Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Posted on January 7, 2011


Water door entry to the lagoon

water-massage treatment area

Entry toward the water door

Swimming spot: Blue Lagoon

Blue lagoon is situated in the middle of a large black basalt lava field and was established in 1992. The Lagoon’s water is geothermal seawater from 2,000 meters beneath the ground, rich in silica, minerals and algae. The famous lagoon water is reputed to help those suffering from psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon is 37-39°C.  Blue Lagoon is actually man-made. It was created by run-off from the Svartsengi power plant, which pumps up the geothermally heated water from below ground. After being used to generate both heat and electricity, the excess (which is absolutely clean) is ejected into the lagoon.

Where: Blue lagoon is located just  40 minutes from Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik close to Keflavik International Airport. It’s just a 20 minute drive from the airport.

Getting to the spot: You can drive there easily yourself if you have access to the car. There are scheduled buses from the city and the airport to Blue Lagoon. Alternatively there are tour buses running to the lagoon from Reykjavik.


Blue Lagoon
240 Grindavík

Accommodation: Take your pick in Reyjavik: like any major city you can choose from hostels, motels and hotels. Hotel style accommodation is available at Blue Lagoon also if you’re after a luxury experience.

Facilities: All you need is your bathers really. The complex provides conditioner for your hair (the silica mud in the lagoon can be drying on the hair), showers and lockers as well as wet and dry saunas. The deck chair lined relaxation mezzanine area that over looks the expanse of the lagoon is the perfect place to lay back and contemplate re-entry into the lush water. For a set price you’ll have access to the lagoon and for those who were willing to pay for the privilege, a swipe of your wrist band grants entry to the private aquatic bar via a heavy glass door within the water.  Treatments are available on site including massage in the lagoon.

The complex also houses a restaurant with higher price point meals.  The cafeteria provides a more respectably priced lunch.

About the area: The road from Reykjavik city is straight and an easy drive. The terrain is treeless and volcanic. One feels as though they’re on the moon. There is not much else, aside from the airport, in proximity to Blue Lagoon but it’s a perfect stop if you’re on your way to experience puffin spotting on the country side Icelandic cliffs or if you’re on your way to the Golden Circle tourist area and the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, north of the town Vik.

Nearby known swimming spots: The Hot Springs Walk on the Hengill plateau in Reyjavik

Other swimming spots in Iceland:

Vik aquatic centre

Landmannalaugar hot springs in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve(Icelandic highlands)

Hveravellir hot springs in the middle of the west highlands between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull

Snorralaug Hot Spring in Reykholt

Hveragerði Hot Springs in Hveragerði

Laugafell Hot Spring, Laugafell

Nearby towns: Reykjavik

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