The Beautiful Blue Lagoon

If you haven't heard about anything else in Iceland, you're sure to have heard about the Blue Lagoon, in fact if you're visiting, it's probably at the top of your itinerary. Yes, for sure, it's touristy, and yes it is expensive (especially in comparison with the seven geothermal pools in Reykjavik), but it's a must.

Isn't it a gorgeous


Whilst the geothermal waters are a natural phenomenon, the Blue Lagoon is in fact man made. The land and lava which shape the pool is all natural, but the water's are a run off from the Geothermal Power Plant next door. The water is renewed every two days. The superheated water is vented from the land near a lava flow and used to power turbines that generate electricity. After running through the turbines the water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system and is then fed into the lagoon for our pleasure.

The warm water's contain a rich silica and sulphur content, which help cure skin complaints like psoriasis an eczema (I get eczema on my hands from riding my scooter in cold, wet weather & it entirely cleared up after my visit & has yet to return- hurrah!). Whilst it's good for your skin, it's not so great for your hair- well apparently it is in the long run- but it dries it out immediately in spite of the leave-in conditioner you can use whilst in the pools. Plus, you can smell the sulphur, not all the time, but occasionally you'll get a whiff of it whilst you're swimming around. If that's the only downside, though, I'll take it in this beautiful place.

The super hot area is where the steam comes from 
The best way to visit the Blue Lagoon is straight from the airport, or on your way back to the airport. You can get a ticket that includes a transfer from the airport to the lagoon, and then the lagoon back to Reykjavik for 8,900ISK (just shy of £50)- or vice versa. As I said, it is expensive, but I definitely think it's the best way to start your trip. It makes you to forget all the stresses and strains happening back home, and relax to enjoy your trip. Especially if you're there for such a short time, as I was. As well as entrance to the lagoon, steam room and sauna, you can upgrade to different packages, where you can have an exclusive lagoon, and massages on a float in the lagoon. There is even a bar, that anyone can use, serving beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks- which you charge to your wristband. I justified having a beer at 11am by telling myself it was midday at home, and therefore beer o'clock!

I arrived pretty early in the morning, and managed to get on the first bus to the lagoon. The sun rises pretty late that far north, the moon was still visible in the pinkish sky as we arrived at the lagoon. The steam rising from the hot waters. You could barely see the edges of the lagoon as the steam rose in the coolness of the early morning. I was the first girl in the pool that morning, and essentially ran and jumped, it was barely above freezing outside and I was donning a bikini! It actually didn't cease to amaze me how much time I spent in a bikini in Iceland since it was cold all the time.

I enjoyed being one of the first there, that day, too, it meant that- in spite of not knowing anyone else- we could all meander around together and discover bits of the lagoon. Some boys helped me put the silica on my face and we all laughed at each other as our masks hardened, and cracked! It was a totally stunning place, the pale blue water looks exactly like it does in the photo's, and there were super hot parts, and hot parts. I could've floated around for hours on end, and spent several hours doing just that.

Don't I look happy and relaxed? 
It's definitely a beautiful start to a lovely trip.

Have you visited the Blue Lagoon? Did you leave as relaxed as I felt?


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  1. Fascinating to hear that the water in the pool is renewed every two days. That's an awful lot of water! Thanks for feeding my wanderlust. Iceland is somewhere I long to explore. Sigh, maybe one day!

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    1. Do it. Do it noooww! It's incredible :)

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  2. I'm glad to hear you had such a great time here! It sounds like such a great place to soak and relax. And yes, I have heard that it's good for your skin! But yeah...my hair is dry as it is, so it would likely dry it right out! Although apparently putting coconut oil on your hair can help revitalize dry hair! :)

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  3. I'm surprised to hear it is man made! I've heard about Blue Lagoon and people swoon over how beautiful it is and just assumed it was a natural landmark. Looks relaxing, I could use some of that hot water right now!

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    1. You're not the only one! Lots of people assume that :) it is super relaxing, and super amazing when you think of all the things the water has been used for first :)

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  4. Looks like a place I could spend a day or two ha ha ha

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  5. Sounds really cool - we went to iceland recently but didn't have time to make the Blue lagoon happen. I've heard mixed reviews about it being overrated, though would really love to get there and experience it for myself one day.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Do you know what? It *is* expensive. I'll definitely say that, but the cost of 4hrs there was comparable to the cost of 2hrs at Bath Thermae Spa, close to my home in the UK (& somewhere I visit regularly), especially when you consider what I paid included two bus trips. That said, the location is stunning, it's unlike the city pools, yeah it's touristy and yeah you pay for that, but it's pretty spectacular. I'd pay it again to go there.

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  6. Oh, the memories! Love this place to bits. Love Iceland, what a country!

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    1. Isn't it a beautiful place :) definitely can't wait to get back.

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  7. I visit the Blue Lagoon and it was definitely relaxing!! I didn't know about the airport transfer, good tip!

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    1. It's great, another blogger told me about it, and I'm glad I did it, it just made my trip so easy :)

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