your tranquility going by staying overnight at the Blue Lagoon. Whether you want comfort or luxury, there is a place for you to rest your head at.

The Cozy Silica Hotel

“Conceived for wellness and designed for well-being” is the quote for the Silica Hotel, and every room lives up to it.  There are three different room categories for you to choose from. The Lava Deluxe has a king bed and walk-in shower. You will have views of the bright green mossy landscape or the geothermal resource park. 

The Silica Deluxe has views of the different lagoons that you cannot bathe in. However, you can sit on your private veranda and enjoy the steam coming off of the turquoise blue water.

Both room categories include entrance to the Blue Lagoon, complimentary breakfast, entrance to Silica Lagoon, a Walk-in shower, use of the fitness center, and cable-equipped TV.

The Luxurious Retreat Hotel

If pampering yourself is what you are seeking, then the Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon is made for you. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is an award-winning luxury resort that has 62-suite hotel rooms, an underground spa, a Michelin-recommended restaurant, and a private lagoon sourced from the same therapeutic waters as the Blue Lagoon. Ready to book yet? So are we. 

You will also get unlimited access to the Retreat Spa and the Retreat Lagoon. The Retreat Lagoon is an intimate lagoon that will bring you between two small canyons. Then after visiting the lagoon, take advantage of the Blue Lagoon Skin Care Line. There will be a selection of products and award-winning skincare in your suite for you to enjoy. 

In the afternoon you can head to the lobby to take advantage of the resort’s afternoon tea in their elegant lobby. The Retreat Hotel is the place to go if you are looking for a vacation inside of your vacation.


Delicious Dining

A day of soaking and relaxing can work up an appetite. The Blue Lagoon has a list of different restaurants and cafes for you to satisfy your hunger.

Cafe

If you are on the go and want to grab a quick snack before hitting the road, then stop by the Cafe. You can expect light snacks and refreshments here, from avocado toast to hot coffee. A timely place to stop and fuel up, before or after your time in the Blue Lagoon.

Lava Restaurant

If you are after breathtaking views combined with gourmet dining, then visit Lava Restaurant. Try their “Icelandic Culinary Adventure”, which is inspired by the Blue Lagoon and its surrounding nature. The adventure includes four artistic and tasty courses. The Culinary Adventure is only served for the whole table after 5:00 PM and costs ISK 12.900 about $88 per person. 

You are more than welcome to order A La Carte as well. On colder days, indulge in the Langoustine soup which has garlic-marinated langoustine and dulse. Some main entrees include Cod which has broccoli, almonds, barley, and shellfish sauce, and a Lamb Filet served with bok choy, carrots, and celeriac. End your meal with the "Ástarpungar", a dessert that has caramel, mango chocolate mousse, vanilla ice cream, and salted caramel! It is a flawless way to pamper yourself and your palate after a day soaking in the lagoon. 

Moss Restaurant

Want to try a Michele-rated dining experience? Then have dinner at Moss Restaurant. This restaurant was recommended by the 2022 Michelin Guide. Enjoy exquisite views of the volcanic surroundings during your meal, as Moss occupies the highest point at the Blue Lagoon. Your dinner will be a set menu prepared by Chef Aggi Sverrisson, allowing you to expand your horizon with tasty dishes. 

Chef Aggi Sverrisson began his career as Executive Chef at Moss in In 2020. He integrates Asian flavors with Icelandic ingredients. Taking seasonal ingredients and turning them into a gourmet dining adventure. You will have to reserve your table prior to dining since the experience is in high demand.

Spa Restaurant

Dining in your robe in between spa treatments sounds like a dream. You can make it a reality by having lunch at the Spa Restaurant. Enjoy light dishes such as burrata served with tomato, basil, and gazpacho. There is also sushi, cod, and beef tataki. Pair your lunch with a delicious glass of wine, a sparkling mimosa, or handcrafted coffee. Now that you are prepared for your visit to the Blue Lagoon, we recommend making it the first or last stop on your next road trip through Iceland. Hot springs and lagoons are a relaxing way to not only soothe your body but also recharge your mind.


FAQ

How long do you need at the Blue Lagoon Iceland?

You can enjoy the lagoon in two to three hours if you are on a time budget. Four hours is ideal to get the most out of your day pass.

Do you have to wear a swimsuit in the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, bathing suits are required when visiting the lagoon. This includes the lagoon, sauna, and steam rooms. If you do not have one, you can rent one from the Lagoon.

What is the Blue Lagoon heated by?

The plant of the Blue Lagoon uses Iceland’s volcanic landscape to produce heated power. It is filtered into the Blue Lagoon, which heads the water.