Blue Lagoon

Fire and Ice – Visiting Blue Lagoon in the Wintertime

Ana Barreto

Ana Barreto

Hi! I'm Ana, also known as Travellight.
I'm Portuguese, live in Lisbon and I'm a travel addict!
I've been traveling since I was a teenager and I've been around the World a few times already.
This is my attempt to share with you my experiences and the knowledge I've collected after more than 20 years of non-stop traveling. Hope you like it!
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Ana Barreto

The Blue Lagoon is probably the most popular destination in Iceland.  I think everyone who visits this Northern European country takes a trip to this place and as far as I’m concern, it’s well worth it!

Blue Lagoon

Iceland – Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Bathing in the Lagoon

The scenery is particularly stunning when you visit in the Winter.  Just the fact that you can bathe in a warm turquoise blue water and be surrounded by snow is amazing!

Did you know that the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon?  I thought it was until I got there.  After all Iceland is known for having a lot of natural hot springs right?  But this isn’t the case.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

The land around the lagoon is natural, as is the lava that shapes it, but the water is actually from a geothermal plant next door.

I know…  It doesn’t sound so appealing when you hear it like that, but bear in mind that the water is filtered before it goes into the Blue Lagoon and the warm water, rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, are reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.

Blue Lagoon

Surreal place!

I knew the queue to get in would be very long so I decided to book a luxury package online to save time.

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The luxury package, included the following:

  • A visitor pass (no waiting in line)
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance to the Exclusive Lounge
  • Private dressing area
  • Use of bathrobe, towel and slippers
  • Complimentary drink and snacks (fruit slices and chocolates)
  • Algae Mask
  • Spa Journey Product Set
  • A reserved table and a free drink at the LAVA Restaurant
Blue Lagoon

The private access to the lagoon

The best thing about the Exclusive lounge (apart from the private dressing room), is its private entrence leading directly into the lagoon.  This allows you to access it from the inside without having to endure the freezing temperatures outside.

Blue Lagoon

Nice fireplace in the VIP Lounge

I saw a lot of people running like crazy from the public locker rooms, into the pool, in their bathing suits and trunks, trying to escape the freezing cold after they had to strip down and shower in front of a lot of strangers (don’t panic, if you don’t mind waiting a bit, they do have a few stalls and showers with doors you can close if, like me, you are shy about being naked in public).

Anyway once you are inside the 38 degree celsius blue waters you don’t feel cold anymore and everyone can just enjoy and relax!

The winter landscape around the lagoon is marvelous

The winter landscape around the lagoon is marvelous

Blue Lagoon Basics:

  • Blue Lagoon is a bit far from Reykjavik, about 45 min away, so to get there you’ll need to book a transfer from a tour company.  Most of these trips do not include Blue Lagoon admission so you’ll need to pay that separately when you arrive.
  • Blue Lagoon is much closer to Keflavik were the airport is than Reykjavik so you can take the opportunity, save time and money and go there before or after your flight, a lot of people do that!
  • Don’t let the water touch your hair, the minerals in the water can ruin it so use a lot of conditioner and tie it up.  You can also use a swimming cap to protect your hair.
  • Blue Lagoon has a sauna, a steam room and a variety of spa treatments including massages and skin treatments.  There is also a swim up bar were cocktails are served!
  • If you are not going for a premium package bring your own towel so you don’t have to spend money renting one.
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Bye, bye!


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