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“Like swimming on another planet... AWESOME.”

Blue Lagoon Iceland
Ranked #1 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 October 8, 2010

I visited the Blue Lagoon on the last day of a 3-week long European trip. We bought a "tour" that picked us up at our hotel in Reykjavik, took us to the Blue Lagoon (included admission fee), and afterwards shuttled us to the airport. It made it soooo easy.

The Blue Lagoon itself is totally out of this world. The area is surrounded by black volcanic rock, covered in a layer of green/red/orange moss: simply stunning. Once you finally see the water, it only adds to the beauty. The water glows this amazing milky sky blue color; I've never seen anything like it!

The Blue Lagoon is very modern and clean, and utilizes pretty sweet technology. You get a waterproof bracelet upon admission that operates your lockers (both large lockers for luggage, and small lockers in the lockerroom) as well as allows you to charge food and beverages at the cafe and swim up bar. It was easy when we left to "cash out" our bracelets and pay our food/drink charges. The water was hot (even though it was only 32 degrees F/0 degrees C outside). We arrived when it opened (10am), which I definitely recommend. It is not very crowded, and with the sun still rising, it made a beautiful and steamy atmosphere. It was not as beautiful later when the sun was up. I also loved that the lifeguard wore a neon green parka and long pants... :)

I could not think of a better way to end a long trip than soaking in the Blue Lagoon. It really feels like you're on another planet!

Thank srlndstrm
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

What can we all say - as a family this experience was amazing. We arrived by our hired Land Cruiser in the dark and the whole place was lit by the most out of this world lighting. The atmosphere was great and everywhere was completely clean and fresh. It was snowing and very cold but this just added to the environment. We were in the Lagoon for hours and used the steam room and sauna. The Children aged 18 and 17 could not believe it and we will definitely actually stay at the Blue lagoon for a night next time during our self drive tour in Dec 2011. I purchased anti ageing products from the shop and have also ordered direct over the internet from home. All perfect and the best most natural products you can buy.

Thank LoopyLou44
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

We travelled to Iceland on 11th to 14th September 2010 and we were torn between touring the far side of the island or going to the Blue Lagoon, we chose the Blue Lagoon and were we pleased we did!
Firstly, no matter what the weather is like, dont let this put you off. When we got there it was like a Novembers day in England, freezing cold, blowing a gale, foggy and torrential driving rain. Once you're in the water you really dont notice the weather.
We went there with Go Tour Iceland, the cost of the bus was 6,000KR (32.48) and the entrance fee was 9,000KR (48.70) this was for two adults. You can get a bus to the Blue Lagoon which will be less expensive.
The lagoon itself is a pool of seawater naturally heated by the geothermal activity below the surface. It sits in the middle of a lava field, and the water rises up through holes in the muddy bottom, so you can lounge around here with warm mud oozing between your toes in temperatures of 36-19C / 97-102F all year round. The lagoon filled up next to the adjacent Swartsengi power station after the construction of the latter in the 1970's. People started to bath here, and patients with skin complaints reported significant improvement, so official public bathing facilities were opened in 1987. An outpatients clinic for psoriasis patients was added later. The water contains a mixture of salts, silica and blue green algae, which cleanses the skin and relaxes the body (bet you nod off on the bus home).
The facilites have been greatly improved and expanded over recent years, with a new visitors reception and restaurant. There's also a cafeteria with sandwiches, snacks and drinks at prices you would pay anywhere else in Iceland, plus a modern shower block. You are now barely aware of the adjacent power station. Two saunas, a small waterfall and a steam bath (which was closed when we were there) have been built alongside the lagoon, and for an extra fee you can have a massage and be rubbed with some of the Blue Lagoon products. Wallowing about for an hour or two in the hot water should leave you feeling fantastic - and you can spead as much mud over your body as you like for free. Watch out for hotspots in the water, which can be a bit too hot, you do come across them gradually and are then able to move away. Take care going down the steps in the lagoon, as they can be slippery and you could have a hard landing on the rocks lurking in the mud under the water. If you are in the lagoon at the end of the day you can watch the sun set while you soak away lifes strains. Bathing suits, towel and bath robes are also available to hire at reception. There is a bar set in the water on one side of the lagoon, its a surreal feeling bobbing about in the hot water in the fog surrounded by volcanic hills swigging a beer, now thats one to remember!!! You are charged via a chip in your wristband, which also opens your locker (quite ingenious).
To sum up, its one of the best places we've ever been and was worth every penny / krona

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Reviewed September 21, 2010

I loved it! Insanely beautiful, with the blue water against the dark lava, and steam rising. The water is warmer in some places than others, and definitely not tepid. The massage was extraordinary: the water rocking you while your back is being massaged is so restful. One of the best massages I have ever had.

Top tips: wet your hair and slather in as much of their conditioner as you possibly can before you go in (ie without rinsing) - this will protect your hair from the chemicals. And if you're booking a massage, the Wellness Package rates work out better, as they include Lagoon entrance fee, towel and robe.

It would be worth being a senior citizen here, as the entry fee is a mere 7 euros, compared to 28 full price!

Thank TravellingNaturalist
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

32 degrees F outside, surrounded by mountains, a cool breeze flowing through your wet hair and your body is in 100 - 114 degrees lagoon (geothermal seawater) and silica mud all over your body. One word that sums it up....AMAZING! Spa, steambaths, and waterfalls. Totally rejuvinated!

Thank SandyBeachesAhoy
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