Are you planning to go to Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa while visiting Iceland? I bet you are! 🙂
Read our review and guide to Blue Lagoon Spa. We cover all the questions you wish to ask – including “what is the best time of day to visit blue lagoon Iceland?”
In recent years, especially after an amazing performance during EURO 2016, Iceland has been an incredibly cool destination to travel to.
A very COOL destination…
And yes, the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. I guess it’s not really hard to see why – this incredible milky-blue water makes its magic.
But make sure you read our Guide to Blue Lagoon Iceland before you start your adventure! I might save you a few surprises 😉
When is the best time of day to visit Blue Lagoon Iceland?
This will really depend on the time of the year you are visiting Iceland.
You shouldn’t be afraid that the geothermal spa will be overcrowded. Yes, it will be busy – it always is – but they have great crowd control and limited spaces per hour. Having said that, there are definitely fewer people visiting the Lagoon during late afternoon/evening hours. So, if you don’t like to share the silica and sulfur minerals with too many people – this will be an ideal time for you 🙂
If you go in winter, you can book a time slot for late afternoon – then, with a bit of luck, you will see the northern lights while bathing in the geothermal spa. We went there at the end of August so there was no chance to see the green lights in the sky.
Some people are a bit confused when booking tickets online. You have to choose a time slot (e.g. 2pm-3pm) during your online booking. But this means that you have to be at the entrance, with the printed version of your ticket, between 2 pm and 3 pm. It doesn’t mean you can stay in the spa only for one hour.
Please note that you will not be permitted to enter the spa earlier than 15 minutes before the beginning of your time slot (1.45pm). But don’t worry if you are earlier, you can visit the Silica shop or have a quick cuppa before the bath 🙂
How much time do you need at the Blue Lagoon?
We spent just under two hours in the geothermal water – which the typical average time people spend there.
But the whole experience will take a bit longer. Most probably you will stay for a coffee at the Blue Café or lunch/dinner at LAVA restaurant.
No matter how long you will stay in the water, make sure you are well hydrated! You will get one complimentary drink, which you can have while in the water, and then you can buy more if you fancy. Don’t worry about money – you will pay with your bracelet.
Does the Blue Lagoon ruin your bathing suit?
Well, the official website will say that the water will not ruin your swimsuit.
But… unfortunately, I had some permanent stains which I couldn’t get rid of after few washes.
If you have a very expensive swimsuit it could be a good idea to leave it at home and take an old one with you to Iceland.
Is the Blue Lagoon bad for my hair?
Guys – most of you probably don’t even care about this topic 😉
Ladies – no panic!
The silica from the geothermal water will not harm/destroy your hair. The only negative effect might be that your hair will become stiff and not easy to manage.
Having said that, you will get complimentary (unlimited!) conditioner, which you can apply on your hair after the shower. It will protect your hair while in the Lagoon.
How much is the entry to Blue Lagoon Iceland?
First, do remember to book your ticket online!
This place is always very busy so don’t count on your luck! You can be 100% sure you will not soak in the geothermal water if you think to get the ticket on the day.
The price of your ticket will depend on the package. If you are not a spa-master and just want to visit the lagoon for experience (and to cross off another position on your bucket list) go for the comfort package (it includes a use of a towel, Silica Mud Mask and one drink of your choice).
Retreat Spa: €460-554
So, your next question should be: why there are price brackets?
Well, the bad news is that you will most probably end up paying the higher price of each bracket!
The lower price is only for the last slot of the day. Believe me – you would rather stay in the geothermal water longer than one hour 🙂
Is there a time limit at the Blue Lagoon?
Great news! There is no maximum time you are allowed in that water! 🙂
Once you purchase your ticket, it is valid for the rest of that day. So (in theory) you can spend there a whole day if you enter the spa in the morning. But obviously, you will have to leave before the closing time 😉
How deep is the water in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?
The Lagoon is not really deep – the shallowest area is 0.8m (2.6ft) and the deepest is 1.80m (5.9ft).
So even if you are not as tall as I am – 1.94m (6.3ft) – you should not have any challenges with the deep of the water 😉
How far is the Blue Lagoon from the airport?
Woohoo! There is only 23 km from Keflavík Airport to Blue Lagoon which makes this attraction a great starting point when visiting Iceland.
Just get off the plain, grab your rental car and off you go to soak in the milky-blue water 🙂
Is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa natural?
A lot of people think that the mineral-rich geothermal lagoon is a phenomenon made be mother-nature.
But you have to know that is not – it’s a man-made beauty!
OK, not all of that – the surrounding area and lave, which created the shape of the pool, are natural 🙂
Still, the Lagoon was named in 2012 as one of National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World” – well, they didn’t do the research properly 😉
But the milky-blue water is actually a run-off from a geothermal power plant.
I’m really sorry! I know, we are very disappointed now!
We all hoped, it was a natural wonder…
Ah, and one more thing… Santa Claus doesn’t exist either 😉
Is the Blue Lagoon water cold?
Oh no! It’s pleasantly warm.
For some, 38-39°C (100–102°F) it is considered as even hot. So, don’t worry about freezing off your ass 😉
To be honest, after around 2 hours in the warm geothermal water you might start feeling a bit tired as you will start cooking slowly 🙂 Just make sure you grab another drink from the bar.
Do I have to shower naked at Blue Lagoon?
YES, you have to! That’s what the signs will tell you.
But to be honest, there is absolutely nothing forcing you to shower without a bathing suit on. Yes, there are few signs telling you do that but that’s all 🙂 The security person will only make sure you use the shower before entering the main attraction.
Don’t fancy being naked surrounded by strangers?
If you are faint-hearted and don’t want to be staring intently at the floor while taking the shower – there are few showers where you can shower behind a screen 🙂
Is Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Reykjavik?
The geothermal spa is situated on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland.
And this is where the confusion lies – Reykjanes peninsula is NOT Reykjavik! 😉
The capital of Iceland is located around 49km (30miles) from the Lagoon. It will take you around 40 minutes by car to get there.
Where was The Blue Lagoon filmed?
If you are old enough – sorry Millennials you are still kids 😉 – you probably hope that the movie from 1980 was made in Iceland, right?
But it was not filmed there! In fact, you would have to book a trip to Malta and Fiji if you would like to follow the paths of the young couple from the American romantic survival drama.
What else should I do in Iceland?
There are many other things to do in Iceland, but due to its proximity to the airport Blue Lagoon should be the starting point of your adventure in Iceland.
Depending on how many days you will have in Iceland, you should try to visit the below places:
Try to spot Puffins at Reynisfjara Beach
Hike along Kerid Crater
Collect diamonds from Diamond Beach
Observe seals at the Jokulsarlon
Admire the Gullfoss Waterfall
Go whale watching from Husavik
Is Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa worth it?
I guess this should be the first question I answer – just to save you time going through all the above questions 😉
But I’m not going to do that…
All the attractions are the highlights of its region. And yes, all of them are unfortunately paid.
So, just think if you have enough space on your wall to hang a picture like the below. And then, answer the question 🙂
TIP: Check out hotels near Blue Lagoon Iceland – note that many are often fully booked! So, do check before planning your trip!