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Julie Hammer

Julie Hammer

Amazing!
26/11/2023, 23:33
Review of Small Group 12-Day Winter Package Tour of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

All our experiences for our 12 days in Iceland were booked through the Guide to Iceland website. Our 8-day Ring Road tour was preceded by a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a day-trip to a Langjokull Glacier, with visits to the Settlement Museum and a helicopter flight over the Litli Hrutur Volcano after our return to Reykjavik. Our 8-day small-group guided tour with Troll Expeditions which started on 29 October was by far the best way to see all the fabulous sights of Iceland, especially during the colder months when weather and roads can be somewhat treacherous. It was an incredibly full and very active itinerary, expertly led by our excellent guide John, who went out of his way to ensure we had the best experience. John made sure that we arrived at scenic spots or attractions before the crowds, and added in little “extras” whenever there was a spare moment. Our regular stops at cafés or restaurants were well-timed with a variety of food options for all tastes. Our small multinational group of 16 became a cheerful “family” in very quick time, and we couldn’t have enjoyed this spectacular tour with a better group. The small 18-seater coach was a little short on leg-room with very limited space for hand-luggage, but room for normal suitcases in the rear luggage compartment. It was clear during our travels that this is the standard vehicle used in Iceland for small-group tours. We would definitely recommend doing this longer tour to see the full highlights of Iceland, and specifically recommend Troll Expeditions and John as a great guide. The team at Guide to Iceland were very helpful and quick to respond to any queries we had. The information pack and vouchers they provided had a wealth of information and was received in plenty of time for our trip. Using their service was the ideal way to book with several different tourism operators through a single booking.

What is the Blue Lagoon?

Imagine walking through a ghostly lava field that better resembles a science-fiction movie set than anything earthly. The moss-covered, jagged lava creates a moody landscape dotted with mossy greens. Suddenly, you come across a milky cyan blue lagoon steaming with naturally heated water, standing defiant and beautiful in the otherwise black barren landscape. Welcome to the Blue Lagoon.

Icelanders have long utilized the geothermal nature of their island for domestic and industrial use. The Blue Lagoon spa was formed in 1976, quite accidentally, around the Svartsengi geothermal power plant. The run-off water from the power plant is seawater, rich in minerals, and as the water ran through the surrounding lava field, it started to deposit silica, forming mud which effectively plugged the holes in the lava field, creating the lagoon. As the water began to collect, it acquired another of its unique attributes, a particular kind of algae that can sometimes give the water a greenish hue.

By 1981, the first Icelander had braved to bathe in it and not only deemed it pleasant but relieving for his psoriasis.

The lagoon's location next to the airport makes it the perfect stop after arriving or just before departing Iceland, and many airport transfers to Reykjavík, offer a stop at the Blue Lagoon as part of the journey.

If you would rather make a day of it, there are other tours that include a visit to this dream-like place in their itinerary. Why not have a dip in the Blue Lagoon after exploring the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route or after a day of sightseeing in Reykjavík?

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the Blue Lagoon's entry grades and how much does it cost?

The Comfort Entrance package (from USD 99) includes access to the Blue Lagoon, a silica mud mask, a drink of your choice, and the use of a towel.

The Premium Entrance package (from USD 112) adds a bathrobe, two additional masks, and 1 glass of sparkling wine if you dine at the restaurant.

The Luxury Entrance package (from USD 412) adds a private changing suite, five luxurious hours at the Retreat Spa, and unlimited access both to the Blue Lagoon and the more exclusive Retreat Lagoon.

What are the opening hours of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

The opening hours of the Blue Lagoon change slightly based on the time of year. During the summers, it's open from 7 AM to midnight, but during winters, it's open from 8 AM to 9 or 10 PM. Opening hours are shorter during certain public holidays in Iceland.

Can I go directly to the Blue Lagoon from the airport?

Yes, you can book this affordable Blue Lagoon transfer from Keflavik airport and start your Iceland vacation by visiting this iconic location. Don't worry, you can store your luggage during your visit. After you're done bathing in the geothermal waters at the lagoon, your transfer continues on to Reykjavik. You can also treat yourself to a Premium admission package when booking your Blue Lagoon transfer from Keflavik.

How do I get from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon without a car?

If you need to get back to your hotel in Reykjavik, you can book a round-trip transfer to and from the Blue Lagoon, which will take you to the spa and back to Reykjavik after you're done soaking in the geothermal waters. You can also book a transfer to the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik airport; it's a great way to shake off jet lag and start your vacation at one of Iceland's most magical destinations. Alternatively, you can end your vacation in the Blue Lagoon with a transfer back to the airport.

Do I have to book entry to the Blue Lagoon in advance?

Yes, we highly recommend booking entry to the Blue Lagoon in advance as availability can be limited, especially during the high season in the summer and December. Keep in mind prices are dynamic, so if you book an entry ahead of time, the prices will be lower.

When is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Anytime between 8 AM and midnight is a good time to visit the Blue Lagoon. The water stays hot throughout winter and the facility is well-lit during dark hours. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most unique and popular attractions, so remember to reserve your spot early.

Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?

Definitely, the Blue Lagoon is worth it. Aside from being one of Iceland's most famous attractions and conveniently located near Keflavik airport, it is also a unique way to experience the country's rich natural resource of geothermal water. You can easily stop by the lagoon before leaving Iceland, making it a great way to relax and unwind at the end of your trip.

Is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland man-made?

Yes, the Blue Lagoon facility itself is man-made and the lagoon was originally an offshoot of a nearby geothermal power station. However, the water itself comes from a natural source and contains many beneficial minerals.

What happens if I arrive late to the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon reserves the right to refuse entry if you arrive late. In such cases, the Blue Lagoon staff will decide when you are allowed to enter the facility, depending on availability per hour.

Do I need to bring a towel to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

No, bringing a towel is not necessary as one will be provided for you to use during your visit to the Blue Lagoon.

How many hours do you need at the Blue Lagoon?

To get the full Blue Lagoon experience, we recommend 2–3 hours. Of course, you're free to stay longer and indulge yourself in the luxury provided at the spa.

Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, there is an age limit of 2 years to enter the water at the Blue Lagoon.

Can I stay in a hotel near the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, you can book a hotel by the Blue Lagoon and spend a night close to this iconic geothermal spa.

Can I upgrade my Blue Lagoon voucher?

Yes, simply contact your travel agent if you wish to upgrade your Blue Lagoon voucher. If you booked the entrance by yourself, however, you are responsible for any booking changes you wish to make.

Is the water in the Blue Lagoon good for the skin?

The water in the Blue Lagoon is rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur, which are good for the skin and are reputed to have helped alleviate symptoms of psoriasis.

How do they clean the water in the Blue Lagoon?

The water is constantly renewed throughout the day. The water comes from the nearby geothermal power plant, Svartsengi. Also, the hygiene code is strict, and all guests are required to shower before entering the lagoon.

How long can I stay in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Once you've entered the Blue Lagoon, you can stay there as long as you like. However, there is a 3-drink maximum at the swim-up bar.

I'm pregnant, can I enter the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Yes, pregnant women can enter the Blue Lagoon without problems. The average water temperature is 100 F (38 C).

How does the Blue Lagoon smell?

Like most of Iceland's geothermal water, including the hot water in Reykjavik, it has a distinct smell of sulfur. However, you will quickly acclimate to it and after a few minutes, it is hardly noticeable.

Can I take my phone to the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, there are no restrictions on bringing your phone to the Blue Lagoon. However, you are responsible for keeping it safe.

Can I eat and drink at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Yes, there is a café and restaurant for refreshments and light meals. The Blue Lagoon is also home to two high-end restaurants, the Lava restaurant and the Michelin-starred Moss restaurant. In the Blue Lagoon itself, there is a bar where you can order up to three drinks during your visit.

Is it necessary to book admission to the Blue Lagoon in advance?

Yes, it is highly recommended to book in advance, especially during the peak season in the summer. Booking in advance will ensure that you have a spot and can avoid long wait times.

What should I bring to the Blue Lagoon?

You should bring your swimsuit and any personal toiletries you may need. You'll be provided with a towel for use during your visit, and if you book the Premium or Luxury entrance, you'll also be provided with a robe.

Can I visit the Blue Lagoon in winter?

Yes, the Blue Lagoon is open year-round, including during the winter months. In fact, many people prefer to visit during the winter when the surrounding landscapes are covered in snow, and there's a possibility to see the northern lights while bathing.

Can children visit the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, children are welcome at the Blue Lagoon, but they must be at least 2 years old and accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under the age of 9 must wear floaties, which are available for rent.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to the Blue Lagoon?

No, outside food and drinks are not allowed at the Blue Lagoon. However, the Blue Lagoon has a café, bar, and restaurants where you can purchase food and drinks.

Can I wear contact lenses in the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, you can wear contact lenses in the Blue Lagoon, but it is recommended to bring a spare pair or wear glasses instead, as the minerals in the water can sometimes irritate the eyes.

Is the Blue Lagoon accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, the Blue Lagoon has wheelchair-accessible changing rooms, showers, and restrooms. The lagoon itself is also accessible, and the staff can assist with accessibility needs.