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About Blue Lagoon Tours

The Blue Lagoon is a world-famous geothermal spa on Reykjanes peninsula, renowned for its healing waters and silica masks. Blue Lagoon tours include transfers, sightseeing and activity tours, or longer itineraries that include admission.

Blue Lagoon vouchers must be booked in advance, but should you book a tour package, the Guide to Iceland team will book your voucher for you. You can find the details of your Blue Lagoon experience in the "Quick Facts" section of each tour.

1. What is the difference between the Blue Lagoon's entry grades?

The Comfort Entrance includes access to the hot spring, a silica mud mask, a drink of your choice, the use of a towel and an algae mask. The Premium Entrance adds a bathrobe, a pair of slippers, and a reservation at the LAVA Restaurant with a glass of sparkling wine. The Luxury Entrance adds a private changing room, entrance to the Exclusive Lounge and samples of Blue Lagoon skin care products.

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

Yes, we highly recommend booking in advance as availability can be limited.

3. When is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon?

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

4. What are the opening hours of the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon has five different periods of opening hours throughout the year, ranging between 7 am and 8 am, and between 10 pm and midnight. Opening hours are shorter during specific public holidays.

5. 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 make the final decision on when you are allowed to enter the facility, depending on availability per hour.

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

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

7. I'm pregnant, can I enter the Blue Lagoon?

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

8. 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.

9. Is it true that the water in the Blue Lagoon can help alleviate skin disease?

The water in the Blue Lagoon is rich in minerals, such as silica and sulphur, and is reputed to have helped alleviate symptoms of psoriasis.

10. How do they clean the water in the Blue Lagoon?

Technically, they don’t, but they renew it. The water comes from the nearby geothermal power plant, Svartsengi, and gets renewed every two days. Also, the hygiene code is strict, and all guests are required to shower before entering the lagoon.

11. The Blue Lagoon is too expensive. Are there any other similar options? 

Yes, besides the geothermally heated public pools that you can find all over the country, where the usual entrance fee is 950 ISK, the Secret Lagoon, in Flúðir Village, and the Mývatn Nature Baths, by Lake Mývatn, are two excellent and less expensive alternatives to the Blue Lagoon.

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What is the Blue Lagoon?

Imagine walking through a ghostly lava field which 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 lagoon of milky cyan blue, steaming with naturally heated water, standing defiant and beautiful in the otherwise black barren landscape. Welcome to the Blue Lagoon.

Icelanders have long utilised 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 sea water, rich in minerals, and as the water ran through the surrounding lava field, it started to deposit silica, forming a 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 which 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?


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