The Blue Lagoon

A steaming pool of milky blue water in an unforgiving landscape of lava, the Blue Lagoon is among Iceland’s most attractive sights, and perhaps its most popular. At $80 and up per head, entrance is scandalously overpriced, but that doesn’t deter the crowds from pouring in. And it didn’t deter us.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland valentines day

Found near the international airport in Keflavík, the Blue Lagoon makes an easy stop for tourists on their way into or out of Iceland. Buses to the lagoon run frequently from both the airport and the capital, and if you’ve just landed, there’s no better way to acclimate yourself to Iceland’s high prices than to splash out $80 and up for a bath. It will make the other expenses during your vacation seem reasonable.

Before visiting, we suspected that we were going to hate the Blue Lagoon. And in fact, we did. Kind of. If the price was the first strike, the crowd was strike two. This place is just as popular as we’d heard, and it was impossible to entirely relax. And as much as I’d love to believe that all the hundreds of people sharing my water were perfectly hygienic and had meticulously washed before entering, let’s not kid ourselves.

But still, we kind of enjoyed the Blue Lagoon. The water is gorgeous with its milky blue tint, and feels marvelous on the skin. Full of silicate, it reportedly works dermatological wonders. The lagoon actually isn’t natural; in the 1970s, a nearby geothermal plant began leaking their surplus water into the barren landscape. Ever eager to hop into any sort of heated water, industrial accident or no, Icelanders soon discovered the lagoon’s therapeutic powers. And it wasn’t long until the resort was born.

Blue Lagoon Lake in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is big, so even though you’ll never fully escape the crowds, you can manage to find some quiet corners. The temperature is a comfortable 104°F (40°C), and there are patches where it gets even hotter. There are a couple saunas, massaging waterfalls, and buckets full of silica mud to slop on your face. A poolside bar serves reasonably priced drinks, and the heroic staff manages to keep the changing rooms clean.

We wouldn’t be making a return trip to the Blue Lagoon, but were happy to have done it once. Now that we’ve been, we can understand why it appears near the top of almost every tourist’s itinerary.

Official Website: Blue Lagoon

More Blue Lagoon Photos

Woman at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Blue Lagoon FAQs

What Is The Entrance Fee For The Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon offers a structured fee structure for visits. The starting price for a one-time pass starts at $80 per adult, but can be higher depending on the time of day you wish to visit, for example, during peak hours the entrance fee can be as high as $97 per adult.

What Are Some Alternatives To The Blue Lagoon?

With the high entrance fee for the Blue Lagoon, many are looking for alternatives. Of course, nothing can beat the bizarre scenery around the lagoon, but as an alternative we can recommend Jarðböðin Nature Baths or the geothermal beach at Nauthólsvík.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Ranya

    hey I love your honest reviews ! Very refreshing 🙂

  2. cj huo

    Great Corporate gesture to it’s customers and citizens.

  3. Joe Kulik

    Isn’t Capitalism JUST Wonderful ???  Someone converted what was essentially an Industrial Accident into a very profitable business !!!!  Thanks for your candid review !!!

  4. Melissa

    YES it’s expensive! Have you tried the secret lagoon ? About half the price and not as full either . Love the pics you captured! Did you try a water Massage there ? I can’t seem to get an appt for a water Massage as they are always booked !

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