A Guide to Visiting the Iconic Blue Lagoon in Iceland

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The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular places in Iceland, and it is a beautiful place for a relaxing wellness experience. Iceland in general has become a very popular destination in recent years, and the Blue Lagoon in particular is one of the most common places you’ll see on tourism photos and Instagram. In case you’re ready for a wellness trip, here is a guide to visiting the iconic Blue Lagoon in Iceland:

What Is Blue Lagoon?

Famous for its geothermal healing water, the Blue Lagoon is a beautiful spa set against black lava rock. Conveniently located near both Reykjavik and the Keflavik Airport, you can pop in here for a quick weekend where you can focus on relaxing or, if you are staying at the hotel, take some time to explore the beautiful places near Blue Lagoon in Iceland due to its convenient location near the capital and many other famous sightseeing areas. Depending on your plans, you can even either get a day pass to visit the Retreat Spa.

What to Do at the Blue Lagoon

While there are many things to do at the Blue Lagoon, the most popular activity is of course to take in the beauty of the surrounding area and soak in the hot and healing water. It is the perfect place where you can indulge in some self-care, apply a mud mask, enjoy a beverage while you float and soak in the water, and simply relax.

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There is also a snack bar, restaurants, and a spa that you can pop out to when you are ready for some food and a break from the water. No matter what you do here, whether it’s enjoying the water or surrounding amenities, you’ll be treated with views of the gorgeous landscapes here. Just be sure to spend enough time in the water so you can take in health benefits from the geothermal seawater that is rich in silica, algae and minerals. Many people come here to help support physical ailments as well as skin stressors.

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For your trip here, be sure to pack your spa essentials like a bathing suit or two, sandals, sunglasses, and some cozy slippers so you can slip back into relaxation once you reach your accommodation. You will receive a towel included in the price of your ticket to enter the Blue Lagoon, so no need to bring one along with you as well! When it comes to packing skincare and essential products, keep in mind that there is also the shop at Blue Lagoon where you can pick up some great products like cleansers, moisturisers and more.

My Personal Experiences at the Blue Lagoon

I went to the Blue Lagoon in 2016 with my ex (Tan) and my sister (Em). I went with the assumption that I wouldn't really enjoy it that much (because 'my thing' at the time was not enjoying things that were popular), and so I was very pleasantly to find out how much I did like it. There were private cubicles to change in which was something I was worried about back then, and something that's definitely not 'the norm' in most Icelandic spas.

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The water was the perfect temperature to compliment the fresh Icelandic air. The blue is really pretty and looks great against the black rock. There were a lot of people there for sure, but thanks to the combination of it being a large spa, there being lots of 'secret' nooks and crannies and the hot water letting off a lot of steam (so you can't see people), it never felt crowded for a minute. For more on our trip to Iceland check out:

We hope you find these posts useful! :) All in all, I came away changed, realising that yes, some things are popular and they tend to be popular for a good reason.

Wrap Up: A Guide to Visiting the Iconic Blue Lagoon in Iceland 

So there you have it, our quick guide to visiting the Blue Lagoon, we hope you enjoyed it :) In case you're interested in what it actually looks like, here is the video we shot of our time spent there:

So what do you think? Have we convinced you to go visit the Blue Lagoon too? Or perhaps you're lucky enough to have been there already? Let us know and please feel free to give us tips and advice! :)

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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