Blue Lagoon Iceland: An Insider's Guide

Blue Lagoon Iceland: An Insider's Guide

 Blue Lagoon Iceland: An Insider's Guide

Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is a spa in southwestern Iceland The spa is located in a lava field near Grindavík and in front of Mount Þorbjörn on Reykjanes Peninsula, in a location favourable for geothermal power, and is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station. 

The Blue Lagoon is approximately 20 km (12 mi) from Keflavík International Airport and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.


The lagoon, in a volcanic caldera, formed following a volcanic eruption that occurred in 1783, when the source for the volcanic eruptions failed to discharge lava. 

The seepage of heated water from a fissure below the surface eventually cooled and solidified, leaving a small accumulation of ice and rock, which formed a cave-like cavity that eventually filled with water. 

As the lava cooled, tiny crystals formed and grew into stalactites and stalagmites, which trapped rainwater on the ceiling and formed a pool of water. 

The temperature of the mineral-rich water of the Lagoon's interior ranges from 23-28 °C (73-82 °F) and the water temperature at the surface is about 17 °C (63 °F). 

The Lagoon is considered a sacred site by the Native American Chukchansi Indians of the region.


Pálsdaleirinn The Blue Lagoon was discovered in a river bed in 1959 by two teenagers from Reykjavik, Olafur and Þóra Seyðvaldsson. They brought a bottle of boiling water to the lagoon, which turned a vivid blue colour after a while. 

The sensation they experienced convinced them to alert other locals and tourists, who came from all over the country, after noticing the same colour coming out of the pot. 

The Blue Lagoon Spa was born and the first client was treated in October 1960. 

The image of the Blue Lagoon appeared on postcards, where it became instantly recognizable as the "Blue Lagoon" a few months after the first session.

The Blue Lagoon product

The Blue Lagoon’s signature product is a saltwater pool which is a modified version of the traditional Blue Lagoon springs water, but infused with minerals of potassium, calcium, and magnesium that make up the unique pH level. 

The product is served in a series of innovative filtration vials called WET Filter Vials and works by removing unwanted harmful contaminants from the water. 

This water is filtered and restocked with new minerals and water every day. 

The Blue Lagoon experience is made even more memorable with the famous WET Treatment, which in combination with the gentle UV and natural light effects, is said to not only make you feel great but also help to detox your body.


Where can I find directions? Are there restrooms? What's included? How much does it cost? 

Do I need to bring anything? How does it work? How do I book? What do I need to bring? 

Are there washrooms? I'll be staying in my room at the Blue Lagoon. I'd like to use the spa. Where should I go?

The best time to visit the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon opens for the season in March and closes in November. The lagoon is always open regardless of weather conditions. 

What to wear When you visit the Blue Lagoon, always wear warm clothes (in the summer months) and waterproof shoes. 

You will be walking in lava and slush in rain or snow. Waterproof winter gloves are a good idea too.

How to get there and how much does it cost?

Icelandair (at the time of writing the cheapest way to get to Iceland is through Keflavík International Airport) operates regular direct flights to Keflavík from several destinations around the UK, and to a number of airports in North America. 

Airlines such as WOW air and Icelandair are also relatively easy to get hold of discounted ticket prices to/from Keflavík as part of a special offer or package deal. 

As of 2018, there are direct flights from the UK to Keflavík airport from Stansted, Luton, Glasgow, Manchester, and Edinburgh. 

Flights to Reykjavík take approximately 3 hours, allowing you plenty of time to explore the country's other major cities. 

The cost of travelling to and from Iceland varies dependent on your route.

Where to stay near the Blue Lagoon?

We recommend a stay at Hotel Gustu located on the edge of the Blue Lagoon. It is beautifully situated with a scenic view over the Blue Lagoon. 

The hotel is a celebration of contemporary Nordic design, featuring a terrace pool with an outdoor hot tub, and the very first spa in Iceland (pictured above), with a 12,000-liter cold water swimming pool, complete with underwater lighting and temperature-controlled cabins to soak in during the winter. 

Hotel Gustu is a stunning example of modern Nordic design. Why stay at Hotel Gustu? 

Photo by Pietro Quinzani, Fotolia You will find it difficult to find a more relaxing spa-like accommodation anywhere in Iceland.


Iceland is a fantastic country to visit and will leave you with a lasting impression and a great love of the country. 

There is so much for tourists to see and do in this green and colourful country that you could easily see it as a whole or even just part one of a two-week holiday. 

There are many different types of accommodation to suit all budgets and needs, from the spectacular to the basic.

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