The average traveler to Iceland usually starts or ends their holiday by taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, located just 20 minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Soaking in the milky blue waters is a great way to melt away jet lag! We arrived in Iceland before 7 am from the US on an overnight flight and we couldn’t get in the soothing waters quick enough!
Depending on the time of year you visit the lagoon, hours will vary slightly. During the Spring, Summer and Fall months, the spa opens at 9 am. During the winter, when we visited, opening time is 10 am. The spa is open 365 days a year, so no matter when you visit Iceland, you will always have the opportunity to experience the Blue Lagoon.
Prices will also vary based on the season and on which package you prefer to book. Packages range from basic entrance to the lagoon all the way up to premium deals that include spa treatments and meals. We went with the Comfort package, which included towel and robe rental, a drink, an algae face-mask and a sample skin care pack.
After taking a quick shower (a requirement before entering the lagoon) and changing into our swimsuits, we were ready to brave the cold weather from the locker room to the lagoon!
As mentioned, our package included robe rental, however, we only wore our robes for a few minutes before putting them on a rack with tons of others.
Steam rose from the lagoon and was a welcoming invitation for some much needed relaxation.
We put on our algae masks and let the minerals do their magic!
Normally, Sam would feel goofy floating around with a facial mask on, but everyone was doing it, so he thought “what the hell!”, and gave in to the true spa experience!
There was both an inside and outside bar where you could purchase drinks.
(One drink per person was included in the package we purchased.)
We only visited the lagoon for a little over 2 hours. We would’ve stayed all day, but we had some sightseeing we wanted to do in Reykjavik and there are only so many hours of daylight in the winter months!
Overall, our experience at the Blue Lagoon was relaxing and memorable. We recommend that if you’re visiting Iceland, you make this a stop on your journey!
Some tips for your visit to the Blue Lagoon:
- Book your tickets online in advance. We saved 2 Euros per ticket and waltzed right by the ridiculously long line to get in!
- Opening time and mornings tend to be the busiest times of the day to go. It is especially more busy in the summer months, as opposed to the winter.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays are typically the least crowded days to visit.
- Many airport bus companies include a stop over at the Blue Lagoon.
- There is luggage storage available for 3 Euros per bag, in the event that you are visiting on your way to or from the airport by bus.
- Remove all jewelry before entering the lagoon: The active ingredients (silica, algae, minerals and geothermal seawater) in the lagoon water can accumulate in the jewelry.
- Pick the package that best suites your needs (and budget)!
- Relax and let the calming waters sooth your mind and soul!
Check out a quick video we put together about exploring Iceland on your own!
For a (printable) quick-reference destination guide to what we did during our entire stay in south Iceland (where we stayed, where and what we ate, activities, money saving tips, etc.), click here.