What is the Blue Lagoon?

It’s basically a large manmade, geo-thermal spa in western Iceland. The water of the Blue Lagoon is a mixture of both underground, geo-thermal water and fresh water and it is full of minerals, algae and silica. The mineral content of the Blue Lagoon water is allegedly very good for the lifting and toning of your skin. Because the water comes from 2000 meters below the earth’s surface, the water temperature can naturally vary between 98 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The Blue Lagoon was named because the water of the lagoon looks blue when reflected from the sun but in actuality, the water is a milky white color. And don’t worry about the smell, the sulfur has been removed so there is no funky smell at all anymore.

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Where is the Blue Lagoon and how do you get there?

The Blue Lagoon is located in the town of Grindavik, approximately 12 miles from Keflavik Airport (20 mins by car) and 24 miles from the city of Reykjavik (50 mins by car). If you are coming from the airport, you might be tempted to hire a taxi but I don’t recommend it as taxis are incredibly expensive in Iceland. You’re much better off renting a car or purchasing a transfer from any of the local tour companies at the airport. Ice Vikings (www.icevikings.is) have transportation accommodations for visiting the Blue Lagoon from the airport and their counters are located just after customs. If you are coming from the airport and need to store your luggage, there is a luggage storage office at the Blue Lagoon for a nominal fee. If you are coming from the city, you can purchase a round trip shuttle transfer from your hotel tour desk or any of the store-front tour companies around the city centre. Or rent a car and drive. That’s my recommendation.

Know before visiting the Blue Lagoon.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon requires pre-booking. You can’t just show up and expect to get in. Tickets can be bought from any tour company or directly from the Blue Lagoon website. It’s a pretty popular place so entry into the facility is controlled by hourly time slots. You must purchase your tickets in advance and they will be cheaper the further out in advance you book them. But what about traffic or flight delays that causes you to be late for your time slot? There is a grace period of 45 minutes so if you select a time slot for 9:00 AM, you technically have until 9:45 AM to get in. And once you are in, you can stay as long as you like. Most people stay for about 2 to 3 hours. Visiting the Blue Lagoon can be enjoyed any time of day or night, rain or shine, so don’t worry if you have a 7:00 PM slot. It’s not like you’re gonna be laying out in the sun during the daytime anyways. The space is well-lit and beautiful any time of day. Due to its chemical composition, it is not recommend that you wear any jewelry in the lagoon and don’t bother with swim goggles. It’s completely cloudy underwater and you won’t be able to see a few inches in front of you. The lagoon water also dries out your skin and hair so be mindful of staying hydrated at all times and using conditioner before and after the lagoon to nourish your hair. Pack your GoPro, waterproof camera or waterproof case for your cell phone. It’s a beautiful space and you will definitely want to take some pictures. If you don’t have a waterproof case for your cell phone, they do sell them on-site.

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