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The Blue Lagoon Iceland: Experience the Ultimate Relaxation

Updated: Apr 13

Nestled in the southwest corner of Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula lies the world-renowned geothermal spa known as the Blue Lagoon. It's no wonder that this unique destination has become the most popular attraction in Iceland, drawing visitors from every corner of the globe.

The Blue Lagoon Iceland

Luckily, getting to the Blue Lagoon is a breeze. Just a quick fifteen-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport or a thirty-minute jaunt from Reykjavík, it's an easy stop for those renting a car or taking a guided tour. Many choose to visit either immediately after arriving in the country or just before departing, as it's the perfect way to unwind after a long flight or a busy vacation.

Whether you're taking a self-drive tour or joining a guided package, the Blue Lagoon is a must-visit destination.

If you're a first-time visitor looking to spend a day at the Blue Lagoon and make the most of it, we suggest getting the Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation. However, if you're looking to completely immerse yourself in the Icelandic experience, we highly recommend the 6 Day Iceland Tour with Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Glacier Lagoon. This tour package includes five nights in a hotel, all sightseeing activities and transfers by coach, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off. There are few better ways to recharge and rejuvenate than by taking a dip in the famous, mineral-rich waters of this one-of-a-kind spa.

Gullfoss Falls Iceland

Brief History of The Blue Lagoon

Back in 1976, the Blue Lagoon was nothing more than a pool of wastewater from the Svartsengi geothermal plant. It wasn't until 1981 when Valur Margeirsson took the plunge that the Blue Lagoon became a popular destination.

Despite initial resistance from others who thought he was crazy to bathe in a "blue mud pool," Valur and other pioneers began to discover the remarkable healing properties of the water.

Those with psoriasis quickly found relief in the lagoon's mineral-rich waters. Word of its healing powers spread quickly, and by 1987, the first official swimming facilities were opened.

Since then, the Blue Lagoon has undergone a remarkable transformation, evolving from a simple open pool to a world-class spa, research center, and hotel complex. The story of its humble beginnings is a testament to the power of human ingenuity and the incredible potential for transformation in even the most unlikely of places.

The secret to the Blue Lagoon's renowned healing powers lies in the rich concentration of silica and sulfur in its waters. This unique combination of minerals has been shown to have regenerative properties that are particularly effective in treating a range of skin ailments.

The Blue Lagoon Iceland

To help guests take full advantage of these benefits, the on-site research and development facility has even created a range of cures and remedies that are available to guests free of charge.

But the Blue Lagoon is much more than just a place to soak and heal. With comfortable water temperatures averaging 37-39°C (98-102°F), guests can relax and unwind in complete comfort.

The Blue Lagoon Iceland

And with a range of amenities, including the LAVA Restaurant, the Blue Café, and the Lagoon Spa, there's no need to ever leave the premises.

From delicious meals and health products to massages and other treatments, the Blue Lagoon offers everything you need to recharge and rejuvenate. And with saunas, steam rooms, and a small waterfall on site, there's truly something for everyone.

The Lava Restaurant at Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon Spa is a year-round destination that draws visitors from all over the world. However, due to its limited capacity and popularity, it's important to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Without a reservation, you're likely to be turned away at the door.

It's also worth noting that the Blue Lagoon has strict hygiene standards, and all guests are required to shower naked in public before entering the lagoon. While this may be uncomfortable for some, it's a common practice in Icelandic culture and helps ensure that the water remains clean and safe for everyone.

For budget-conscious travelers, the Blue Lagoon can be quite pricey. Fortunately, there are plenty of smaller spas and pools in Iceland that offer a more affordable alternative, such as the Fontana Spa, Secret Lagoon, Mývatn Nature Baths, and Krauma Spa.

Fontana Spa

For a day of relaxation at Fontana Spa, we recommend the Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik. Join an expert guide to explore the iconic Golden Circle sights, marvel at Gullfoss waterfall, witness the Strokkur geyser at Geysir geothermal area, and visit Thingvellir National Park. End the day with an optional dip in the naturally heated pools and steam baths at Fontana's spa, before returning to Reykjavik.

We recommend a full-day trip from Reykjavik with Kerid Carter to visit the Secret Lagoon. Enjoy a soak in the geothermal pool located in the Golden Circle area and visit remarkable sites such as Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur geyser, and Thingvellir National Park. The trip includes round-trip transport, entrance fee, and drop-off at Reykjavik cruise port or central Reykjavik hotels.

And if you're willing to venture off the beaten path, you can even find natural hot pools that are free to enter.

Immerse Yourself in Luxury at the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is a luxurious five-star hotel located in the heart of a geothermal wonderland. Surrounded by rugged volcanic landscapes and the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, the Retreat offers an exclusive and tranquil escape from the outside world.

Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland Hotel under polar lights

The hotel boasts 62 elegant suites, each designed to provide guests with the utmost comfort and relaxation. The hotel's spa is a highlight, featuring an underground retreat with a steam room, sauna, and a tranquil relaxation area, as well as in-water treatments in the lagoon itself.

The Junior Suite at Retreat Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Retreat also offers a range of activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and visits to nearby geothermal hot springs. Guests can indulge in exquisite cuisine at the Moss Restaurant, which focuses on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

With its unparalleled location, world-class amenities, and exceptional service, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is the ultimate destination for those seeking a luxurious and unforgettable retreat in Iceland.

Moss restaurant

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