Blue Lagoon – a hot year-round resort in the cold northern country
The waters of the famous lagoon are so blue that they seem an integral whole with a beautiful Iceland sky. This amazing natural wonder is located on the peninsula Reykjanes, at the south-west of the country.
What is Blue Lagoon
Reykjanes Island was formed from slag through which the sea and fresh water leak and form huge underground reservoirs of hot water. Blue lagoon is fed by artificial means and you shouldn’t worry about the water cleanness as it is completely renewed every two days.
Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a geothermal pool, well-known worldwide. Moreover, it is really unique. Laguna is the landmark of the northern country and one of the favorite resorts in Scandinavia. Average water temperature in Blue Lagoon ranges from 37 to 40 above zero, in rare cases falling in windy weather. Rain and snow also have a slight cooling effect.
The Lagoon consists of fresh water by a third and sea water by two thirds. There is a lot of quartz, sea salt and blue-green algae. No organism can survive there, so for miles around there is nothing alive except black solidified lava. However, the lagoon water has a healing effect on humans and helps to cure many diseases. Moreover, white clay is used for all sorts of rejuvenating massages and masks.
On the territory of Blue Lagoon there is a spa complex with a cafe, restaurant, shop, hospital, and recreation area. For the convenience of the visitors there are crossings, bridges and waterfalls.
Blue Lagoon welcomes guests a year round: from September to May – from 10 am to 8 pm, throughout June – from 9 am to 9 pm, and in the peak season that falls on July and August – from 9 in the morning till midnight. Guests can stay in the territory of the thermal complex within 45 minutes after closing. You should specify Blue Lagoon opening hours during Christmas holidays beforehand.
If you want to enjoy the healing waters without crowds of tourists then you’d better go in the off-season, especially since even in winter the waters of the lagoon are hot. The best time to visit the resort is cloudy, windy weather as the lake is too hot; and it is much more difficult to endure bathing there in summer. When the air is cool enough it is nice to freeze a little, then take a dip in hot water, and then get cool again. The earlier you come to the lagoon the better as in the morning the flow of tourists is not so large. In winter, there are frequent storms, torrential rains and strong winds.
The price depends on the season. From September to May, the cost is 40 Euros for adults, 15 Euros for teenagers aged 14 and 15. In summer months, an entry for adults will cost 65 Euros, teenagers aged 14 and 15 are to pay 15 Euros. Children under 13, when accompanied by an adult, go free. The visitors will be also offered a towel for € 5 and a bathrobe for € 9, so having your personal things you can save a little.
The resort offers free storage, if necessary, where you can leave your suitcases and bags.
Where to stay
On the territory of the geothermal complex there is a Blue Lagoon hotel with 15 rooms. The cost of accommodation varies, depending on the season, from 190 to 280 Euros for a double room per night (breakfast and Blue Lagoon entry are included). Extra bed will cost 80 Euros per night.
The closest city to the lagoon (10 minutes away), where you can spend the night, is Grindavik. Here you can stay at the campsite, which runs from mid-May to late September. The cost of accommodation here is about 6 Euros, children under 14 – free. There is a shower, kitchen, internet access, playgrounds for children. If you prefer more comfortable accommodation, or come when the camp is closed, then pay attention to the guesthouses (60–80 Euros for a double room), as well as hostels and guesthouses in Keflavik, from 40 Euros per room.
Tourists who want more than just a visit to Blue Lagoon can reserve accommodation in Reykjavik. The choice is good: campsites, hotels, guesthouses, cottages and hostels. Hostels and campings are the cheapest. The first cost about 20-25 Euros per bed, a place in – 6-8 Euros per person per day. Three-star hotel will cost you from 120 Euros for a double room per night.
How to reach Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon geothermal complex is located 38 kilometers southwest of Reykjavik; the travel time from the bus station is 45 minutes. You can get to the resort from the international airport Keflavik, located 15 kilometers north-west of Blue Lagoon. The travel time is about twenty minutes. Regular buses go between Reykjavik, the airport and lagoon several times a day throughout the year. Near the complex there is a large parking lot always full of tourist buses, especially in season.
Trips to Blue Lagoon are organized by the local tour operator Reykjavik Excursions, as well.
- Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik: 22 Euros (with access to the Blue Lagoon: 60 Euros);
- Keflavik – Blue Lagoon – Keflavik ( Reykjavik ): 22 Euros (with access to the Blue Lagoon: 60 Euros);
- Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon (one way): 10 Euros;
- children under 11 years: free;
- children 12-15 years : 50 % discount.
Buses from Keflavik to Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon go from 8.00 to 18.00. The last bus leaves from Blue Lagoon at 21.00.
If you go to Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik by car then you need to go out of town by the road 41 towards Grindavik. If you go directly from Keflavik Airport you should first move along the road 41 till Reykjanesbraut, and then turn towards Grindavik.
What else to see near Blue Lagoon
You can spend the whole day in Blue Lagoon, enjoying warm healing waters, or stay there just for few hours, having devoted time for the beauties of the surrounding towns and neighborhoods.
- Walk around Reykjavik, the more that it will take just half a day to go throughout the city.
- Go to the popular bar – Kaffi Reykjavik, where year-round, the temperature does not rise above 5 degrees below zero, the entire room is built of blocks of ice and drinks are served in ice glasses.
- Have a tour to the Valley of Geysers located 60 km from the capital of Iceland. There is the Geyser which gave the name to this kind of natural phenomenon.
- Near Reykjavik there is the largest ski area in Iceland, Blafjoll. Skiing at this resort is perfect for the beginners and families.
- Go to Grindavik, a cute Icelandic town overlooking the sea, with neat streets. It is known for fishing and large esoteric center for the sun worshippers.
Traveling to Iceland, you can see lots of interesting sights in a short period of time. But sometimes, it is especially nice to stop and rest. If you ring changes on your little break by enjoying healing waters of Blue Lagoon hot springs, you will be able to continue your journey with renewed energy.