Visit to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland: How to get there, prices and advice

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Huge pool of warm thermal water of an iridescent blue that contrasts with the dark volcanic rocks that surround it, fed by the geothermal plant of Svartsengi which, every two days, completes the cycle of replacement and which, after all the path arrives in the lagoon with a 'water at 39 °: the Blue Lagoon is among the main attractions of all Iceland, a surreal landscape immersed in a fairytale context.
The water is a concentrate of silica, limestone, sulfur and an algae called Cyanobacteria with important cosmetic and healing properties, in which no chemical substance is used for purification: for this reason, access to the pool is regulated by very strict rules. hygienic before you can dive.


  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  4. What to see and how to visit the Blue Lagoon
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: Starting from Reykjavik and parking in the small town of Grindavik, you can walk the 6 km. to reach the Blue Lagoon - Get directions
  • By car: 40 minutes from Reykjavik following the 3 main roads 49, 41 and 43, park at the Blue Lagoon in large free parking - Get directions
  • By taxi: from Reykjavik Port - Get directions
  • By bus: you can opt for the simple transport from Reykjavik or Keflavik (€ 20,00 approximately) or for access with return transfer from Reykjavik (from € 100,00)

Hours and prices

  • generally 8: 00-22: 00, from 29 June to 19 August 7: 00-24: 00. Christmas Eve 8: 00-15: 00, Christmas and New Year 8: 00-17: 00
  • To avoid queues: access to the Blue Lagoon has a daily limit, it is important to book online in advance
  • daily access with basic package was € 45,00, including a bath in the lagoon and thermal mud. However, since 2018 the Blue Lagoon has become a luxury SPA, so much so as to eliminate the basic package, so as to impose an entrance price of € 55,00, even if after 18:00 it is possible to have a discount. Different prices also depending on the time of year

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit the Blue Lagoon

As soon as we arrive at the Blue Lagoon it is easy to understand that, after the initial amazement, we will have a vast area of ​​nature and peace that is unique in the world: the best way to live this magnificent experience is to relax completely and, after checking in at the reception, after having changed in the changing rooms and having taken the shower necessary to immerse yourself in the lagoon, we will be spoiled for choice among the various treatments available, illustrated with info and prices by the staff upon our arrival.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: The ideal is to reach the Blue Lagoon when it opens, so that you can witness the different types of light during the day and experience the whole day in the most relaxed way possible.
  2. Reservation request : It is important to book because of the limited number. We recommend booking the round trip transfer online with admission included
  3. Discounted rates: From 18:00 until closing you can take advantage of a discounted rate on the entrance fee and different prices depending on the season.
  4. Hygiene: The hygiene issue at Blue Lagoon is a priority, since the waters are not disinfected with any chemical substance: therefore a shower is mandatory before being able to bathe.
  5. Minimum time: The advice would be to spend a whole day at the Blue Lagoon or, even better, at least an overnight stay in the nearby Grindavik hotels (from € 95,00 per night approximately), overlooking the lagoon, so as to experience this magnificent landscape even in nocturnal, perhaps encountering an unexpected Northern Lights, especially in clear winter nights.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

Many recommend seeing the Blue Lagoon at the beginning of your stay in Iceland, so as to appreciate it without comparing it with the other less famous thermal springs scattered throughout the area. The Blue Lagoon is certainly the most inflated and touristy, so much so that, also given the costs that have transformed it into a small luxury, Icelanders prefer to choose other destinations, perhaps smaller, or have private thermal pools around the corner. home. It is not impossible to find them being simple tourists and not locals, but they are certainly less at hand.

The sauna, among the additional services on the ticket price, is instead possible to do it for free if, while we are in the pool, we swim to the left under the bridge, so as to arrive at a small wooden door that leads to a small warm room where you reproduce the benefits of the sauna.

Given the type of water in the lagoon, It is very important to apply conditioner to your hair before entering and exiting the pool, given the massive presence of silica, which is great for skin care, but disastrous for hair.
Even the worn swimsuit should be rinsed immediately after swimming, so as not to ruin the fabric, again due to the silica, or use an "andante" one that we could not rinse, accepting the risk of damage.

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