The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is a unique experience in Iceland.
Hailed as one of the wonders of the world by the National Geographic, this geothermal spa is truly a gem in its own right. You will surely appreciate this unique wellness spa. The sustainable energy produced by the Svartsengi Power Station shows that nature and technology can work together.
My husband and I went to Iceland for my birthday. Our first stop in our Iceland itinerary was the Blue Lagoon Iceland. This famous luxury geothermal spa is only 30 minutes away from Keflavik Airport, the main international airport in Iceland. We arrived in Keflavik airport about 8 am so we decided to make our way straight to the Blue Lagoon before heading to Reykjavik.
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There are different bus companies that do transfers from Keflavik – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik. Alternatively, a car rental or taxi service can be arranged. It was more convenient for us based on our itinerary to make the Blue Lagoon our first stop. Blue Lagoon is located in the Southern Peninsula of Iceland around 40 minutes away from Reykjavik. Related Article: DIY Guide Golden Circle Route in Iceland
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What makes the Blue Lagoon special?
The main highlight in Blue Lagoon Iceland is the turquoise water of its geothermal pool.
This is because of the geothermal water has beneficial effects on our skin. The geothermal water in Blue Lagoon has active ingredients: silica, minerals and algae.
Here are the reasons why these 3 active ingredients are considered to be magical!
You should consider Silica as your new best friend when it comes to keeping skin’s youthful glow. Silica helps our skin to keep the moisture and elasticity. It also helps to prevent some of the damage caused by ageing like skin sagging, dryness and dull skin. Silica is normally found in a volcanic environment. On your visit to the Blue Lagoon don’t forget to try the Silica Mud on your face and body.
Minerals are vital to our skin as it serves like an important part of the formula in keeping our skin healthy. They fill in the gaps that will help our skin to maintain its youthful glow. It is now popular to include minerals in cosmetics and other skin care products.
One of the Blue Lagoon’s unique feature is the algae that can be found in the thermal pools. These Coccoid and Filamentous blue-green algae can do wonders in helping your skin to produce natural collagen, this can help to protect and repair damage caused by the harmful UV rays and ageing.
Different scientific research were made to study and prove that the water and the mud here in Blue Lagoon can help treat different skin problems. Blue Lagoon has a private clinic for people with psoriasis and other skin problems. The mud and water in Blue Lagoon can help the healing process and treatment. The Blue Lagoon’s guests can make outpatient appointments or in-house appointments for the whole course of treatment.
How it all began?
The Blue Lagoon’s mineral rich water is the end product of the nearby geothermal power plant, the Svartsengi Power Station.
Yes, you’ve read it right.
The eco cycle starts from the mixture of fresh and sea water being heated by the underground lava fields that then produces the geothermal reservoir fluid. The reservoir fluid is used to fuel the power plant to create electricity and central heating in areas in Iceland. After this process, the water will then go to the pools of Blue Lagoon.
It all started in the 70’s when employees of the power plant started bathing in the nearby geothermal pool. They discovered that the water had healing benefits. The waters in Blue Lagoon is considered to be one of the main treatments for Psoriasis in Iceland, Denmark and Faroe Islands.
Would you like to visit the Blue Lagoon?
Now that you know why Blue Lagoon is a unique attraction in Iceland, I would like to share to you some tips on how you can enjoy your visit in this awesome and unique geothermal spa.
I suggest booking your tickets online. Check out this link for different ticket prices.
I have mentioned earlier in this article that you can visit the Blue Lagoon Iceland right after you land in Keflavik airport. Upon arrival in the Blue Lagoon, you will see a small building where you can leave your luggage while you’re in the spa. They charge 1 Euro per luggage and you will be given a luggage stub for collection.
Head towards to the reception area, where you can collect your wrist pass (if you booked your tickets online) and the inclusions in your chosen package. We had the Premium Pass which includes everything that we need. It also includes a reserved table in the Lava Restaurant and a free glass of sparkling wine.
Once you received your wrist pass and other amenities you can head towards your respective changing areas. Pick any of the open lockers where you can store your things. Each set of lockers has their own scanner. To lock the locker, you need to push the locker door firmly and immediately scan your wrist pass to the respective scanners to lock it! It took me a good few minutes to figure that out!
Remember: The lockers in the changing areas are pretty small. The locker is enough for a small bag and your clothes.
Into the shower room…
To maintain the hygiene standards in the bathing areas all guests are requested to have a full shower. The mineral shampoo and conditioners are provided in the shower rooms.
Haircare Tip: After washing your hair with the Blue Lagoon shampoo, soak your hair with the conditioner and leave it in while you are bathing in the lagoon to protect your hair from the thermal water. Otherwise, the water can make your hair stiff and dry. Never soak your hair in the mineral rich geothermal water! Trust me, just don’t do it!
Another thing that you have to be aware of while you are in the shower room is you need to have a shower naked. Yes, no swimming costumes. Don’t be so surprised if you see other guests walking around naked. You have been warned.
The water is at a constant temperature of 37 – 39 degrees Celsius all year round. There is a small bar in the middle of the lagoon where you can order your drinks (you pay for your drinks when you leave the spa). You can also enjoy the sauna cave!
Take your time and relax. There is also a relaxing area indoors where you can lounge and take a nap. After your relaxing time in the lagoon, you can grab a snack in the Blue Lagoon’s bistro or in the Lava restaurant. The food prices in the Lava Restaurant are:
The 2 course set menu is ISK 5,900 (USD $47) and the 3 course set menu is ISK 6,900 (USD $55)
For the A la Carte Menu, the prices are ranging from ISK 1,800 – ISK 4,800 (USD $15 – USD $38)
After the sumptuous meal in the Lava restaurant or the bistro, you can visit the viewing deck and enjoy the view of the spa and lagoon. Alternatively, you can visit the Blue Lagoon shop on your way out. You can find here different memorabilia of Blue Lagoon and their Blue Lagoon beauty products.
Reminder: The Blue Lagoon will be closed most dates in January 2016 to make way for the renovation projects in the geothermal spa. The construction in the spa will be throughout 2016 to prepare for the opening of the new Blue Lagoon Luxury hotel in 2017!
Note: Two Monkeys Travel Group would like to thank Blue Lagoon Iceland for the complimentary Premium Pass. Opinions in this article are my own.
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I hope you enjoyed my article, I’m sure this will help you when you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. If you’ve been to Blue Lagoon Iceland, share us your stories!
About the Writer
Ryazan Tristram is named after a Russian city near Moscow. The Miss Zan-shine of Everything Zany – A Photography, Lifestyle and Dual Citizen Travel Blog. She likes to travel, history, meet people & try exotic foods! Planning to explore more countries with her D.I.Y trips as a Dual Citizen (British – Filipina). Follow her travels on Facebook and Instagram.