I have a natural resistance to anything that is said to be a must see. When visiting Iceland you will hear this said about the Blue Lagoon. There is no escaping it. There are brochures and advertising everywhere, and the thought of not going makes you feel like you haven’t been to Iceland until you have been to the Blue Lagoon. I went – of course – and after visiting I am going to join the chorus and say, if you are ever in Iceland you must visit the Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon is in Southwest Iceland, not far from the international airport. The most striking feature of this part of Iceland is the undulating lava plains that make up this region. Upon arrival at the spa you walk through a path carved through the lava plain.
[Blue Lagoon entrance through lava field]
The lagoon water is a natural mix of sea and fresh water and contains minerals, silica and algae which gives the water its distinct blue colour.
[Blue Lagoon in the lava field]
While the water is natural, the lagoon is man made, with the water having first passed through a nearby geothermal power station, which uses the water to produce clean energy.
[Blue Lagoon Power Plant]
Around the lagoon there are buckets of silica mud which you can help yourself to and apply to your face.
[Blue Lagoon bathrobes]
When you enter the spa you get an electronic bracelet, which is the key to your locker as well as a water proof wallet. You can use it to buy drinks at the lagoon bar and the restaurant.
[Blue Lagoon Bar]
The Blue Lagoon is 20 minutes away from the the Keflavík International Airport and 40 minutes away from Reykjavik. There are well-planned tours that run from the airport, so if you are on a layover with a few hours to spare you can take a trip out to the Lagoon between flights.
See more Blue Lagoon photos here.