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THE BLUE LAGOON ICELAND
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is the most popular and visited destination in the country and one of the top places in the world to see according to National Geographic. Therefore the limited entrances quickly sell out and should be reserved well in advance of your trip. Don’t miss out on a chance to rub shoulders with visitors and celebrities from around the world (Beyonce, Jay Z and the Kardasians are just some of the rich and famous who have made the trip to enjoy this spectaular place).
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What is the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a luxurious bathing facility filled with crystal blue water, located among a sprawling black lava field, creating a stark contrast between the two vibrant colors and the two extreme textures. It is the most famous and most visited attraction within the “Island of Ice and Fire” as it is called by the locals. Without a doubt, the “Bláa Lónið" (in Icelandic) is a must-see on Iceland. The geothermal lagoon is situated in the Reykjanes Peninsula, close to the town of Grindavík, surrounded by expansive lands covered in the remnants of past volcanic eruptions. The steam that rises out of the heated water gives the impression of something mystical and other-worldly.
How to arrive at the Blue Lagoon:
There are several possible ways to arrive to the Blue Lagoon. Travelers can buy transportation and entrance to the Blue Lagoon as one package. This guarantees the one-stop-shop for the bus ticket to the Blue Lagoon, the entrance to the lagoon and the bus ticket from the Blue Lagoon to your final destination. And whether you are traveling from the airport or Reykjavik, you will be traveling in style. The buses are first class, extremely comfortable, offer WIFI on board and hire only the best drivers. The view from the bus is also not to miss.
Or if you have already booked an entrance ticket to the Blue Lagoon and only need a one-way to and/or from the Blue Lagoon, you can do so easily and travel in leisure in one of the many buses that leave multiple times a day from either the Keflavik International Airport (a 20-minute ride) or Reykjavik (a 40-45 minute drive). There are 14 bus stops in Reykjavik where visitors can get on and off the buses, all located in the center of the city close to most hotels. At the airport, there is one bus stop, ask at the Service Desk in the arrivals hall where to find the bus to the Blue Lagoon.
There is also the option to drive yourself to the Blue Lagoon and enjoy the free parking there. If you have rented (or intend to rent a motorhome or car in Iceland), then you can quite easily follow your GPS from whichever direction you are coming and make your way to the beautiful retreat of the Blue Lagoon, located at Norðurljósavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland.
If you decide to book entrance and transportation to the Blue Lagoon, it is possible to combine this tour with one of our other popular tours, such as whale watching, horseback riding, a viewing of Reykjavik, and many more.
Why is the water of the Blue Lagoon so warm?
The Blue Lagoon takes advantage of the unique system of geothermal heated water from a nearby geothermal power plant, allowing it to naturally produce water with medicinal and curative properties. This has lead it to become a much sought after place for travelers in search of wellness and health. The water enjoys a steady temperature of 37-39°C throughout the year thanks to the excess heat produced for the local community of Svartsengi, which is then pumped out into the lava fields, which is how the Blue Lagoon was first created. The water is replenished every 40-48 hours, ensuring its purity and mineral concentration.
Why is the Blue Lagoon so famous and popular?
“Bláa Lónið" on Iceland was only discovered in recent history. Since the 1970s it has been a favorite bathing place for locals, in particular after a man suffering from psoriasis claimed his condition improved after bathing in the lagoon. In more recent times it has grown to become an international phenomenon. Currently the pool is visited by more than a million people each year. Its waters which contain a high concentration of salt and other nutrients giving it a self-purifying feature as the minerals immediately eliminate all of the bacteria that bathers might have on them. The mud found at the bottom of the lagoon contains components such as sulfur and silica, which are recommended after having been tested and proven to be effective treatments for skin diseases such as psoriasis.
The Blue Lagoon and its more exclusive and private Retreat Spa in particular have won countless awards in recent times. The lagoon itself has been named the ‘Best Healing Spa’ by Conde Nast Traveller (a luxury travel magazine) for the past 5 years. The Retreat Spa adds its own awards too: ‘Best Solo Spa’ from the Organic Spa Awards, ‘Wellness Wonder’ from the National Geographic Big Sleep Awards, and ‘Best for Wellness’ from Jetsetters.com.
What time does the Blue Lagoon Iceland open and what time does it close?
- The Blue Lagoon is open every day throughout the year from 8:00 in the morning (7:00 from 31st of May - 18th of August) until at least 21:00 in the evening. The closing hours vary slightly depending on the time of year, so please be sure to check the timetable for the specific month. In addition, on Christmas Eve (24th of December), the Blue Lagoon closes at 15:00. There is also the option to make an exclusive reservation at one of the two world renowned restaurants on the premises. The Michelin Guide recommended Moss Restaurant is open from 18:30-23:00 while the Lava Restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30, where you can dine in your robe until 16:00 and for dinner from 17:00 till 21:00. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the best lagoon on the planet and swim in the refreshing, healing waters of the Blue Lagoon Iceland.
- How much does it cost to enter the Blue Lagoon? The Blue Lagoon Iceland has flexible pricing and can change depending on the current exchange rate ISK / EUR. The most economical entrances tickets tend to be between October and April. But during the day the most popular entrance times have fixed prices. Do not wait long to book your tickets to the Blue Lagoon to ensure the best prices and times available. As more tickets are sold, the prices will increase.