No doubt that you know at least one person who has been to Iceland in the past 5 years. They’ve posted photos of themselves hiking throughout the pristine landscape, petting the Icelandic horses, and gaping at the waterfalls. But the most iconic Icelandic attraction is the Blue Lagoon. The best (and really only way) to experience a Blue Lagoon tour is to visit the spa itself. Whether you visit the Blue Lagoon at the beginning or the end of your trip, you have to check it out!
About The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a man-made geothermal spa in the middle of a lava field, and gets its naturally cloudy blue hue from the abundance of silica. You can enjoy a few hours just relaxing in the water and sauna, or spend a night in their hotel and dine at one of their restaurants for the full experience. And if you’re worried about cold weather in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon stays around 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celcius) all year round.
The Blue Lagoon is a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík, but just a 15-minute drive from Keflavík Airport. You can easily grab a bus or car service from the airport to the Blue Lagoon and vice versa, or even rent a car yourself. Many travel agencies offer the Blue Lagoon tour as part of their package, i.e. they will drop you off at the spa after all other destination stops. Most people recommend visiting the Blue Lagoon either right after you land in Iceland, or right before you leave.
If you go after you land, you won’t feel rushed once you arrive at the spa. You may, however, feel extremely exhausted after your visit. If you go at the end of your trip, you will likely need to make a reservation for early in the morning, but it may be less crowded at that time. Either way, the spa can store your luggage, and you will want to spend 3-4 hours there to relax, eat, and redress.
Good to Know Before Visiting The Blue Lagoon
Make a reservation weeks (or months) in advance
To guarantee you can visit the Blue Lagoon on the day and at the time of your choosing, you have to make a reservation. This also prevents over-crowding at the Blue Lagoon to maintain a relaxing, enjoyable environment.
Included versus additional services
The two packages – Comfort and Premium – include entrance to the Blue Lagoon, one silica mud mask, a towel, and your first drink of choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). The Premium package also includes a second mask of your choice, slippers, use of a bathrobe, and a table reservation at the Lava Restaurant with sparkling wine.
Bathing suit required, bathrobe optional
A towel is included in both the Comfort and Premium ticket prices, but only the Premium ticket includes a bathrobe and slippers. But if you choose the Comfort ticket, you can still rent a bathrobe and purchase slippers.
If you are staying for just a few hours, the Spa Restaurant or Café will be your best options. They both have an all day menu – the Café serves smaller snacks and beverages, and the Spa Restaurant has a bit more variety. Lava Restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and if you book the Premium package, it includes a reservation (but not the cost of your meal). Moss Restaurant offers a seasonal dinner menu, which emphasizes the ingredients sourced from Icelandic farmers.
While the Café and Spa Restaurant may be more casual than Lava and Moss, remember that you will still pay Icelandic prices for your meals!