The geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Visit the lagoon
When visiting Iceland, the land of lava fields. Relaxing at Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a must.
At Kuku Campers, we’re all about helping you experience everything amazing that Iceland has to offer, both urban and rural.
In this article, you’ll be hopping on your Kuku Camper Van and heading about 40 minutes southwest from Reykjavík to the most relaxing place on earth.
Now we know what you may be thinking. “I came here to explore waterfalls and climb mountains - why would I want to float around in milky blue curacao lagoon waters!?”
My friend, when you experience what it’s like to soak for hours in one of the most comfortably heated pools in the world, you will never want to leave!
Plus, but did you know that the lagoon has more Google reviews than the Great Wall of China? You probably didn’t because no where on the internet will you find this fact except here on Kuku Campers
See for yourself here:
Blue Lagoon google reviews. At 17,736 reviews, and a 4.5 star rating
Great Wall of China reviews. At 13,453 reviews, and a 4.2 star rating
Our guess is that tourists would rather enjoy themselves by soaking up the mineral rich water than hike a wall where thousands of slaves died building something that didn’t keep the bad guys out any way!
What is the Blue Lagoon?
The Lagoon is one of the best attractions in Iceland. And believe me when I say that it's not just a simple swimming pool.
It is a large body of geothermal seawater rich with minerals that is naturally heated by the volcanic landscape it sits on.
The water temperature consistently stays heated at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degree Celsius). So it’s like soaking in the world's largest hot spring.
If you'd like to know more about hot springs, we wrote a full article about that: check which are the best hot springs and where to find them !
Why do so many people visit this place?
Blue lagoon is not a tropical island, however these heated waters have many powers to offer for those who soak in them.
There are few benefits to relaxing in geothermal spa. The milky blue waters contain high levels of silica - a substance that our bodies love and need to be healthy.
In fact, silica is so important to ensuring healthy skin nurturing, that it is sold in body lotions and packets in processed, less organic ways.
These waters offer natural silicone that settles at the bottom of the waters and can be used by guests to rub on their bodies or as a face mask.
Relaxing for your bones
Because the water is heated to a comfortable temperature of 37-39 degrees, it allows people with aching bones to relieve their tension and loosen up any hurting nerves.
If you are an avid hiker and explorer, chances are you may suffer from back pains, knee pains or other joint pains from time to time.
If so, you need to kick back in the white and blue curaçao water for a couple of hours or more (you really won’t want to leave after you’ve soaked in the water for a few minutes).
Soothing for your brain
This is especially true for explorers who are traveling from other countries to Iceland.
Leading up to your vacation, you have been stressing out about plane tickets,packing the right clothes, having enough in your budget - the list goes on.
Now that you’re here in Iceland, it’s time to let those anxious emotions slide off. You’re here to rejuvenate - so don’t waste any time!
Bookings, prices and opening hours
Pre booking is required for the lagoon. Before arriving, be sure you book your tickets online or at the box office. Also remember to check blue lagoon hours!
You can do so by visiting their website at bluelagoon.com
The prices will vary depending on amenities you look for. The basic entry ticket will provide you with entrance to the pool, Silca mud mask, one towel and one drink in their famous in water bar.
Premium package would have additional features like bathrobe, slippers and most importantly, table reservation at Lava restaurant.
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|January 1 to March 22||8:00 - 11:00|
|March 23 to May 26||Closed|
|May 27 to June 4||8:00 - 11:00|
|June 5 to August 23||8:00 - 23:00|
|August 24 to December 31||8:00 - 11:00|
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Where is it?
Many people visiting Iceland is convinced this place is in Reykjavik City, however it is actually in Grindavik, on the Reykjanes peninsula. Which is around 20 minutes drive from the international airport.
The lagoon is right next to the geothermal power plant of Svartsengi, which it takes its water from. This station produces hot water and electricity.
Many tourists choose to ride the bus there, but you can easily drive there from Reykjavík in your Kuku Camper van within 40 minutes.
Arrival and checking in
When you arrive, you will scan your blue lagoon tickets at the front desk with a receptionist.
You’ll have the option to pay for extra items such as swimwear (in case you forgot yours at home) bath towel, robe, flip flops, etc.
You’ll receive a cool bracelet that securely clips onto your wrist. Always make sure to keep it on you. After checking in, you can go to the locker rooms and shower rooms.
In order to provide a safe hygienic experience, the facility does ask each person to shower without a bathing suit using one of the many private shower stalls available.
Body wash, shampoo and hair conditioner are provided without any extra cost to you.
During your Visit in geothermal waters
Once you’ve showered and dressed in your bathing suite, you can go and step out into the lagoon hot water. And then begin to wash away those worries and aches!
While in the waters, there are a number of extra items you can enjoy. You can pay to have a special massage right in the lagoons waters, or you can also step away to the sauna or steam room for a bit.
Stationed alongside the pool, you’ll find little wooden boxes with silica mud mask and body cream to apply. This helps add more nutrition to your skin.
After you’ve let it sit for 20 minutes, you can rinse it off, leaving your skin with a smooth feel!
Everything about this place is to make you feel comfortable without you ever having to leave the water.
That’s why they also offer a wet bar in them amazing geothermal waters. You can simply swim up and order a beer to enjoy.
Remember the bracelet you checked in with? You scan it at the bar every time you purchase a drink. It acts as a convenient tab that you can easily pay for later when you are checking out.
Talking about alcohol, did you know that the Blue Lagoon is also a cocktail? It has the same color, and it's the best drink if you can't come to Iceland but want to pretend you're there.
Well just for you my friend, here's how you do the blue lagoon cocktail:
Blue Lagoon Cocktail Recipe
- 1 shot of Curacao
- 1 shot of vodka
- Some lemonade or soda water
- Some ice
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
If you want, you can also add lemon, lime, or orange juice, or the three of them if you'd like to!
- Take a glass and fill it with ice
- Add the Curacao, then the vodka.
- Top with lemonade/soda water
- Add the juices if you want
- Garnish with cherry.
There you go my friend, and all you have to do is to lay back, drink the cocktail and dream about your next trip in Iceland!
Check out process
When you’re ready to call it a day, you’ll check out at the front desk. You will turn your bracelet in and pay for any accrued purchases.
After the treatment in magical waters
If you’re hungry and have loads of extra cash, and want to enjoy some contemporary Icelandic food before heading out. You can stop at the Lava Restaurant or Moss Restaurant (their food is amazing, but be warned, it comes with a price!).
Or if you’d settle for just a good authentic cup of Icelandic coffee, you can stop at the Blue Lagoon Cafe.
Blue Lagoon may be in danger
As we said before, the lagoon is situated in Grindavik, a really active volcanic area, and this is also why it is here. Without volcanic activity, you couldn’t enjoy these warm waters. The heat has to come from somewhere!
But everything comes at a price!
On late January 2020, an earthquake of magnitude 3.7 took place in the Grindavik area, followed by one of 3.6. Earthquakes of this intensity here are not really common here.
In fact magma is accumulating in the underground of the Reykjanes peninsula, which has caused thousands of small earthquakes only in 2020. The danger is therefore that this leads to a volcanic eruption.
The authorities then put Grindavik area in a yellow alert. It means that there is no need to evacuate and to cancel your bookings to Blue Lagoon, but volcanic activity in being watched very closely.
If this activity leads to a volcanic eruption, which happened approximatively 800 years ago, then it could destroy both the lagoon and the international airport of Keflavik.
But no worries, we are far from this at the moment. Plus, we would have signs of a possible eruption way before it happens. That would let enough time to the people to evacuate.
How long can I stay?
You can spend as much time as you want! But to fully enjoy the experience, people usually spend 4 hours. 2 hours by soothing in the water and 2 hours by snacking at Blue Café or dining at lava restaurant.
Can I take my phone in the pool?
You are welcome to bring a camera and take photos during your experience.
However, we would recommend you to enjoy the lagoon without your phone and then if you want some shots, you can grab it from the locker room.
Can I see the northern lights from the lagoon?
Yes you can, some people have already experienced Northern Lights while taking a nice, relaxing bath in the lagoon. But I won't lie to know, you'll need a tiny bit of luck!
In Iceland Blue Lagoon is definitely something you want to experience, take your flight tickets, rent a Kuku Campervan and enjoy what Iceland has to offer !!
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