Fancy bathing beneath the midnight sun in a geothermally heated pool of blue water, surrounded by black lava fields? You’ve come to the right place. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous attraction, with steaming pools of water and silica mud to pamper your skin, along with cocktails, massages, treatments and exclusive lounges for VIP guests. It should be illegal to visit the country without coming here.
It’s easy to visit: either come by bus (the Flybus to the airport stops here) or by car. The lagoon is 40 minutes from Reykjavik and 20 minutes from the airport and is well signposted (look out for Blaa Lonid). Blue Lagoon cocktails and energy shots can be served to you in the pool. If you want to eat in a formal setting, the Lava Restaurant serves lunch and dinner.
Open all year round, June-August 8am-9pm, and September-May 10am-8pm. Try it beneath the midnight sun in June, July or August, in the snow in winter, or during the Iceland Airwaves festival in October when bands play around the edges.
Kids of all ages are very welcome (and will love it), however, they need to be supervised at all times.
Mud skin scrub
As you soak, the trick is to scoop up some of the white silica mud from the bottom of the pool and rub it all over.
Upgrade to a VIP experience – for a little extra you get access to a VIP lounge, towels, bathrobes and a mask or scrub at the lagoon bar.
Book an indulgent massage, performed on a mattress in the lagoon, for the full relaxation experience.
- Type Spa
- Place Grindavik
- Notoriety Well known
- Price guide $$$$$
- Adults price from £39
- Recommended duration 2-3 hours
- Available Jan-Dec
- Best time Jan-Dec
- Booking requirement Booking not required
- Physical difficulty
- Fear factor
- Authentic & unspoilt
- Cultural insight