The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its milky waters, is a easily one of the most recognized places in Iceland. We visited the Blue Lagoon to unwind on the last day of our 8 day Iceland adventure. Ordering your tickets online in advance is a must, or else it may be too full to go in when you get there! If possible the Blue Lagoon makes a great stop either to or from the airport. If you are like us and didn’t have that opportunity don’t fret! There are buses running the ~45-minute drive from the BSI bus station, in Reykjavik, to the Blue Lagoon entrance.
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon comes in 4 standard packages: Standard, Comfort, Premium and Luxury. Prices differ by season and by times of day that you plan to arrive at the lagoon. We chose the Comfort package which includes the entrance fee, silica mud masks, algae masks, a towel to use, and a drink of your choice from the poolside bars. When ordering a package, you will have to choose a time to arrive at the Blue Lagoon – this time is just the hour window that you plan to get there and from there you can stay as long as you want! At the entrance you will receive a wristband that does everything you need in the spa. It is the key to your locker, gets you any upgrades you purchased, and is how you charge any purchases.
After you check in, put on your bracelet and change, it’s finally time to head into the water! Be sure to put plenty of the free conditioner in your hair and leave it there before heading to the water, it can dry out your hair for a few days! Contrary to popular belief, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon: the heated water and its healing properties are actually run off from the nearby geothermal plant! As you wander through the water you’ll notice some spots are warmer than others and there are multiple sections of the lagoon to spread out away from crowds.
We strolled over to the bar area for our drinks that were included in our entrance package. They had both alcoholic options (beer and wine) and non-alcoholic options (smoothies, soda pop, juice). Another included feature was the silica mud mask and algae mask. There are buckets of the mask to grab some with your fingers and spread on your face. After about 10-15 minutes you can wash the mask off in the water and notice your softer, smoother skin!
Visiting the Blue Lagoon is definitely an iconic attraction for every tourist to do when visiting Iceland. I would definitely recommend trying to work it in on the way to/from the airport or during a long layover!