The Blue Lagoon in Iceland was my blue dream. It is a place that has long excited my imagination. When I finally got there, it was not what I imagined. What the Blue Lagoon hides in the land of ice and fire?
I reveal all the secrets in this article.
I also give complete practical information that will help to make your visit to the lagoon a magical experience: when to go to the Blue Lagoon, how to buy a ticket, how to get to the Lagoon from Reykjavik, can you go to the Lagoon with a child and more.
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WHAT ARE THE SECRETS OF THE BLUE LAGOON IN ICELAND?
1| The real name of the Blue Lagoon is Blaua Lounid!
or Bláa lónið in Icelandic.
But everyone knows this geothermal resort as the Blue Lagoon.
Why? Marketing is the king.
2 | The Blue Lagoon is NOT a natural pool!
This miracle of nature is actually a reservoir of condensate at the Svartsengi geothermal power plant.
The station supplies Icelanders with electricity and hot water through the energy of powerful sources located underground.
3 | Bacteria do not reproduce in the Blue Lagoon
Even though the lagoon is visited by 700 thousand people a year, no bacteria known to mankind live in its waters. They just do not survive.
Because of the unique composition of water.
4 | The water temperature in the Lagoon does not depend on the weather
Be it the rain, the snow, or the summer sun, the water temperature is always 37-40 degrees Celsius.
5 | Here you can go to a party in the mud bar
And you will get there, right, the mud.
It is not a simple mud, but a white silicate mud.
It has a rejuvenating effect, and you can apply mud masks on your face right while takeing a bath in the lagoon.
6 | You can take the treasures of the Blue Lagoon with you back home
but only in the form of cosmetics "Blue Lagoon".
The line includes mineral masks, scrubs, and creams that pumper the skin and make it radiant.
You can get closer to the Blue Lagoon even right now: all these wonderful cosmetics can be ordered online.
7 | An amazing property of water in the lagoon is self-renewal!
Every 40 hours, due to the active circulation of water underground, the water in the pool changes completely.
8 | Why is the water in the Lagoon so blue?
The blue lagoon is one of the phenomena Iceland is famous for, especially for its magical, surreal blue color. This color of water in the pictures is really not photoshopped. Well, just a little bit :) The secret of this color is blue-green algae and a high concentration of silica in the water, as much as 140 mg/kg.
Silica molecules refract light rays, and it gives the water such a fabulous blue color.
9 | The Lagoon is also the place for un unusual romantic dinner
After swimming in the lagoon, you can have a dinner in the LAVA CAVE restaurant.
It is literally embedded in the rock!
If you like conceptual and unique places - this is it!
10 | The Blue Lagoon has a secret sister lagoon
While the Blue Lagoon is on the Iceland Bucket List of every traveler, not everyone knows that there is also a Secret Lagoon. It is not better or worth, it's just completely different.
If you want to experience Iceland's hot springs without the crowds, head to the Secret Lagoon. The Secret Lagoon is the oldest thermal bath in Iceland and is the complete opposite of the posh and highly publicized Blue Lagoon. It was built back in 1891!!!
The water temperature is at 38–40 ° С all year round, so you can enjoy a warm bath any time you come to Iceland.
The Secret Lagoon is a beautiful thermal pool located in the small village of Fludir in an area of high geothermal activity. Steam rises around the hot springs, creating a surreal and mystical feeling. There is a small two-story hut on the edge of the hot spring, adding the finishing touch to the unique setting.
The main goal is to preserve original appearance of this thermal pool so that it looks the same as 50 years ago when there were not many tourists in Iceland.
Which of the secrets surprised you? NOW, LET'S DIVE INTO THE PRACTICAL INFORMATION ON THE BLUE LAGOON
BLUE LAGOON ICELAND: PRACTICAL INFORMATION
PRICE: HOW MUCH DOES THE VISIT TO THE BLUE LAGOON COST?
I initially doubted whether to go to the Blue Lagoon, because it is a very popular place, and I usually prefer less touristy places. I was afraid it was overrated.
In addition, I have already visited many other hot springs in Iceland: both the local thermal pools and wild unknown hot springs, and I even took a bath in hot water under the fresh lava of the volcano.
But, I decided to check out this popular place myself, in order to have an opinion of this unique place on the planet.
When I checked the price of entry to the Lagoon, my eyes widened:
11,990 ISK, or 84 US dollars!
I hesitated but allowed myself not to save on the last pleasures on the Icelandic land and bought that lucky ticket. Of course, I did not regret it.
HOW TO BUY A TICKET TO THE BLUE LAGOON?
You can buy a ticket to the Lagoon on the pool website, select the option "ticket with a round-trip transfer to Reykjavik" or get Blue Lagoon Entrance Package including Towel, Silica mud mask and Drink.
I chose the option with a transfer as it was more convenient. The price is the same as taking a ticket and a transfer separately (here you can book a cheap transfer to Blue Lagoon), but instead of making two reservations, I just made one and saved some time.
In addition, I've got bonuses. The ticket with a transfer option includes:
• Access to the spa with sauna, steam cave, and relaxation areas
• Access to the Blue Lagoon
• Towels, bathrobe and slippers
• Ritual of the Blue Lagoon
• Mask for the face
• Drink of your choice
There is another, an even better option to visit the Blue Lagoon if you are short on time: a day tour from Reykjavik to the Golden Circle that includes admission to the Blue Lagoon.
The day tour, including a transfer to the Blue Lagoon and an entry ticket, costs only $ 180; check it out. It seems to be a very popular option, as it received more than 200 positive reviews from travelers.
ICELAND BLUE LAGOON: WHEN IS IT BETTER TO VISIT?
When is the best time to go to the Blue Lagoon? If you like space and don't feel comfortable in a crowd, I recommend going to the Lagoon early in the morning as soon as it opens.
Typically, the Lagoon is open from 8:00 to 21:00, and in the summer from June 5 to August 23 to 23:00.
It is also the best option if you want to take photos without other people.
The lagoon is open in all weathers, so you can safely bathe in the Blue Lagoon even during a storm.
In terms of the best time of year to visit the Blue Lagoon, you have options.
The lagoon is open year-round, but in winter there are fewer tourists. The water temperature in the pool is the same all year round. The air temperature in winter is on average -2 degrees Celsius, although colder days can happen with frosts down to -15.
If you want to experience the more quiet and peaceful Blue Lagoon, and at the same time see fantastic northern lights, I recommend coming there in winter.
Winter months in Iceland are known for the brightest and the most frequent northern lights.
In summer, Iceland has the most comfortable weather + 12-20 degrees Celsius. It is a perfect time for swimming in a thermal spring and for visiting the country as a whole.
You will see the Icelandic sun but in the company of thousands of tourists from around the world.
In summer you have to buy a ticket to the Blue Lagoon in advance, a few days before the planned trip, as it's the most popular time to visit.
CAN YOU GO TO THE BLUE LAGOON WITH A CHILD?
If you travel around Iceland with children, then you can also take them with you to the Blue Lagoon.
Children under 13 years old are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The minimum age for visiting the Blue Lagoon is 2 years.
The restriction is related to the fact that children under two years are sensitive to the high concentration of minerals in the water.
Children 8 years old and younger must wear inflatable sleeves. They are available at the entrance to the lagoon and can be used free of charge.
It is imperative that all children in the Blue Lagoon are supervised by parents or guardians.
One adult can accompany a maximum of two children.
Officially, there are no restrictions on how much time a child can stay in the Blue Lagoon. But, from my own experience, the water of the lagoon is highly mineralized and very relaxing, so it is important to take short baths with breaks and observe the child's condition.
HOTELS NEAR THE BLUE LAGOON IN ICELAND
In case you want to visit the Blue Lagoon on the first or the last day of your trip to Iceland, it can be convenient to stay for a night near the Blue Lagoon. Keflavik airport is only 20 minutes away.
Actually, the Blue Lagoon has its own hotel The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland with a private lagoon for guests only and a spa center.
It's a fantastic place, but pretty expensive.
There is also a budget option for an overnight stay near the Blue Lagoon, Anita´s Guest House. It's simple but has all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay. A wonderful mid-budget option in the area is the Hotel Berg with a rooftop pool and views of Keflavik’s picturesque marina from the hotel rooms.
HOW TO GET TO THE BLUE LAGOON FROM REYKJAVIK?
The Blue Lagoon is located in the heart of the Reykjanes, a geopark on the list of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.
You will need just 20 minutes to get to the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik Airport and 50 minutes from Reykjavik.
There are several ways to get to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik:
1. Order a shuttle from an official transport partner of the Blue Lagoon.
The transfer is a bus that runs on a schedule.
You can choose one-way, round-trip, or a mixed ticket with the departure from Reykjavik and arrival at the airport in Keflavik.
The benefit of this transfer is that it will pick you up directly from your hotel.
Onboard you get free internet and sockets for charging phones.
Prices are 2750 ISK (about $ 20) one way and 5500 ISK (about $ 38) round-trip per person.
You can order a ticket here.
2. Order a taxi transfer
If you are going to the lagoon with a group of friends or family, it is more reasonable and comfortable to go by car with a transfer.
You can order the transfer at Kiwitaxi: they have the most pleasant prices and service.
3. Rent a car
Check out the offers of local car rental companies.
4. Go to the Blue Lagoon by public transport
To get to the Blue Lagoon by bus:
At Kringlan Station, take bus 55.
Travel time will take 37 minutes.
The fare is 5–9 EUR.
Distance 36 km.
Get off at the Grindavíkurafleggjari stop.
I hope you have found all the necessary information for your trip to the Blue Lagoon in this blog post.
If you still have questions, feel free to ask in the comments.
I wish you a magical experience in Iceland!
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