The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions, the heated lagoon set within a volcanic landscape makes for one of the most unique experiences in the world. The Blue Lagoon in Iceland has been voted one of the Wonders of the World and is recognized for its healing powers and connection to the earth. Although The Blue Lagoon is a manmade attraction, the warmth is a natural phenomenon from earth’s geothermal power. People from around the world come to Iceland to experience the uniqueness and luxury offered from The Blue Lagoon, but there a lot of things to know before heading here. Here is our guide to visiting the most popular destination in Iceland.
BOOKING OPTIONS AT THE BLUE LAGOON
The Blue Lagoon has three different Day Visit options, Comfort Entry, Premium Entry and The Retreat Spa
THE BLUE LAGOON COMFORT ENTRY
This is The Blue Lagoon’s general entry, it is the cheapest and simplest option for entry into The Blue Lagoon. The cost starts at $55 USD per person and goes up to as much as $79 depending on the time of day.
The Comfort Entry includes use of a towel, public locker rooms with showers and toiletries, silica mud mask and complementary drink of your choice.
THE BLUE LAGOON PREMIUM ENTRY
The next level of entry into The Blue Lagoon is the Premium Entry option. Premium entry starts at $79 USD and goes up to $102 depending on the time of day.
Premium Entry includes use of a towel, public locker rooms with showers and toiletries, silica mud mask, complementary drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant and sparkling wine if dining
THE RETREAT SPA
The last and most luxurious option for entry at The Blue Lagoon is the Retreat Spa. The Retreat Spa starts at $232 USD per person.
The Retreat Spa is a luxury option with exclusive amenities and private experiences. It begins with 4 hour exclusive entry to The Blue Lagoon and Retreat Lagoon. At the Retreat Spa you will receive in-water treatments and hidden spa experience, there is a Blue Lagoon Ritual treatment and massages. You will receive private changing rooms, skin care amenities, complementary drink of your choice and access to the Spa Restaurant.
STAYING AT THE BLUE LAGOON
THE RETREAT HOTEL FROM BLUELAGOON.COM
Silica Hotel → $527 USD per night, spa and treatments, private Silica Lagoon and unlimited Blue Lagoon entry
Retreat Hotel → $1200 USD per night, Retreat Spa inclusions and luxury overnight suites. Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, staying at the Retreat Hotel includes unlimited access to the Retreat Spa, the Retreat Lagoon, and the Blue Lagoon
BEFORE ENTERING THE BLUE LAGOON
FOR THE COMFORT AND PREMIUM ENTRY OPTIONS
Book in advance, pre-booking is required and you will not be able to enter the lagoon without a booking made ahead of time. It is also smart to book advance simply so you can plan ahead for your day and get your desired time.
I recommend booking pretty far in advance to ensure efficient travel time to the lagoon. It is located a short 15 minutes from Keflavik Airport and 30 minutes from Reykjavik.
Many travelers who visit the lagoon go upon their arrival or before departing from the airport as it is a convenient drive and is great if you are exploring Iceland for a short period of time.
LUGGAGE FACILITY AT THE BLUE LAGOON PHOTO FROM WHERETONEXTTRAVELBLOG.COM
If you are traveling from the airport and have a concern about your luggage, don’t. The Blue Lagoon has a wonderful system for you to store your luggage safely and inexpensively. There are a couple options, you can speak with staff at the front entrance and they can assist you or use the luggage facility in the main Blue Lagoon Parking Lot.
If you are renting a car there is a massive parking lot that is free. If you are going with a bus tour you will have everything sorted out for you. There is a shuttle that starts at $37 USD and runs transfers between The Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik.
ENTRANCE TO THE BLUE LAGOON
Check-in is quick and you will receive a wristband to enter the locker room depending on which entrance you have reserved. If you have the Premium Entrance you will receive your bathrobe and slippers upon check-in.
The minerals in the lagoon will cause some damage to your hair and it is recommended to put conditioner in before you enter or just avoid letting it touch the water. You are required to shower off before entering the lagoon anyways so I recommend soaking your hair in conditioner.
There are locked lockers in both the men’s and women’s dressing rooms and shampoo and conditioner provided to you in the showers.
If you are doing the Comfort Entry and public showers gross you out, bring your own flip flops. They are not included with this entry option although, I forgot my own pair and found a random fresh pair in the locker room that I snagged which is the cheapskate version of avoiding the nasty floors
If you are doing the Premium Entry option or more exclusive entrance into the lagoon they will provide you with flops and you will be good to go.
There are also hair dryers and other toiletries provided at the vanities in the dressing rooms for after.
EXPERIENCING THE BLUE LAGOON
After rinsing off in the showers and getting your things situated in the lockers, you will be ready to enter the lagoon. We wanted to bring phones and our camera with us to the lagoon in order to get some photos, the one issue was the weather as it was misty and wet outside.
So, it is good to know that you are able to go in and out of the locker room as much as you need, we snagged our photos right near the entrance and then put our things back in the locker before heading out to the entire lagoon.
Even on a sunny day I would say it is smart to do your photos right away then put your tech items away so you don’t have to leave them unsecure on the lagoon’s edges.
No matter which entrance you have chosen you will receive a complimentary drink. If you wander through the lagoon you will stumble across the bev bar, but if you are eager for some champagne it is off to the right a bit towards the main building.
After your complimentary drink, you can continue having drinks with your wristband as they scan it every time you place a drink order. As you exit the main facility you will have a chance to pay for your purchases at the end where you checked in.
To receive your free silica mask, find one of the staff walking through the water with buckets of it or stop at one of the stations within the lagoon and get a handful.
The Blue Lagoon is notoriously always busy, but don’t let that scare you the lagoon is huge and you can find some quieter corners for photos or a more private experience.
You can stay in the lagoon for however long you want, honestly I could’ve stayed all night but you prune quick in the water lol.
If you have more flexibility with your trip / time in Iceland, check the weather. I hear going on a sunny day makes for a surreal time at the lagoon
Visit Blue Lagoon’s Website to book your time slot and learn more about your booking options
For more detail on The Retreat Spa read our post Luxury Trip to the Blue Lagoon