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Know Before You Go: Visiting the Blue Lagoon

Know Before You Go: Visiting the Blue Lagoon

With its milky turquoise waters and dreamlike surroundings of ancient lava fields, it’s easy to see why the Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most popular geothermal pool. But before you slap on your mud mask and dive in, here are a few things to know.

Make sure you book in advance.

Entrance to the Blue Lagoon requires advance planning, and there are a number of packages to choose from. Standard entry is the simplest and cheapest, offering entrance, a locker, and access to the lagoon, saunas, and showers. Alternatively, the comfort package includes a towel, algae mask, and a drink, while the premium package offers all that, plus a bathrobe, flip flops, and a reservation at the LAVA restaurant (food not included).

Hit the showers before you go in the pool.

All visitors are required to shower without a swimsuit before entering the lagoon, and attendants are on-hand to ensure that the hygiene rules are followed by everyone. Most showers are communal, with separate areas for men and women, but there are also some private shower cubicles. Shampoo, soap, body lotion, and even hair dryers are provided. If you’re worried about the effect of the geothermal waters on your hair, use the special provided conditioner prior to bathing.

Indulge with a spa treatment.

Silica mud is available to all visitors free of charge, so you can help yourself to a mud mask or full-body cleanse. For an extra indulgence, upgrade to receive an algae mud mask or book an in-water massage.

You don't even have to get out of the water to order a drink.

The lagoon has its own swim-up bar, where you can order everything from a fresh fruit smoothie to a chilled beer or a glass of wine. Drinks are charged to your account (you’ll be issued a wristband on arrival), so there’s no need to carry cash. If you get hungry, there’s also the upscale Lava restaurant (reservations required) and a café on-site.

Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the lagoon.

You'll need between two to four hours to make the most of your visit to the Blue Lagoon. For the most enjoyable experience, book a tour with round-trip transport from Reykjavik, or combine your visit with pickup or drop-off at the nearby Keflavik International Airport.

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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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Small-Group Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour Including Admission
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Small-Group Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour Including Admission

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Explore two of Iceland’s most popular attractions during this full-day tour to the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. Visit Thingvellir, where the North American and European tectonic plates meet, the 20-meter high geyser at Strokkur, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and the crater lake at Kerid. Finish your day with a relaxing dip in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavik.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.90
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Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark (BL admission included)

Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark (BL admission included)

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Spend a day exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO-listed geopark in Iceland’s scenic southwest. With a guide, you’ll discover Icelandic highlights such as the famous Reykjanes Lighthouse, the Bridge Between Continents, and more. After exploring the lakes and hot springs of the region, you’ll finally relax at the Blue Lagoon where glowing blue waters and steam await.
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  • 8 hours
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Blue Lagoon Return Bus Transfer from Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon Return Bus Transfer from Reykjavik

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The Blue Lagoon is widely considered among Iceland’s top natural attractions, but reaching it without your own wheels can be tricky. On this simple coach transfer service, spin through the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula in comfort and reach the site with ease. Perhaps soak in the warm waters or indulge yourself with a soothing massage, then return to Reykjavík or Keflavík International Airport (KEF).
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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Blue Lagoon & Reykjavík Sightseeing (BL admission included)

Blue Lagoon & Reykjavík Sightseeing (BL admission included)

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Make the most of your time in Iceland by seeing the top sites of Reykjavík and visiting the Blue Lagoon in a day. After a convenient pickup from your accommodation, travel with ease between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle. A guide makes sure you get the most out of your trip with fascinating commentary about the history of Reykjavík. Also avoid long lines by having tickets to the healing geothermal spa area of the Blue Lagoon included.
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trip to the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

Day Trip to the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

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Hit all of Iceland's most popular landmarks on this full-day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. With your guide, visit Gullfoss, for which the 'Golden Circle' is named and Þhingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Walk down through the valley created by tectonic shift to see where the oldest democratic parliament in the world was founded. Additionally, visit the geyser hot springs, home to the Strokkur geyser, which erupts every 6 to 8 minutes, as well as the Blue Lagoon, the town of Hveragerði and the Kerið crater. Round-trip transportation from Reykjavik port or hotels is included.
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  • 10 hours
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Golden Circle and The Blue lagoon Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

Golden Circle and The Blue lagoon Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Skip the hassle of traveling in a large group of tourists and explore the natural wonders of southwest Iceland on this private tour. See the highlights of the Golden Circle—Þingvellir, Gullfoss, and Geysir—and finish up with a soak in the Blue Lagoon.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Golden Circle with Blue Lagoon Private Tour from Reykjavik

Golden Circle with Blue Lagoon Private Tour from Reykjavik

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See the highlights of Iceland's Golden Circle and take a dip in the Blue Lagoon on this 12-hour private tour from Reykjavik. Drive through Thingvellir National Park, see geothermal and seismic activity at Laugarvatn and Geysir and snap photos of the impressive Gullfoss waterfall. Finish your tour with a stop at the Blue Lagoon to bathe in the world-famous restorative waters. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and personalized attention; round-trip transportation from Reykjavik accommodations is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Geyser Waterfalls and Blue Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

Geyser Waterfalls and Blue Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

For a look at southern Iceland’s most popular natural wonders in one day, take this Golden Circle day trip from Reykjavik that includes a stop at the Blue Lagoon. The 186-mile (300-km) loop provides the opportunity for you to marvel at Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geyser area and Thingvellir National Park. Admire the otherworldly landscape of craters and canyons, and finish up at the Blue Lagoon for a hot soak in the thermal waters (entry not included).
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  • 7 hours
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