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“Incredibly relaxing and also beautiful to visit”

Blue Lagoon Iceland
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Grindavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Named in 2012 as one of National Geographic's “25 Wonders of the World," Blue Lagoon has evolved from its infancy as a reservoir of geothermal runoff into a world of geothermal wonder. The unique properties of its waters provide not only an enchanting lagoon experience, but also the patented, active ingredients in Blue Lagoon skin care: silica, algae, and minerals. Blue Lagoon is located in a sprawling, 800­ year ­old lava field in the heart of the Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Geopark. Just 20 minutes from Keflavík International Airport and 50 minutes from Reykjavík, Blue Lagoon is simultaneously remote and easily accessible.
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Although a man-made attraction, it really is very beautiful and restful. Well worth a trip when you're visiting Iceland. The food is a bit pricey (but then so is most of it in Iceland), and if you were visiting an attraction like this anywhere in the world the food would be pricey. The bath robes are also expensive to hire, and not that necessary. Otherwise a really relaxing day, with helpful staff, and a great place to unwind after traveling.

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

After a long delayed flight from Oslo, we knew we wanted to head straight to the Blue Lagoon to relax. The pictures of Blue Lagoon in the inflight magazine paled in comparison to the actual thing. It was sunset and our bus drove through wide rocky lava fields towards a plume of steam rising in the distance. The walking path from the parking lot to the spa itself is a dramatic corridor of lava rock walls on both sides that then opens onto the spa entrance, with the tantalizing glowing blue waters of the lagoon peeking through to the side. We rented swim trunks in addition to the entrance fee, which includes an electronic bracelet that acts as a key to the locker and a way to purchase food/drink. Towels are provided. Locker rooms and shower areas were clean and there were larger size lockers that could fit luggage. Blow dryers and moisturising lotion are set out on the counters for use ad lib. Disposable plastic bags are also available for taking home one's wet swim clothes. We spent 2 hours lounging in the toasty large lagoon. It was like being on a (really cool) alien planet to float in a glowing steaming blue pool surrounded by black lava rocks under the wintery arctic night. (If only it was not overcast so that the Northern Lights were visible). There was also a waterfall feature one can stand under to get a massage, steamrooms just steps from the pool to enjoy, and a bar to swim up to and order drinks from. We did not have time to enjoy any of the spa treatments, but we stayed for light dinner at their restaurant, Lava. The trio of sliders (mini-burgers) was excellent. Blue Lagoon is not an inexpensive affair, but we felt spa experiences should be about splurging and indulging. We felt so relaxed and at ease afterwards that we slept most of the bus ride back to our hotel.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I LOVED this place. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, locals scoff at it. BUT... the beauty of the resort juxtaposed next to volcanic rock is just amazing... not to say the least about the bathing experience itself. When you first step out of the building to walk into the lagoon, it's rather funny (on a rainy and cold day). The water, as some have noted, does have some warmer and cooler spots... You kind of have to wade around (that's the fun of it) to find your sweet spot. My fave part was standing in front of this... pipe that shot out sweet, sulphuric plumes of steam! Sounds gross, but was like getting a facial... and quite the "I'm actually in Iceland" moment. I thought it was just wonderfully rejuvenating and SO beautiful. This really was a nice experience. I've never seen anything like it before. The pools were amazing and surrounding landscape a spectacular sight. The Blue Lagoon is a must-do experience. Pricey, but worth it. Unlike anywhere else I've been. The water really is blue, and warm. I floated effortlessly on my back, watching the moon in the night sky, surrounded by clouds of mist coming off the water. Try the waterfall for a shoulder massage! There's a steam room and sauna, and you can have spa treatments. It's all very clean and well organised with free lockers for storage. Conditioner and shampoo/body wash is supplied free in the plentiful showers. We have book the Exclusive Lounge. Exclusive Lounge we get our own a private lagoon with direct access to Blue Lagoon and private outdoor lounge deck with stunning views and dedicated staff member whose only concern is to make sure i have everything i need also we get light refreshments available in the lounge, or we can order something delicious from LAVA Restaurant's a la carte menu. In our reserved lounge, with a lovely fireplace and designer furniture, is a haven of indulgent calm and we had complimentary towels, bathrobes and slippers also our own private shower rooms, each for 1-2 people. worth spending that much to enjoy the blue lagoon. I recommended to go to the blue lagoon and book the Exclusive Lounge.

1  Thank kbtang
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Going to Iceland and not visiting the Blue Lagoon would be pure folly!

We went on a 3 night break with Iceland Air to see the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon was an optional extra. At the end of the trip we can say that it was certainly the highlight. We visited in early November - Iceland is at its coldest from November to February. At reception you are given an electronic bracelet for your locker and to purchase food/drinks with (you pay at the end). You are also given a towel and can hire a robe (a must when it's cold). The most painful part of the experience was taking the few steps in 2 degrees celsius to the edge of the geothermal silica lagoon. Once we were in, it was an experience like no other. This cannot be matched in any spa anywhere.

The lagoon is chest deep at most. There are pales of mud mask at the edge of the lagoon that you can use as frequently (and as much of) as you wish - my skin is still smooth and plump now 3 days later.

The feeling of warm water all over, the cool air on your face, the sight of the beautiful sky and the steam rolling across the lagoon, the occasional waves of very warm water, all amount to an undescribable pleasure. Next time we go to Iceland, we are planning 2 or 3 nights at the Blue Lagoon spa to indulge in treatments and the lagoon (it's also a hotel) and 2 nights in Reykjavik.

We are still joking that the Blue Lagoon is better than....

2  Thank SuzyKyu
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Some see the blue lagoon as too touristy but when i went there werent many people there and it was quiet and relaxing. The pool is brilliant i relaxed in there for about 2 hours, there is also a superb and extremely powerful man made waterfall which if you stand underneath it feels like you are getting a deep massage. There are a couple of saunas, coffee bar and indoor restaurant which i ate at and enjoyed very much.

You cannot beat sitting in this wonderful, relaxing, roasting hot pool whilst it snows on your head. Awesome place, i would go there every day if i could.

Thank Rich2112
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