The Blue Lagoon - Iceland

I love a good bit of relaxation and pampering as much as the next person, and I can tell you that the Blue Lagoon did not disappoint! The Blue Lagoon is actually a failed power plant, which is a little amusing considering that it’s now one of the most famed Geothermal Spas in the world! Located in Grindavik Lava field about 15 minutes drive from the international airport, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country!

In Iceland, they create electricity by pumping water through rock which is super heated by geothermal activity then shoots back out as steam running the turbines and generating power. When they created the blue lagoon, this was the plan however when pumping the water through the volcanic rock, the natural silica in the water clogged the holes within the porous and caused the water to start filling the lagoon area as it couldn’t flow down. They rebuilt the power plant very nearby and managed to run this efficiently despite complications with the blue lagoon site with the water pumped up from here being used in the lagoon. For anyone curious as to why I actually know something about this, I studied Geology for two years at A Level so this is something I really enjoy!

The silica and sulfur causes the water to be the stunning blue colour, and is also known to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The silica combines to form a clay like mud which is used by all bathers and rubbed on your skin like a mud mask! If you walk towards the far right of the lagoon, the mud is thick on the ground and you’ll be walking through it while in the water but if that creeps you out most of the lagoon is lined with volcanic stones. If you’re feeling like really pampering yourself, you can book a massage where they will lay you down and rub the silicon mud all over you while you simply relax above the 37-39 degree water!

Now while I hate to break the illusion, the lagoon structure is man made BUT the water and all the minerals within are 100% natural. They’ve even developed a skincare range so you can take these ‘super-powered’ minerals home with you to keep your skin refreshed! However, if you’d rather have a few drinks and have a laugh with good friends while soaking in the scenery around not to worry! The lagoon has a bar build in serving everything from healthy smoothies to sparkling wines and beers.

Now to make sure you have the best time here, make sure you book your tickets in advance online, it’s also a lot cheaper to do (I’ve outlined the prices at the end). There are four packages to chose from and definitely able to suit any budget. I promise you that it’s worth it even if you have little to spare! To get here, you simply hop on one of the skybus’ that go from the airport to Reykjavik as they all seem to stop at the lagoon on the way / way back. There’s even a luggage store for your big cases outside and is locked away for safekeeping until you’re ready to leave.  I wouldn’t prebook the bus though as they run way more regularly than they advertise online & it’s a lot cheaper on arrival (around 3000 icelandic krona cheaper!)

The changing rooms are rather small, and if you don’t like getting naked for all to see don’t panic as there are a couple private rooms to change in within the main changing room area, and a few toilets to sneak into. You also get a small locker for your valuables and changing clothes here so not to panic about leaving them far away in the luggage store. If you’re bothered by dirty showers though don’t fear, these are pristine and are constantly cleaned so ensure everyone can change and dress in peace without stepping in other people’s hair while trying to wash their own. Speaking of hair, if you have long locks like me, you want to whack it up into the highest top knot you can imagine. The water can play havoc with your hair and tangle it up due to all those volcanic minerals so make sure it’s tied away or you run conditioner through it without washing it out just beforehand (conditioner is provided by the lagoon and is complimentary).

To make a day of it, you can grab lunch in the restaurant on site by booking a table in advance and hop back into the lagoon after. From steam rooms to saunas that are also included, there is no way you’re not going to enjoy a few hours soaking away here!

Basic Package - €35

  • Entrance to lagoon

Comfort Package - €50

  • Entrance to lagoon
  • Use of towel
  • 1st Drink included
  • Skin Care trial pack

Premium - €65

  • Entrance to lagoon
  • Use of towel
  • 1st Drink included
  • Skin Care trial pack
  • Use of bathrobe
  • Use of slippers
  • Reserved table at the restaurant
  • Sparkling wine at restaurant

Luxury - €165

  • Entrance to lagoon
  • Use of towel
  • 1st Drink included
  • Skin Care trial pack
  • Use of bathrobe
  • Use of slippers
  • Reserved table at the restaurant
  • Sparkling wine at restaurant
  • Entrance to the Exclusive Lounge

Don't worry about your valuables while at the Blue Lagoon, you have two options to keep everything safe. Firstly you can lock your suitcase away on arrival to the car park, this costs around 3 euros and the are stored with attendants to watch over them. For your smaller valuables all the changing rooms have lockers which you can store a small backpack with your clothes and all those expensive knick-knacks inside worry free!