If I’m going to Iceland, it’s safe to say I’m always up for another visit to the Blue Lagoon Iceland, one of Iceland’s most popular destinations. On this particular day in Iceland in July, it was cold. Not just cold, but freezing cold. But as I was on my way to the airport, it only seemed natural to make a pit stop off at the Blue Lagoon Iceland on my way back to Boston.
Before I do anything else, let me explain a little about the Blue Lagoon. This geothermal spa is actually the runoff from a nearby geothermal power plant. The coach driver explained that when they first saw the water, they wouldn’t even go in it. In order to investigate it, they donned full suits to prevent exposure to the milky blue water that hundreds of thousands of visitors each year dive into willingly. One of the workers decided to bathe in it because he suffered with psoriasis and from there, Blue Lagoon Iceland has turned into one of the top sites of Iceland.
Blue Lagoon Iceland is located about 50km or about 45 minutes from Reykjavik and is surrounded by an incredible lava field, as you can see in the Google Maps image above.
With our bags packed and ready to go, we walked over to the bus stop to wait for our Gray Line Iceland shuttle, which would take us to the main terminal and then by coach to Blue Lagoon Iceland.
Less than an hour later we were at the Blue Lagoon and completely ready to relax. Don’t forget to first drop off your bags for 550 kr each before going inside.
TSG Tip: Whether good or bad weather, people always seem to congregate near the door at the luggage drop off area. Be considerate and always step to the side and let people through, even if you’re waiting for a ride.
Once inside the main building, instead of getting in line, I walked up to the second floor to take some pics as I always do when I first arrive at Blue Lagoon Iceland. However, I quickly discovered that the upper level deck that I loved is no longer open as it’s part of where they’re building the new hotel.The lagoon, has now increased in size by half and is now 8700 square meters with a volume of 9 million liters.Click To Tweet
TSG Tip: The brand new 5-star hotel at Blue Lagoon Iceland hotel will open Fall 2017. Moss Hotel will have 62 suites overlooking the lagoon, has now increased in size by half and is now 8700 square meters with a volume of 9 million liters. Additionally, they’ve created a new restaurant, Moss Restaurant, and a spa, Lava Cove.
We headed back downstairs to brave the crowds, which had started to grow in size at a steady pace.
When you enter Blue Lagoon Iceland, you’ll see signs that tell you which line to get into for admission. The line with the most people on this day was the line for those who had already booked online and had a voucher while the VIP line was nearly empty.
Did you know that while you wait, you can use the free WiFi to tell everyone where you are? Or maybe you’ll use the time to consider upgrading your package to Comfort, Premium, or maybe even Luxury?
When it was my turn to check in, I was assisted by Þjalfun who provided me with my towel and band before heading off to get changed.
Depending on which package you choose, in addition to your Blue Lagoon Iceland entrance band, you might also get extras like a bathrobe and slippers. I had the Comfort package and was more than happy with my towel, algae mask, and a drink at the swim up bar.
I passed these two little cuties on the way to change out of my clothes. I wish I looked that cute in a robe.
TSG Tip: There are two changing rooms for women and for some reason I’ve only used one, the larger of the two. This time I tried out the smaller one and I definitely liked it because it has less traffic and fewer women competing to use the mirror, hairdryer, showers, etc.
I quickly changed into my bathing suit, grabbed my camera, and held my breath as I ran outside to face the chilliest weather I’ve ever encountered while at Blue Lagoon Iceland.
While I’m used to seeing just the heads of people in the water as they enjoy the warm, soothing geothermal waters, people were literally running in and out of the water under the gloomy gray skies above. The water was hot and felt good until you had to get out.
I was outside all of maybe 5 seconds when I decided I had enough. I quickly went back in, dropped off my cameras, and walked over to this area just in front of the doors to the outside. This is where you can walk into the water and out a small door at the very back. It took me a few visits here to learn this trick, which prevents you from shivering while walking in and out of the water on cold days.
Mr. TSG and I stayed in the water for a while and enjoyed the complimentary silica mask, our included algae mask, and a drink at the bar, which you can see on the right in the above picture. They offer smoothies, beer, and wine and probably other beverages although admittedly, I didn’t look as I was enjoying a wine.TSG Tip: If you haven't been to Blue Lagoon Iceland since the expansion, you're in for a real surprise. Click To Tweet
TSG Tip: If you haven’t been to Blue Lagoon Iceland since the expansion, you’re in for a real surprise. The new Silica Mud Bar, located near where the water massages are offered, still has the pots where you can scoop out the silica mask, but now there’s a staff that offer up the algae masks and instruction on how to apply them. The beverage bar has moved completely to behind where it was originally.
Although it would’ve been nice to stay in the water all day, I knew I had a coach to catch to get to the airport. After showering, I met up with Mr. TSG in the Blue Café. Since it was so cold outside, I took far less pictures than I had wanted to and so I attempted to take a few from inside through the glass.
As you can see, tons of die-hards were still enjoying themselves despite the cold weather.
Thinking we had enough time to sit and chat over a beer, I went over to the Blue Café and grabbed two Gull beers and went in search of the beloved Caramel Cake, something Mr. TSG looks forward to every time we visit. I was shocked to not find it at all and had to substitute a Carrot Cake instead. As we only had about 5 minutes to down those pints, someone (not me) ended up pretty much drinking both.
The time came to leave and we quickly collected our bags from the luggage area and headed to the waiting Gray Line Iceland coach for our ride to the airport.
Keflavik International Airport (KEF) is only about 20 minutes away and as such, it wasn’t long before we at the airport and getting ready to go back to Boston. The Gray Line Iceland transfer from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon Iceland and then onto the airport was easy and went off without any issues.
TSG Tip: Gray Line Iceland offers a noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 11 pm transfers from Blue Lagoon Iceland to Keflavik International Airport. As this schedule is subject to change, it’s always best to check with Gray Line Iceland when you plan your trip.
Whether it’s your first time to Blue Lagoon Iceland or if you’ve visited several times before like I have, you’ll never have the same exact experience each time you visit. Nothing is better than feeling completely and totally relaxed before a flight.
Blue Lagoon Iceland
240 Grindavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 420 8800
Have you visited Blue Lagoon Iceland? Check out my Blue Lagoon Iceland video from this trip here.
*While Gray Line Iceland provided me with complimentary transportation to Blue Lagoon Iceland and onto Keflavik airport and Blue Lagoon Iceland provided me with a complimentary Comfort package, all opinions and photographs are my own.*