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“Touristy, yes: Banal, No”

Blue Lagoon Iceland
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Blue Lagoon Spa Including Admission and Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik
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$261.49*
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Viking Horse-Riding Tour and Blue Lagoon Including Admission Fee
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Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Grindavik
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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 May 23, 2014

I resisted going here as the idea of getting in a hot pool with a bunch of tourists just seemed low on the list when visiting Iceland but the good reviews kept bouncing around in my head. So I caved and, wow, was this ever a fun experience. Forgetting the locker room shower experience prior to, and after, getting into the pool, the warm silica and sulphur rich water was a respite for both the body and soul. I (almost) didn't want to leave! Forget about this being touristy (after all, isn't that what we are) aspect and simply allow yourself to succumb to the power of the water. Splash into this one and you will come out worry free!

Thank dmarun
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Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

To be fair, we had already attended the nature baths at Lake Myvatn (LM) so we knew what to expect. This place had many more tourists and the water was a bit cooler than LM. The locker rooms were tight when full and the shower facilities were lacking for the amount of guests (same as LM). The place itself was stunning and had many amenities including massages, mud masks, a restaurant and a poolside bar. We took advantage of the comfort plan which included a robe, towel, cocktail, and a sample mud (much different than the free mud around the edge of the pool). Overall, we liked it. It was relaxing. Worth a stop. We liked Lake Myvatn better because it was quieter, warmer water and had fresh water (even though the sulfur was more apparent). Too bad LM doesn't have the free mud pots!

Thank TravelingSuz
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is a must see tourist attraction when you are visiting Iceland. You can spend the entire day here or just an hour before catching your flight home. It is about 20 minutes away from the airport so it is perfect to go to on a long layover or the morning of your flight. It is very pricey as everything in Iceland is. It is great for relaxing if you had a stressful trip.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Strange place,interesting place. Nice facilities but a huge tourist trap. Easily fit in if you are close to the airport or not spending much time in Iceland. Worth a visit once in a lifetime thing I think.

Thank Seanith
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Any number of tour companies will transfer you from the airport to the Blue Lagoon and then to your hotel. It's a great way to take the edge off of your travels. There's a luggage check up front where you can leave your bags. I think it's about 500 krona ($5) per bag. But, you might not be on the same bus after, so you'll probably need to do it if you're coming straight from the airport.

You can buy several different packages to enter. The cheapest is about 40 Euros and it gets you basic admission, a locker and that's about it. For 20 Euros more you get a towel, robe, product samples and a drink at the poolside bar. There are even more expensive packages, but I can't imagine paying them, so I don't remember what's in them. Bring your own towel and you can save about 20 Euros!

The main thermal pool is huge and there are buckets of the face scrub/mask. Be sure to try out the thermal waterfall. It's an irregular stream of water that functions like a massage. It's very relaxing. There are also sauna and steam rooms. Massage and other services are available, although I did not try any of them.

All in, it's well worth a visit. It isn't going to be cheap, but then who can put a price on relaxation?

Thank jackonferry
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