The Blue Lagoon in Iceland: useful information for your visit
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of the experiences that anyone traveling to in the country even just for a few days cannot avoid: because of its proximity to the airport it is often the final stop of an on the road in Iceland but it can also be the crowning of a long weekend in Reykjavik.
The Blue Lagoon is located in the territory of Grindavik, 40km south of Reykjavik, on a land full of geothermal springs and it is the result of the creation of the geothermal power plant of Svartsengi, only a few km away: it is not therefore a natural swimming pool as many as you can find in Iceland (including the famous Secret Lagoon near Fludir) but an artificial swimming pool whose waters are “changed” every 2 days.
The peculiarity of theBlue Lagoon is not only its hot water (constantly between 38° and 40°), but also its color, an intense blue/green given by the presence of Cyanobacteria and the silica mud that is all around the pool, located in a volcanic rock aged over 800 years ago.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland: useful information
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is among the most visited attractions and for this reason, especially in summer and weekend, queues can be long and you will spend more time waiting than in the water. My advice is to book your ticket in advance on the official site choosing the package you prefer: the basic package, just the entrance, costs 40 euros and does not even include the towels that can be bought separately or the poolside drink. If you pay more you are entitled to more experiences until you get to the full package that also includes the gastronomic experience at the Lava Restaurant inside the Lagoon and the entrance to the Lounge.
Upon your arrival at the Blue Lagoon you will receive a bracelet that allows access to dressing rooms and all the services for which you have paid for; for this reason, it is absolutely not necessary to bring in money or other materials, except for mobile phones and cameras. Remember that even if you have waterproof equipment, geothermal waters and silica can damage internal mechanisms.
In the summer, the lagoon is open until late night (night will never arrive) while in winter the closing time is between 20 and 22: personally one of the most beautiful experiences of my life has been staying immersed in the waters of the Blue Lagoon while snowing and drinking an icy cocktail without feeling cold.
Blue Lagoon Iceland: etiquette and rules
- It is always good to remember that in the pools there are people from all around the world and not everyone likes to be photographed without permission;
- Before entering the water it is mandatory to get a completely naked shower to remove excess fat and dirt so as to keep the water as clean as possible;
- Before entering the water it is good to spread the conditioner on your hair (it’s included in the entrance) to prevent the hair from drying out and repeating the application abundantly during the shower. To be honest it must be added that the hair, even embalmed, will be affected by water and vapors;
- Although we are in the North, the swimsuit is mandatory.
Is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland worth?
For me it is an experience that has to be done but you should be aware that, especially in summer, the number of people may be really high and obviously the cleaning in the changing rooms (and probably even in the water) might be missing a bit. In the winter things are different, there are fewer people and you can definitely enjoy the experience, from every single point of view. The full experience would also include the Lava Restaurant whose food is really great and special, but I recommend to book a table only to those who really want to experience the pleasure of dining in Laguna: just a few miles from the Blue Lagoon is Grindavik where the choice of restaurants to dine it is really good.
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[All photos are copyright by Giuseppe Milo. The trip to Iceland has been part of a journalistic and photographic project. Thanks to Inspired bIceland and The Blue Lagoon r for hosting us. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced in any way]