Visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland: What to Expect + Review

Note to my fellow wanderers: This guide was written from my first-hand experiences. I try my best not to over-glamorize any location I travel to because I want HappyWander’s content to be as authentic as possible. My goal is to provide you real information so that you can have the best possible adventures wandering the world. Enjoy!

Thinking about visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland? This guide will help you plan the perfect trip to this iconic geothermal spa. Nestled in a stunning volcanic landscape, the Blue Lagoon offers a unique blend of relaxation and natural beauty. From tips on the best times to visit to advice on booking treatments and navigating the facilities, our Blue Lagoon guide will help you make the most of your experience. Ready to dive in? Let this guide be your companion for an unforgettable Blue Lagoon adventure.

Essentials For Visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland

In this section I highlight everything you need to know about visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Why Is Blue Lagoon So Popular?

Blue Lagoon is world famous and nearly every one I’ve ever spoken with about Iceland knows about it. But why? I think because in the United States (and many other parts of the world), we are unfamiliar with geothermal spas, they just don’t occur where we live often. The idea of a giant naturally heated turquoise blue water hot tub feels like the ultimate relaxation adventure. Blue Lagoon is an exotic idea that draws us in from around the world to experience its magical properties. Did I mention it’s warm, like, really really warm? I can see why visiting Blue Lagoon is so highly sought after.

Where Is It Located?

Blue Lagoon is conveniently located in Western Iceland less than 25 kilometers from Keflavík International Airport, amounting to less than a 25 minute drive. Blue Lagoon is also located about 50 kilometers from downtown Reykjavik, which takes less than an hour to get to if you are staying in the city.

Blue Lagoon Iceland Map

How Many People Visit Yearly?

In 2023, more than 2.2 million visitors came to Iceland via Keflavik Airport. Blue Lagoon, which sits close to Keflavik Airport, reportedly receives over 700,000 visitors each year. It would not be a stretch to say a large percentage of these visitors are tourists visiting Iceland.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

There is really no bad time to visit. Blue Lagoon is open year round, even in the heart of winter. I went to Blue Lagoon in early May and it was perfect weather to do so. It was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celcius) when I arrived at Blue Lagoon, and the water, which is usually kept between 98 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (37 to 40 degrees Celsius) could not feel any better.

Iceland never gets too warm, so anytime would be a great time to visit Blue Lagoon. My preference would be in the colder months, however.

How To Visit

Setting up your visit to Blue Lagoon is quite simple. You’ll need to reserve a time to visit via the Blue Lagoon website, as generally Blue Lagoon is fully booked throughout the year. You can reserve a time here, which will take you through a series of questions including:

  • How many of you are visiting (with ages)
  • The date you’d like to go (that are still available to visit)
  • The package options: Comfort, Premium, and Signature
  • Choose a time of day to visit – There is a limited number of visitors for each time bracket
  • In the next step, they’ll try to upsell you a few items like dinner at Lava Restaurant, in-water massages, float therapy, and their Silica Mud Mask.

Once you choose your options, Blue Lagoon recommends that you show up within 1 hour of your chosen arrival time. This is from their website:

“We cannot guarantee entry for guests who arrive at a different time than their booking. While we aim for versatility, it’s often not possible to accommodate late or delayed arrivals. However, all tickets have a one-hour window of flexibility.”

Cost to Visit

The cost to visit depends on which of the three packages you choose to purchase. I highlight each package below in the next section.

Which Package Should I Get at Blue Lagoon?

Speaking of packages, there are 3 options typically throughout the year. These vary by price and what they offer. Let’s take a look:

1) Comfort Package

The Blue Lagoon Comfort Package offers an exceptional experience at Iceland’s famous geothermal spa. This package includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, a silica mud mask, a towel, and a complimentary drink of your choice. This is the least expensive package, usually ranging from 90 to 110 USD, depending on the time you go.

2) Premium Package

The Blue Lagoon Premium Package elevates your experience at Iceland’s renowned geothermal spa with added luxury and comfort. This package includes all the benefits of the Comfort Package, plus a second mask of your choice and a bathrobe. This is the middle package and usually costs between $110 and $130 USD, depending on the time you go.

3) Signature Package

The Blue Lagoon Signature Package is the highest offered package listed on their website. It includes everything listed in the Premium package, and skincare products to take home, including: Silica Mud Mask & Mineral Mask (worth 78 USD).

Choosing a Package

I ended up choosing the Premium Package, mainly for the second drink. In hindsight, you don’t get much more value for the Premium and Signature packages, unfortunately. I’d recommend just sticking with the Comfort package and buy anything additional that you’d like, such as another drink.

What to Bring?

When planning what to bring to Blue Lagoon, here’s what I recommend:

  • Bathing suit
  • Change of clothes
  • Phone with waterproof bag or case
  • Waterproof shoes (these were great to have walking around the facility and in the water)
  • Any valuables you need, such as your wallet (you’ll have access to a lockable locker included in the package you choose)
  • Water and coffee in your car for when you are finished (the hot water + wine made me quite sleepy and dehydrated)

Parking Situation

Parking is great at Blue Lagoon. The parking lot is very large and can accommodate a lot of cars and even tour buses. It’s also a fairly short walk from the parking lot to Blue Lagoon facilities. Here’s where the parking lot is:

Here is the address to Blue Lagoon Carpark: VGJW+MGJ, 241 Grindavik, Iceland

How Long Do I Need Here?

When debating how long to spend at Blue Lagoon, it really depends on what you’ll be doing there and how long you’d like to stay in the water. For me, I participated in the 3 mud masks, 2 glasses of wine, and talked with a new friend for about 2 hours. I arrived just before 2 PM and left around 5 PM, and this was plenty of time. However, if I had set up a dinner reservation I would have likely spent another 1 to 1.5 hours at Blue Lagoon.

How Long of a Layover Do I Need to Visit Blue Lagoon?

If you have a layover into Iceland, you will need at least 1 hour (conservative amount) of driving time to get to Blue Lagoon and back to the airport just in case. You’ll also need at least 2 hours, ideally 3 to go through the lines, the shower, the locker room, and enjoy the Blue Lagoon.

My Experience at Blue Lagoon

In this section, I will review my experience visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Parking Area

The parking area is great at Blue Lagoon. No need to worry about this part of your trip; parking is free and very accessible.

Entering Blue Lagoon

After exiting the parking lot, you’ll head in between piles of gray rocks as you head towards the facility.

When I arrived inside the facility, there weren’t any large lines to enter. I walked almost immediately up the counter and handed them my Blue Lagoon confirmation email from when I ordered my ticket. The staff member handed me a colored bracelet that signified I had the Premium package so all other staff members on site were aware.

The staff member directed me to the men’s locker room next.

Locker Room

The locker room was probably my least favorite part about visiting Blue Lagoon. When you arrive, your locker room will likely be full of half naked or naked men (or women), with little to no privacy. The locker system is a bit confusing, a staff member had to help me. You’ll need to choose an empty locker, place your items in it, shut the door (don’t forget your number), scan your bracelet at a nearby scanner twice (they are placed every few lockers), which will lock your locker. To unlock it, you’ll need to scan your bracelet again.

After putting your things in the locker, you’ll be required to shower down the hall. I wore my bathing suit but a lot of men decided to shower naked and casually walk around naked afterwards. After showering, you can grab your towel or bathrobe which they provide you depending on the package you get, and head downstairs towards the geothermal pool entrance. You can then hang your towel or bathrobe on a hook and head outside.

Blue Lagoon First Impressions

Entering into the Blue Lagoon can be done by walking outside and entering the pool, or by a little indoor ramp with a door that opens up inside the pool. I decided to use the ramp so I wouldn’t have to walk outside in the cold. This part was so cool!

If you enter Blue Lagoon this way, you’ll almost immediately see a bridge to your right, which you’ll go under to enter into the main geothermal pool area:

You can also enter by walking outside at the main entrance or around the deck that surrounds the geothermal pool like this one:

My first impression was that this place was awesome. I was excited to explore and the water felt amazing on my skin.

In-Water Bar

The first thing I did after exploring the geothermal pool was head to the in-water drink bar. I don’t know why I assumed there’d be specialty drinks included, but I guess I didn’t read closely enough. The drink bar only has premade or bulk purchased drinks such as: Smoothies, soft drinks, beer, and wine.

It was nice being able to walk / swim up to the in-water bar and order my drink without having to exit the water. Once I got a little tipsy (fortunately I am a light weight because they only allow 3 drinks maximum per person), I started to lose track of time and where I was in the steamy waters:

Mask Bar

After getting a glass of wine, I headed over to the opposite side of the geothermal pool where the mask bar was located. I have never in my life put mud on my face (I’m so basic), so this was a new experience for me. My package included 3 different mud masks:

1) Lava Scrub Mask (Gray)

This gray mask replenishes the skin with essential minerals, helping to strengthen and balance the skin’s natural moisture barrier. You’ll wear this mask for about 5 minutes before washing it off at one of the cold water stations flowing into the pool nearby.

2) Silica Mud Mask (White)

Known for its deep-cleansing and exfoliating properties, this white mask helps to purify and smooth the skin. You’ll wear this mask for about 10 minutes before washing it off at one of the cold water stations flowing into the pool nearby.

3) Algae Mask (Green) or Mineral Mask (Whiteish Blue)

For the final mask, you’ll get to choose either the algae mask (green) or the mineral mask (whiteish blue). The algae mask is rich in nutrients and minerals, which promote anti-aging benefits. The mineral mask boosts your skins moisture level, which will provide you with a smooth, revitalized complexion.

You’ll wear this 3rd mask of your choice for any length of time. When you’re ready to wash it off, you will use the same cold water stations that flow into the pool.

Is Blue Lagoon Worth Visiting?

In this section I review some of my favorite parts, least favorite parts, as well as my overall score and recommendation.

Favorite Parts

  • The water is so warm. When I went to the Blue Lagoon, it was pretty frigid outside, in the 40s without sun. Stepping into the warm water was awesome.
  • After two glasses of wine, I kind of had one of those moments of losing track of where I was and what time it was as I walked through the thick fog from the geothermal waters.
  • I met a friend! While I was visiting Blue Lagoon alone, I was lucky to encounter another solo traveler at the mud bar.

Least Favorite Parts

  • I was somewhat disappointed that they didn’t offer any specialty drinks or made-to-order cocktails at the drink bar. They were all made or purchased in bulk. Kind of crazy considering the price tag to get in.
  • There are a lot of people visiting at any given time, which is not a huge problem since the geothermal pool is so large. It did feel a bit like an amusement park, trying to get as many people in and out as possible.
  • The initial locker room experience is pretty chaotic, and seeing a bunch of naked dudes walking around is not great, unless you’re into that kind of thing.
  • It definitely felt touristy. I was told Sky Lagoon was better by a local (they do have a 4.7 / 5 on Google, compared to a 4.6 / 5 for Blue Lagoon).
  • There are “lifeguards” patrolling the decks around Blue Lagoon, but it definitely had a weird prison guard vibe.

Overall Score

Overall, the Blue Lagoon is a must visit while in Iceland. While very cool, it is a bit overhyped. I still had a great time at the Blue Lagoon and would recommend a tourist visiting Iceland to experience it for themselves.

I give this adventure a 7.5 / 10.

Blue Lagoon Pro Tips After The Fact

Here are some tips for Blue Lagoon that I learned after the fact that can help you have the very best adventure:

  • While not required, water shoes worked great for me. You’ll have got walk around the locker room all the way to the pool bare foot, as well as in the actual pool. A pair of water shoes are recommended.
  • 3 hours should be plenty enough time to enjoy yourself at Blue Lagoon. If you eat lunch or dinner there, you can tack on another hour.
  • Consider Sky Lagoon as an alternative to Blue Lagoon. A local told me it was better than Blue Lagoon (although I cannot confirm).

My Experience Visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Final Thoughts on Visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Thank you for joining me on my adventure recap about visiting Blue Lagoon in Iceland! Blue Lagoon was definitely a moment in time I will remember and I highly recommend that you spend half a day of your Iceland trip here at Blue Lagoon, especially after a hard week hiking and exploring beautiful Iceland.

Happy wandering!

Anthony Bart
Author: Anthony Bart

Hello! Welcome to HappyWanders! My name is Anthony, I'm on a mission to live a life full of adventure and to help you to do the same. As an ex-corporate worker and current entrepreneur, I've been working to design a life with more time for adventure and less time for the 9-5 grind. If you're ready for an adventure, you're my type of person!

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