A Complete Guide To The Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwest Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field favorable for geothermal power. It is the most popular attraction in Iceland, drawing visitors from all over the world. It is known for its healing tranquil blue waters and five Star Spa. So it is no wonder Lagoon receives more than 800,000 visitors annually.

What is so special about Blue Lagoon, Iceland?
The Blue Lagoon is known for its mineral-rich water and soft white silica mud. Visitors enjoy the benefits of bathing in the Blue Lagoon and applying silica mud on their skin. It is the perfect destination to rejuvenate yourself.

Why did people start bathing in the Blue Lagoon?
In 1981, a psoriasis patient took a bath in Lagoon and noted that water has decreased all the symptoms, and later on Lagoon became popular. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established.
In 1990 studies confirmed the beneficial effect of lagoons on the skin diseases like psoriasis. A psoriasis clinic was opened in 1994 and then in 1995, blue Lagoon company began marketing skin products containing silica, algae, and salt.

How was the Blue Lagoon formed?
Though the water is a byproduct of the local geothermal power Station, superheated water from the ground is used for more turbines that make electricity. After that, the water passes through a heat exchanger to supply heat for a municipal water heating system after which the water flows into the lagoon. The water in the Blue Lagoon renews every 48 hours.

The all-natural water is not artificially disinfected and is rich in minerals, PH 7.5, and a salt content of 2.5%, still, it contains no environmental bacteria, fungi, or plants. It is a self-cleaning ecosystem. It has been gifted a blue flag for more than a decade.

What is the temperature of Blue Lagoon?
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the Lagoon average is 37 to 39°C (99-102 38°F). It is an ideal temperature for soaking your body which is way more enjoyable than burning your skin off!

Why is it called Blue Lagoon?
The Lagoon is blue because of the way silica-the lagoons, iconic and most abundant element-reflects visible light when suspended in water. The crazy blue shade of milky water is due to the high silica content.

Do you need a reservation to enter the Blue Lagoon?
Yes, it is highly recommended to book your ticket days (or even weeks!) in advance to get it as the Blue Lagoon has become famous internationally as well tops many travelers’ bucket lists.

Is showering recommended before entering the Lagoon?
Yes, guests are required to take a shower prior to using the geothermal spa. This is important to keep the minerals in the water. Pure oils that come from lotions or perfumes could damage the water. There are private changing rooms, which are split up by gender.

Showering is not recommended after the Lagoon unless you want it. The minerals from the water have amazing benefits for your skin. So it is recommended to leave them on for long periods of time.
Since geothermal seawater has high levels of silica, it can make your hair stiff and difficult to manage. So it is better to apply conditioner before entering the lagoon.

Does your hair be destroyed in the Blue Lagoon?
The water at the Blue Lagoon is not good for your hair. You should be cautious. If you have naturally black hair, curly hair, or color-treated hair. The locker rooms at the Blue Lagoon offer lots of conditioners, so that made it easy.

Good to know: even if you condition your hair, don’t let it touch the water. You are not missing out on much if you don’t. You can choose to wear a swim cap if you don’t like it, but it is still better to keep your head dry.
The Blue Lagoon has swim caps for sale if you need them.

Does the Blue Lagoon in Iceland have private showers?
Yes, there are private cabins for changing and showering

Can you swim in the Blue Lagoon?
You can swim a couple of leisurely breaststrokes, It’s not suitable for vigorous exercise and too shallow to dive into.

How deep is the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is a maximum of 1.7 meters (4.7 feet) deep.
So, children are allowed with a guardian while in the Blue Lagoon.

Is the Blue Lagoon natural?

The Blue Lagoon is not a natural hot spring. It’s a man-made Lagoon made with water from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant.

What are the Minerals found in Blue Lagoon?
The mineral-rich azure of the Blue Lagoon is healing. The two minerals found in water are sulfur and silica, and the combination of these gives the ethereal blue tint.

What is the age limit to visit Blue Lagoon?

The minimum age to enter the Blue Lagoon is two years old, and admission is free for 2 to 13 years olds.
Children less than 13 years should be accompanied by adults
Children less than eight years must wear floaties (which are available at the entrance and free of cost)

As the closing time of the lagoon changes from season to season, guests must always exit the water 30 minutes before closure.

You will notice bathers covered with white face masks, which are from a silica mud mask complementary to all bathers.

There is also an in-water bar and mask bar. The bar has a refreshing selection of soft drinks, beer, Wine, smoothies, and juices.
The mask bar has both a silica mud mask and an algae mask, the former deep cleans and the latter stimulates collagen production.

Can you see the northern lights from the Blue Lagoon?
Yes, you can! Sometimes the northern lights appear earlier in the night, other times if maybe the wee hours of morning. There is no way to predict this. We do recommend downloading the Hello Aurora App, which can give you an estimate of when the Aurora will be at its highest.

Can you visit the Blue Lagoon at night?
Yes- but the opening hours vary based on the time of the year. From June through mid-August, the Blue Lagoon is open until midnight. During the summer months, the midnight sun ensures that you have a bit of light throughout.
The advantage of visiting the Blue Lagoon Iceland at night is that it has a peaceful, dusky, almost Smoky atmosphere.
However, don’t plan to get images of the Blue Lagoon at night underneath the dark sky.

What is the entrance fee to Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon tickets start from 46$ for adults. Although comfort Spa tickets cost 94$.

What are the types of spa treatments at the Blue Lagoon?
Comfort, Blue Lagoon:
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon

Silica mud mask

Use of towel

First drink of your choice
Cost: 12,990ISK (US$94)

Premium blue Lagoon:
This package includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon

Silica mud mask

Two additional masks of your choice

Use of towel

The first drink of your choice

Use of bathrobe

1 glass of sparkling wine if dining at Lava restaurant.

Cost: 15,490 I SK (US$112)

Luxury: Retreat Spa
5-hour exclusive entry to the retreat spa
Entry to Blue Lagoon, Retreat Lagoon, retreat spa,
Private changing room
The Blue Lagoon ritual
Skincare amenities
A drink of your choice
Access to this for restaurant
Access to 8 subterranean spaces
Cost: 44,500 ISK (US$324)

Actually, Comfort Spa is a good option to enjoy The Blue Lagoon, but if you want to spend then you can consider Luxury: retreat Spa.

Would you like to experience an in-water massage?
It is relaxing and hypnotic. In water, massage opens new vistas of well-being for your mind, body, and spirit. Draped in a warm blanket and supported by a floatation mat, you enter a state of total comfort, regardless of the weather.

Cost: 15,900 ISK (US$115) for 30 minutes

Would you like to experience Float therapy in the Blue Lagoon?
Warmth, weightlessness, and well-being in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon. A hypnotic session of floatation and gentle bodywork that relaxes the mind, soothes the body, and elevates the spirit-relieving stress, elevating pain, and catalyzing inner peace. There are three types of treatments. Solo Float therapy provides a one-to-one relationship with your flawed, therapist, providing maximum attention.

Cost: 24900 ISK (US$181)

Duration: 45 minutes

Couple Float therapy is less individualized, with the Float therapist dividing the time between two people


Cost: 19900 ISK (US144$)

Duration: 45 minutes

In group Float therapy, the float therapist becomes the supervisor, focusing on preserving the spatial harmony of the participants.
Cost: 10,900 ISK (US$79) per person

Duration: 45 minutes

What is the difference between in-water massage and Float therapy?
In water massage, focuses on muscles, trigger, points, and stiffness, while flotation, therapy, targets, bone structure, joints, and the release of tension from the spine. In essence, massage in flotation therapy is lighter.

Dining Options at Blue Lagoon
Lava restaurant
Gourmet dining on the shores of the wonder of the world.
Showcasing the savoury highlights of Icelandic cuisine, based on the finest freshest, local ingredients. Dine in your casual dress.
You can reserve your table prior to enjoying hassle-free dining

Moss restaurant
Exquisite Re inventions of Icelandic cuisine.
Moss occupies the highest point at Blue Lagoon, Iceland, offering stunning views of the volcanic Horizon.

Spa restaurant
Before, during, or after your spa journey, enjoy the restaurants in a chanting ambiance and savory nourishment. Dine in your robe or normal clothes. No reservations are needed. A place to unwind and relax.

Is the water in the Blue Lagoon good for people with psoriasis?
The Blue Lagoon’s medical benefits were first discovered by Valur Margeirsson, a young man from Keflavik looking for treatment for psoriasis. He cured his psoriasis from frequent soaks in Blue Lagoon, Iceland. So many people with skin conditions, enjoy spending time in an environment like this.
Blue Lagoon itself has healing properties.
You can find some pairs of algae plants in the Blue Lagoon, which features an amalgamation of minerals in the water to create the perfect skincare combination.

Do the Lagoons algae have anti-aging properties?
Clinical studies have proven that blue Lagoon s algae stimulate collagen renewal in the skin. Furthermore, it helps defend against sun damage by preventing the breakdown of collagen. If you are lucky enough to visit the blue Lagoon Research and Development Centre, you will see their race, their own algae in evenly lit, gently circulating tubes of water.
This makes it an ideal ingredient to apply anywhere on the body, especially on the face. You can use it after a deep cleaning mud mask, if you have overly dry or sensitive skin, it will hydrate and smooth while preventing wrinkles and fine lines.

Does the silica in Lagoon preserve moisture?
Silica is a mineral compound, found in the Blue Lagoon, and is perhaps its most buzzed element. Silica strengthens the skin barrier function, which means it helps to lock in moisture and keep out toxins. This, in turn, ensures a youthful, form complexion, and also slows signs of aging.

Can the Lava rock be used to exfoliate?
The Blue Lagoon sits on the lava field, as does pretty much all of Iceland. They extract some lava rock and ground it into defined powder with the main ingredient in their Lava scrub. It’s a gentle exfoliant since it’s been ground up so small. In addition to lifting dead skin cells, from the surface of the skin, it stimulates blood flow and nutrient delivery, bringing healthier cells to the surface of the skin, so you have fewer breakouts and dark spots.

In-Water Bar

Quench your thirst without leaving the water. Choose from a selection of smoothies, juices, soft drinks, beer, and wine.

Opening timings:
January 1-May 31: 8 AM to 9 PM
June 1-August 20: 7 AM to 12 AM
August 21-December 31: 8 AM to 10 PM

Holiday hours Christmas Eve 8 AM to 4 PM
New Year’s Eve 8 AM to 6 PM

How to get to the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is only 20 minutes from Keflavik international airport. If you have a rental car, you can drive or else you need to book both transfers to Blue Lagoon and entrance to Blue Lagoon.
Even you can schedule a long layover flight in Iceland and hit the hot Springs before your next leg of the journey.
The Blue Lagoon is 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavik. That makes it the perfect first stop when arriving in Iceland or the last stop before leaving the country.

The Blue Lagoon is the perfect destination to rejuvenate yourself.

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