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Have the Ultimate Spa Experience at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

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When you look at pictures of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon tends to be one of the first things that come up. The allure of the spring lies in its striking visual appeal, as the juxtaposition of the steamy dreamy blue waters against the dark volcanic rocks creates a mesmerising sight. One of Iceland’s most famous attractions, the geothermal spa continues to draw visitors worldwide. But is it worth the hype?

Iceland’s topography resembles something out of Game of Thrones. Jagged coastlines marked by fjords, geological marvels and powerful waterfalls create a dramatic backdrop. As you step into the Blue Lagoon, one of five lagoons in Iceland, it only reinforces the diverse range of natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Whether you’re spending a few days in the country or are on a layover, it’s a great place to experience a unique wellness activity.

Relaxing in the pool at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Relaxing in the water at the Blue Lagoon. Courtesy of Vacay Stories

Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Iceland between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik’s city centre, this spa is an intoxicating experience worth exploring. Somewhat of a mystical place, the spring is famous for its ethereal waters that get its mesmerising hue from its high silica content that reflects blue light. But unlike the over 45 hot springs in Iceland, this one is man-made. 

The Blue Lagoon benefits from the proximity of the geothermal power plant Svartsengi, receiving its warm water from underground sources close to a lava flow. As a result, the pool stays warm all year round at 38 degrees C (100.4 F), which is one of many reasons I can’t wait to return for some tender loving care. 

Facilities and Amenities

Mask bar

There are spa experiences, and then there’s the Blue Lagoon. The mask bar can be found inside the pool and is an essential part of the experience. Choose between four purifying facials –  Silica Mud Mask, Algae Mask, Mineral Mask, and Lava Scrub Mask – to cleanse, enhance, hydrate and exfoliate your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth and luminous.  

Swim-up bar

The on-site bar is conveniently placed inside the pool, allowing you to quench your thirst without getting out of the water. 

Retreat Spa

This is the most luxurious package you can purchase at the Blue Lagoon granting you a private changing room and access to the eight secluded areas, including the Retreat Lagoon and Spa, and the Spa restaurant for five hours. With prices starting at just over £500 for two people, it’s a pricey option but suitable for those looking to splurge.

Restaurants

Given the nature of the lagoon, it’s only fitting that the on-site restaurants are equally unique. Lava restaurant, built into an 800-year-old lava cliff on the lagoon’s west bank, offers a gourmet dining experience with views of the pool from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Meanwhile, Moss restaurant, a Michelin-starred establishment, invites guests to indulge in a culinary journey featuring locally sourced ingredients that showcase the uniqueness of Icelandic cuisine. For a more laid-back dining experience, visitors can head to the Blue Café to enjoy snacks and breakfast in a spacious setting.

Spa Treatments

15 massages and treatments are available, some of which can be enjoyed while floating in the lagoon. Take part in a sound healing class, have a relaxing massage or have a Signature facial using in-house products.

Booking and Admission

Booking your visit in advance is highly recommended, especially during peak tourist seasons. The Blue Lagoon tickets come with three starting packages, Comfort, Premium and Signature, and how much you’ll get out of your visit essentially comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. If money isn’t an issue and you’re looking for a luxurious experience with privacy, then the Luxurious: Retreat Spa package is the one for you.

You can visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland all year around.
You can visit the Blue Lagoon throughout the year.

The Lagoon Experience

As with all popular attractions, the spa can be perceived as a tourist trap due to the influx of visitors. For context, Iceland has a small population of just over 375,000 people, yet the country saw 2.2 million visits last year. Out of those, over 700,000 visited the Blue Lagoon. But don’t let the numbers discourage you. The combination of the warm water, the surrounding volcanic landscape, and the often dramatic Icelandic sky is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tips for Visiting

  • Bring swimwear – While swimsuits are available for rent, it’s more convenient to bring your own.
  • Protect your hair – The high mineral content can make your hair feel dry and brittle. if possible, apply conditioner before entering the water.
  • Stay hydrated – The warm water can be dehydrating, so make sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Embrace the Blue Lagoon skin care line- The Blue Lagoon shop sells a range of skin and health-friendly products to help you care for your skin from the comfort of your home, including their favoured retinol cream.
  • Mind the weather – Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for changing conditions, but rest assured that the water remains warm and inviting.
  • Iceland is expensive – Food and beverages are locally priced, however, it’s pricy for the average tourist. 
  • Spot the Northern Lights – The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is between mid-September and early April. Why not plan to see it as you enjoy a holiday spa day?
  • Enter a volcano – One of several experiences, guests can descend inside a volcano to explore Iceland’s fascinating landscape.
  • Make it your last stop –  Let the Blue Lagoon be your last activity before heading to the airport. After days of exploring, you’ll want to end the trip on a high note in a soothing environment where you can relax. The distance from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik is approximately 80 km, while the journey from the spa to the airport is just 45 km.

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