Some like it hot; I prefer it geothermal, which is why visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of my favorite things to do there! I mean, what’s better than a ginormous body of 104°F water, magic face mud, cold beer, and the color blue? Nothing—those are all fantastic things!
I’ve now visited Iceland’s Blue Lagoon a couple of times and I’m here to reinforce your opinion that the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a must-do. I have yet to meet anyone who disagrees! However, there are a handful of things you definitely need to know before your day visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. (And I’ve got plenty of helpful tips to boot!) Let’s get started.
This post was originally published in 2014 but has since been completely updated and rewritten for 2021.
Blue Lagoon Iceland facts
Iceland is a country bursting with volcanic activity—both literally and figuratively. Because of this, all that hot stuff under the Earth’s surface is brought closer and closer to the top where we can actually make use of it in a ton of fun and helpful ways. Drill, baby, drill!
Iceland harnesses its surplus of geothermal energy using power plants located around the island. This energy accounts for almost 30% of the country’s electricity and 87% of its heating and hot water requirements. Plus, like most of its tourism output as well—seeing as how I recently visited mostly so I could hike to the erupting volcano.
These power plants drill into the earth and run the superheated ground water and steam that comes out through turbines to generate electricity.
To experience the Blue Lagoon and other (secret) geothermal areas, check out my full 7-day Iceland itinerary. You’ll get to see and do so much!
Blue Lagoon water
In one such power plant (the Svartsengi Power Station), the water is then expelled from the plant into a man-made (but still awesome) lagoon where we then bathe and cover ourselves with its precious waste. Yes, we are a weird people—but a weird people with baby soft skin, so hush.
However, the Blue Lagoon’s water isn’t just power plant backwash. These waters that run a constant 98°F – 104°F are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur. These make it perfect for exfoliation, treating skin ailments, and making your friends laugh via your spot-on Mrs. Doubtfire impression. Hewwlewww!
But do know that all the water in the Blue Lagoon is naturally replenished every 40 hours. And, as you’ll see, that is a lot of water.
The same thing happens at the power plant in Tampa, Florida but here it’s manatees that bathe in the hot water. Check out this post on Tampa’s Manatee Viewing Center to see what I mean!
Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Now that you know some Blue Lagoon facts and a little background to impress your friends with, here’s what you need to know about actually visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
You should still visit even though it’s “touristy”
Whether you’re planning a quick trip to Iceland or a week-long Iceland road trip, you’ve surely seen the Blue Lagoon mentioned at least a hundred times already. Half the population thinks it’s the greatest thing this side of the boiling point, while the other half (haters) find it too mainstream for their boujee tastes.
I’m in the first group, obviously—a proud Blue Lagoon cheerleader. And so is everyone else who I’ve actually discussed this with.
Sure, Iceland is overflowing with geothermal swimming holes. Sure, the Blue Lagoon is only loosely a naturally-occurring phenomenon. And sure, visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland costs more than some other similar spots.
But, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is also beautiful and interesting, totally unique, easy to get to, and possibly the best damn time you’ll have this close to the Arctic Circle.
Is it “touristy?” Sure, a lot of tourists know about it and probably most of the people who visit are tourists. But, it’s not overcrowded (I don’t think you understand just how huge this place is); it’s not exorbitantly priced; there aren’t people trying to scam you into buying cheap crap; nor will you feel like you’ve been duped after visiting.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is still a seriously fun, relaxing, and interesting cultural experience out in a less-populated area of Iceland. “Touristy” or not, it’s absolutely worth visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. So get those haters out of your head already! (My advice for today and always.)
Visiting the Blue Lagoon is just one of the many awesome things to do on my perfect 4-day Iceland itinerary. Check it out at that link and copy the whole beautiful plan if you want! And don’t forget to pack all the right stuff for Iceland. (Free packing checklist in that link!)
Blue Lagoon Iceland packages
When visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, you’ll have three packages to choose from:
- Comfort – the most basic
- Premium – the basic stuff + a few nice extras
- Luxury – Off the charts splurge
Here are a few more details on the different Blue Lagoon packages…
Blue Lagoon Comfort package
“Comfort” is the Blue Lagoon’s most basic package and costs just $53 (USD). It includes:
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon (and unlimited amount of time in it) plus access to the saunas and steam rooms as well
- Silica mud mask (the white mask you see everyone wearing)
- Use of the lockers and towels
- Free drink of your choice at either the swim-up bar (recommended, obviously) or the Blue Café. This includes alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic ones.
This is the package I have purchased each time I have visited and it is really all you need for a fabulous day visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland! However, if you’re looking to splurge a little bit more on the finer things in life, check out the following two packages.
Blue Lagoon Premium package
The next step up from the “Comfort” package is the “Premium” package ($68 USD) which includes:
- All the same stuff as the Comfort package, plus…
- A second mask of your choice (either another silica mask or the black algae mask)
- Use of some slippers
- Use of a bathrobe
- A glass of sparkling wine if you’re dining at the Lava restaurant – but if you’re not, I guess you don’t get this perk
The Premium package costs just a little bit more than the Comfort, but really doesn’t include that much more. You get to use towels for free and you can wear your own flip-flops, so a robe and slippers just seems unnecessary.
Plus, when you go into the lagoon you hang your robe up at the communal rack. There’s a chance it won’t even be there when you get out of the water anyway.
Blue Lagoon Luxury package
Costing a whole 5x more than the Premium package (at $372 USD) is the Luxury package which includes:
- Five hours at the luxurious Retreat Spa
- Private changing suite
- Unlimited access to both the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon
- The Blue Lagoon ritual
- Skin care amenities
- Access to 8 “subterranean spaces” – I guess you’ve gotta pay up to find out what they are.
This is beyond anything I would ever book so I have no idea if it’s worth it or not. I guess it just depends on how badly you need some pampering in your subterranean spaces.
Blue Lagoon Iceland prices
Despite the fact that Iceland is one of the most expensive countries I have ever visited, visiting the Blue Lagoon is actually reasonably priced. (The bulk of the expense of visiting the Blue Lagoon is the shuttle service there and back if you’re staying in Reykjavik.) The prices for each package are:
- Comfort package (most basic, all you really need): $53 US
- Premium package: $68 US
- Luxury package: $372 US
All Blue Lagoon packages include one drink of your choice, the use of towels and lockers, unlimited access to the Blue Lagoon, and the use of their shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hair dryers.
Let’s talk about Blue Lagoon Iceland nudity
Before I went to Iceland the first time, I did a lot of research and everything I read about the Blue Lagoon said that you are required to:
- Shower before entering the Blue Lagoon
- Shower completely naked
- And do so in a communal shower with other people
The point of showering (completely naked) before entering the lagoon is to make sure all your dirty little bits get clean before heading into what is essentially a giant communal tub. The lagoon is huge and the water is hot, but aren’t you glad all the bodies that are in there have been scrubbed clean first? I am! Therefore, I am happy to do my part for the sake of hygiene.
Now, I want to set the record straight here. First of all, there aren’t locker room enforcers stripping you down and hosing you off. This is a spa after all, not a prison.
(There are locker room attendants however. And while I found them mostly cleaning up and helping people figure out how to work the lockers, they’re probably well prepared to tell you to remove your bathing suit if you try showering in the communal shower with your suit on.)
Blue Lagoon Iceland showers
Secondly, they have plenty of private shower stalls, with doors, made of frosted glass. And almost everyone opts for this route anyway so don’t worry that you’ll look like the odd (wo)man out. You just may have to wait in a short line.
The Blue Lagoon has separate locker rooms for men and women, and even private special needs facilities should you need one. You can change into your swimsuit in the locker room as almost everyone does, or take your business into one of the private bathroom stalls.
Lastly and most importantly, no one is looking at you or judging your choice to shower in a stall! The other nudies in the room are either completely unconcerned with your nudity because it’s nothing new to them, or they are so concerned with their own nudity that you don’t even exist at that moment.
Again, this is not prison; you are not being booked for a crime. You will not be standing in a nude line up to be judged on your jugs.
I personally know a few people who skipped out on the Blue Lagoon’s magnificence and another who almost did because of public nudity fear mongering. Don’t let these assumptions keep you from visiting one of Iceland’s hottest attractions. (Ha, hottest, get it?)
The lesson here: when it comes to nudity at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, you only have to get as nude in front of other people as you feel comfortable. Be that all the way or not at all.
Showering at the Blue Lagoon is nothing compared to visiting a Turkish hammam where you’re all kinds of naked in front of all kinds of people while a stranger scrubs you from head to toe. Click that link for all the sudsy details.
Can you go nude into the Blue Lagoon?
No, you can’t go into the Blue Lagoon nude or topless. The Blue Lagoon mandates that you shower naked before entering, but also that you wear a bathing suit in the lagoon, the sauna, and in all public areas.
Blue Lagoon Iceland luggage storage
Given its location near the main airport in Keflavik, the Blue Lagoon makes a great pre- or post-flight excursion. For this reason, you may need to store your luggage while you bathe in those beautiful blue waters.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland does offer luggage storage for 550 ISK (about $4 US) per bag. Your bags will be kept at the Luggage House in the main parking lot.
Keep in mind that many people arrive at and depart the Blue Lagoon at the same times, so you may need to allow extra time for retrieving your bag(s) when it’s time to leave.
Blue Lagoon lockers
OK, but doesn’t the Blue Lagoon have lockers? Yes, but they are seriously tight. You can fit a small backpack or tote bag in there, along with your clothes while you’re in the lagoon, but not much else. And they’re awkwardly shaped. (Definitely choose a top locker if one is available!)
Blue Lagoon Iceland temperature
Regardless of what time of year it is, the water in the Blue Lagoon stays between 98° and 104°F. And the temperature of the water is actually different in different parts of the lagoon.
There are known hot spots (the best spots, in my opinion) and “cooler” areas. You can discover them on your own, or take a look at the screen above the exit to the lagoon for a temperature map of the lagoon.
Blue Lagoon Iceland silica mud masks
By now you’ve surely seen pictures of the Blue Lagoon and all the anonymous white faces within. These white face masks are the lagoon’s famous silica mud masks.
Each Blue Lagoon package includes a free silica mud mask which you can pick up (have plopped into your hands) at the in-water mask bar.
The high silica content of the Blue Lagoon’s water (the stuff that gives it the milky blue color) settles as soft mud at the bottom of the lagoon. Then it’s scraped off the bottom for you to rub all over your face and body, because of course, this is totally normal.
The white silica mud is said to smooth, deep clean, and clear up your skin. Apply it generously, give ‘em your best Mrs. Doubtfire impression, take your pictures, and leave on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off in the hot water of the lagoon.
Need to know: the Blue Lagoon sells their silica mud mask for $104/bottle. In the lagoon it’s free! Definitely don’t miss your chance to sample the goods.
Blue Lagoon algae mask
If you purchase the Premium package, you’ll also receive an algae mask after your silica mud mask. The black algae mask is believed to nourish, moisturize, and stimulate collagen production for all that anti-aging goodness.
Again, apply the algae mask liberally and leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with warm lagoon water.
Best time to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
The best time to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is whatever time is best for you! If you can only visit at night, do it. If you can only visit in the morning, do it! That being said, if you do have pretty open availability, I personally recommend visiting during the day.
During the day is when you can really take in the blue water of the Blue Lagoon in all its milky glory. You also get to see the nearby power plant from which these awesome hot waters originate.
While visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland at night has its advantages, if you can’t see how truly blue the water is, are you not just hanging out in a big public hot tub?
If you’re afraid visiting during the day will be too crowded – don’t be. The Blue Lagoon is immense and though people do tend to congregate in certain areas (the mask bar, the bar bar), it never seems crowded.
Blue Lagoon Iceland at night
During the summer in Iceland, the sun barely sets and the sky never gets dark. So, even at midnight there will be light in the sky. During the winter you’ll experience a fully dark sky and much earlier in the day.
The Blue Lagoon at night will be less crowded than during the day (though, again, it never feels uncomfortably crowded even then) and with fewer kids in their floaties. So if you’re looking for a truly relaxing experience to just unwind, maybe visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland at night is for you.
Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights
Another benefit to visiting the Blue Lagoon at night is for the chance to peep the Northern Lights while you’re there. Given its remote location, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights at the Blue Lagoon are higher than if you stuck around in Reykjavik.
But keep in mind that weather and cloud cover can be unpredictable, and you’ll still have to contend with the (albeit limited) light pollution in and around the lagoon. (Ergo, it’s never 100% guaranteed that you’ll see the aurora during your visit.)
If you did want to do both the Blue Lagoon and see the Northern Lights in the same day, you can book this tour that covers both (just not simultaneously).
Blue Lagoon Iceland Tips
Now that I’ve absolutely convinced you to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, there are a few things you should know first. Here are my best Blue Lagoon tips:
1. Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit, but don’t worry if you do
When packing for a trip to a country with “ice” in its name, forgetting to pack a swimsuit can be easy. No one can fault you for that. Just kidding – your friends are totally going to roast you when you have to rent one there that says “For Rent Only” down the side.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon should top your list of things to do in Iceland, so you should most definitely not forget to pack a swimsuit. However, if your excitement for this new land should cloud your packing judgment, know that it is possible to rent a bathing suit at the Blue Lagoon.
For women, it’s a navy blue one-piece swimsuit that’s embroidered with “For Rent Only” down the side. For men, it’s a pair of shorts. And for the rest of your life, it will be a hilarious joke no one ever forgets.
Personally, I have only seen one person wearing the rented suit (and that was my friend who totally forget to pack one). However, if you’ve got a long flight ahead of you and don’t want to pack a soaking wet swimsuit in your luggage, renting one actually seems practical. You can rent swimsuits at the reception desk for ISK 800 (about $6 US) and they come in sizes S – XL.
2. Bring a waterproof phone case
Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland will be a memorable and unique experience you’ll absolutely want to document. Trust me when I say you will want those photos of your friend in her rented bathing suit and your husband in his mud mask.
However, if you should drop your phone, consider it toast. Not only must the sulfur-y, silica-y, super-hot water just destroy your phone, but you will never, ever find it down there. The Blue Lagoon’s blue water has the consistency and clarity of milk – you can’t see anything below the surface.
A waterproof phone case with a strap is an absolute must if you plan on taking pictures inside the Blue Lagoon. I honestly can’t even imagine how many phones they scrape out of there. (That link is the one I use and I love it.)
Also, my advice: take your phone in, snap some pictures, but return your phone your locker at some point so you can enjoy the magnificence of the Blue Lagoon without the stress of worrying about your phone.
3. Don’t forget about your free drink
Because this comes included in your package, some people forget about it, or might not know about it at all. (I mean, really people.) You don’t want to miss out on the chance to drink ice cold Icelandic beer from a swim-up bar in a geothermal lagoon right?
You have the option of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, cider) and non-alcoholic drinks (soft drinks, Gatorade, smoothies) as well. And also something literally called Krap, which I think is just a slushie.
Longing for more unique European spa experiences (with more free beer)? Check out this post on what it’s like visiting a Prague beer spa!
4. Try not to get your hair wet in the lagoon
Of all the Blue Lagoon tips I have to dole out, this one is the most important, obviously. The minerals in the water make it great for your skin but a nightmare for your hair.
Guys: whatever, no one really cares what your hair looks like. But ladies! Do your best to keep your hair out of the water at all costs. This is easier for some, but for people like me whose hair often gets stuck in her own waistband, you’ll want to tie it up on top of your head.
In the locker room showers the Blue Lagoon provides you with all the hair conditioner your tresses could ever dream of, free of charge. Take advantage of this! Absolutely smother your hair in this conditioner and leave it in. (<- This is key!) Then, wrap it up into a bun and secure it.
Without the conditioner, should you get your hair wet in the lagoon’s water, it will be horribly dry and just wrecked. Like, can’t get a brush through it, wrecked. This is especially important if you have anywhere to be immediately after your day visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
With the conditioner, your hair will be unbelievably soft and smooth afterwards, and it won’t be the worst thing if your hair does touch the water just a little bit. (I wouldn’t recommend going completely under the water or anything though.) You can still get those good Blue Lagoon pics with your hair down, just make sure to coat it in their conditioner first.
5. Don’t forget to make a reservation beforehand
It’s important to know that the Blue Lagoon does manage their capacity limits, and because this is one of the most popular things to do in Iceland, pre-booking a reservation is definitely necessary.
Getting to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes and unless you’ve rented a car, you’ll have to book your spot on a shuttle bus. Many times you’ll have to show your Blue Lagoon reservation to do so.
But the easiest way to go about visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is to simply book admission and transportation all together. You do not have to book your Blue Lagoon package directly through the Blue Lagoon, so securing your reservation through a tour company (which includes roundtrip transportation) is really the best method.
You can book your day at the Blue Lagoon (including roundtrip transfer to and from Reykjavik) through companies like Reykjavik Excursions and Grayline. I’ve actually used both for this and both are fantastic. It really is the stress-free solution.
Booking your day at the Blue Lagoon through a tour company ensures you have roundtrip transportation on a nice bus and, though you are limited by drop-off and pickup times, they always make sure you have ample time at the Lagoon.
6. Bring a sealable bag for your bathing suit
The Blue Lagoon is out in the middle of nowhere so, after leaving the lagoon, your suit is going to be wet for a while. A funky wet bathing suit in your luggage/purse for possibly hours is no bueno. And, with no way to dry them at the spa, you’ll need to batten down the hatches until you can hang it up.
In the locker rooms, the Blue Lagoon provides compostable, eco-friendly “plastic” bags for you to put your suit in as you prepare to leave. This is fantastic (because they didn’t use to offer that), but the bags are on par with the ones you put your apples in at the grocery store—hella thin with an open top.
They’re good for the moment if you have nothing else, but if you’re visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before a flight out (like I did the first time) or continuing on for a longer excursion or tour, you’ll most definitely want something sturdier that seals shut so you can pack it away.
For this, I recommend gallon-sized Ziplocks—something I bring with me on all trips actually because they are endlessly useful!
Big tip here: Do not forget to take your wet suit out and hang it up immediately when you get to wherever it is you’re going. If you’ve ever forgotten about a wet bathing suit or wet towel in your luggage, then you know.
7. Don’t miss the indoor entrance into the lagoon
It doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit Iceland, it’s going to be cold during your visit to the Blue Lagoon. (My latest visit was in the middle of July and the temperature never hit above 48°F.)
The waters of the Blue Lagoon are hot-hot-hot, but walking from the spa to the water in just your bikini is ice-freaking-cold. Even worse is the walk back when you’re soaking wet and soaking up that frigid breeze.
Luckily, the walk from the locker rooms to the water (and back) is not long at all. But, if you’d still rather not experiment with hypothermia, don’t miss the hidden little indoor entrance into the lagoon.
When you exit the locker rooms to head to the lagoon, look to your left and you’ll see a spot where you can enter the hot waters of the lagoon while still inside the building, and then exit to the larger lagoon where your friends are waiting with silica masks and Krap.
8. Don’t miss the bonus areas in the lagoon
Besides the massive lagoon and all its boiling nooks and crannies, there are also some “bonus” areas around the lagoon you could easily miss that are still included in your general admission package.
Be sure to stop by the:
- Lava cave
- Steam cave
When you exit the main building and you’re facing the lagoon, all of these areas are found on your left, up against the building pretty much. The Blue Lagoon is so much more than a giant hot tub!
9. Don’t forget to hydrate!
Luckily, the Blue Lagoon staff will remind you of this a few times during your visit, but it’s still easy to forget (and just as easy to dehydrate).
You’ll find ice cold water stations around here and there, even in the lagoon itself. Most people just stick their faces under it to drink, but the easiest thing to do is to use the cup you got with your free drink to fill up at the water station.
10. Remove all jewelry before entering the lagoon
The high levels of minerals in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon do have the potential to damage your jewelry. I’m not sure how much damage can be done since I haven’t really worn any in there, but I will say that nothing at all has happened to my silver belly button ring on any of my visits.
I’m sure it depends on the metal and the quality of it, but if you have a piece of jewelry you love, I wouldn’t risk wearing it into the lagoon.
However, like with the phone thing I mentioned above, the real danger is in your jewelry slipping off and never, ever finding it again. The lockers are totally secure and I have never felt uncomfortable leaving my jewelry in there.
11. Take note if you wear contact lenses
Blue Lagoon staff will alert you upon arriving that if you wear contact lenses, it’s best to remove them before entering the lagoon. They say the minerals and other elements in the geothermal water can irritate your eyes if you’re wearing them. (Plus, you know, should one of them pop out…)
And since you’ll have to wear glasses if you remove your contacts, they also recommend making sure to not submerge your glasses as the silica in the water can damage your prescription lenses. So, basically, if you were looking for a sign you should finally get LASIK surgery, this is it. (I can attest that it will be the best money you’ve ever spent.)
12. Check out the hidden walking paths
Before you leave the Blue Lagoon for good, check out the hidden walking paths behind the lagoon for some interesting views.
When you exit the main building towards the parking lot, on your right will be a series of walking paths that go behind the building, the parking lot, and the lagoon. What you’ll see is a series of overflow areas that make for some great tourist-free photos.
You can check out the awesome Icelandic moss-covered lava formations, the blue water and white silica mud, the distant power plant, and you’ll be mostly all alone back there.
13. Don’t underestimate the lagoon’s healing powers
The Blue Lagoon will tell you all about the supposed benefits of the geothermal water to those with all sorts of skin ailments including psoriasis and eczema. However, it’s my belief that the Blue Lagoon cures more than just skin diseases.
Hear me out: three months before my first trip to Iceland I suffered some nerve damage in my hand due to a freak flying trapeze incident (true story) after which I lost all feeling in my left middle finger down to my palm.
Let me repeat: I had no feeling in my finger for three months. However, after my three hours in the lagoon, all feeling was immediately restored and has been 100% ever since. So, consider me a believer.
Will a visit to the Blue Lagoon cure the common cold? Your spouse’s prolific snoring? Hiccups? Who’s to say… but isn’t it worth some experimentation anyway?
14. Plan to spend at least three hours at the Blue Lagoon
…but aim for more like four or five. Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is not a quick activity to be rushed. Consider it a slow simmer, because it quite literally is.
In addition to your time actually hanging out in the lagoon, you also have to factor in time for checking in, changing, showering… then showering, changing, and checking out. To do all that, a good five hours should do. And trust me, you will not think that is too long!
It may sound like a long time to spend, essentially, hanging out in a hot tub, but when you’re there, you’ll agree more is more.
The Blue Lagoon is such a fun, fascinating place so take it easy and don’t try to rush your experience. Plus, if you book your package through one of the tour companies, they typically assign you drop off and pick up times anyway. And since they know what’s up, they give you plenty of time for everything.
What to pack for the Blue Lagoon
For your visit to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, here are the few key items you need to pack:
- Bathing suit – do NOT forget to pack a swimsuit. I personally love the styles and quality (and prices) from Cupshe.
- Ziplock bags for holding your wet suit when you leave
- Flip-flops – you can rent sandals there or go without them altogether, but I prefer to wear them in the locker room and around the lagoon
- Waterproof phone case – a must-have if you plan on taking pictures at the Blue Lagoon
- Or a GoPro and floating handle with wrist strap
- Hair ties and/or clips to keep your hair out of the water
- Or even a shower cap if you choose! I have seen a handful of shameless shower cap-wearers
Hotels in Iceland near the Blue Lagoon
Being about an hour outside Reykjavik, getting to and from the Blue Lagoon isn’t super convenient, especially if you have a late/early flight coming up.
Even though it seems the Blue Lagoon is way out in the middle of nowhere, there are still places to stay near the Blue Lagoon, and they’re pretty nice too! Plus, you now have the added benefit of being near Fagradalsfjall, the erupting volcano and being away from the city for Northern Lights viewing.
If your plans don’t include ample time to travel back and forth, check out these hotels in Iceland near the Blue Lagoon:
Northern Light Inn
The Northern Light Inn is a great hotel that’s only half a mile from the Blue Lagoon and includes free shuttle buses back and forth potentially saving you tons of cash. (They even have an exclusive airport taxi as well.)
This hotel offers panoramic views of the Reykjanes Peninsula and the awesome lava fields. They have an amazing on-site restaurant, free WiFi, free breakfast is included, and lots of free cancellation options.
When it comes to hotels in Iceland near the Blue Lagoon, you can’t beat the Northern Light Inn. Read more Northern Light Inn reviews on Tripadvisor here.
Eldey Airport Hotel
The family-run Eldey Airport Hotel is a great option if you’re looking to stay near the airport for that late night or early morning flight out of Keflavik. (You probably know how bonkers the Icelandair schedules are by now.)
They offer free access to their outdoor hot tub and infrared sauna as well as the ability to book your visit to the Blue Lagoon (and other tours) right there. They also have many different breakfast and cancellation options.
Reviewers absolutely love the helpful staff and clean rooms, and the Eldey Airport Hotel is especially popular with solo travelers. Read more Eldey Airport Hotel reviews on Tripadvisor here.
Hotel Volcano Grindavik
Also located near the Blue Lagoon is Hotel Volcano Grindavik just over 3 miles away that also offers free shuttle service to and from the Blue Lagoon. The property has a shared lounge area, a tour desk, free breakfast included, and will happily store your luggage for you should you need.
Given its awesome location, they also offer a variety of activities on-site or nearby like hiking and biking. (I highly recommend the hike to the erupting volcano if you can swing it!)
Iceland Blue Lagoon review
Personally, I love the Blue Lagoon. And you know what? So does everyone I’ve ever spoken to that has been. I didn’t find it “touristy” or lacking in any way. And even though I had already “been there, done that,” I still wanted to visit again on my latest visit to Iceland.
Many people say the Blue Lagoon is overpriced but… uh, have you been to Iceland? Iceland is the most expensive place I have ever been, so naturally you’re going to spend more money here than you’d think reasonable.
However, while many things are overpriced—like, stay far away from the gift shop—it costs just over $50 for unlimited access to the Blue Lagoon and the bonus areas, a free drink, a silica mud mask, and then some. I think that’s more than reasonable and absolutely worth the value.
The Blue Lagoon is an incredibly interesting and fun way to spend a day in Iceland. You get to relax in a super weird hot tub that looks like it’s filled with bantha milk from Tatooine. In a setting that looks like you’re on another planet. What’s not to love, young Padawan?
Even after two visits, my opinion remains the same: I highly recommend visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
More info for your day visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
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