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If you've ever looked up things to do in Iceland, then you surely have seen pictures, or heard of the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. With bright blue steamy waters, it is an iconic location for travelers and for those that are on a short layover in Reykjavik, Iceland. 


But is the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik worth it? There are a bunch of other thermal spas throughout the country, and the Blue Lagoon is certainly the most expensive. So what exactly makes the Blue Lagoon different than the rest?


The first time I visited Iceland, I wasn't sure if it was worth the hype, and being on a tight budget didn't help, so I opted to skip it. This time though, I figured- I need to experience it, at least to help the other travelers out there! Now after visiting, we have all of the details to share with you, so that you can decide is the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik is right for you! Let's jump right in.

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Where is the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik?

The Blue Lagoon is actually located outside Reykjavik, in Keflavik, Iceland. Keflavik is also where the international airport is located, making the Blue Lagoon the perfect place to spend a layover for a few hours. The Blue Lagoon is just 21 km away from the airport, and a 20 minute drive, making it super convenient for travelers with short stays in Iceland.

where is the blue lagoon in Reykjavik

The Blue Lagoon is right near the airport of Reykjavik.


How to Get to the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

There are three different ways to get to the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. The best option will depend on whether you are going from the airport or Reykjavik, or if you have a longer stay in Iceland.


Take a Shuttle Bus to the Blue Lagoon

There are shuttle buses from both Keflavik Airport and from Keykjavik city to the Blue Lagoon. The buses that run from the airport go at 7:30 am, 8:45 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4;00 pm, and 5:30 pm year round. In the summer, there is also one more bus that leaves to airport at 6:30 am, to get you there right before the Blue Lagoon's opening at 7 am. Going back to the airport the time slots are 9:25 am, 12:10 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:10 pm, and 4:40 pm.


The shuttles that go from Reykjavik city are 40-45 minutes, and depart each hour on the hour from 7 am to 7 pm in the winter, and from 6 am to 9 pm in the summer. The shuttles back to the capital leave the Blue Lagoon every hour on the 15 minute mark between 10:15 am and 8:15 pm year round, and start at 9:15 am and finish at 1:15 in the morning during the summer months.


Bus tickets are typically 30 euros each way, and include luggage storage, as well as Wifi on board. You can easily purchase tickets online, or upon arrival.

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Take a Tour to the Blue Lagoon

If you're short on time, or traveling alone, then taking a tour to the Blue Lagoon may be your best option. This will make things easier for you, as you won't have to worry about organizing transportation, and will allow you to have a piece of mind.


Here are a few tours that you can take for transfers, or combined tickets:

Rent a Car at the Airport

As we were doing a full road trip around Iceland, we drove to the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. We would recommend either starting with the Blue Lagoon, or it being the last thing on your itinerary before leaving Iceland, due to its proximity to the airport. 


Since we wanted to relax after an intense trip, we opted to go in the morning before our flight. The parking lot is very big and spacious, and is free of charge. We suggest if you want to book a car to do it well isn advance! Prices change drastically, and there is a lot less availability during the summer months.


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Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik Prices & Timetable

So now that you know how to get to the Blue Lagoon, let's talk numbers! Here are the opening times, ticket prices, and everything else you need to know for booking your visit.

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How Much Does it Cost to Go in the Blue Lagoon?

There are a couple of different packages that you can choose from, with the cheapest option running around $90 USD. The Comfort package is the most affordable one for .... ISK and includes a towel, one face mask, and one drink. The premium package includes 2 drinks, the choice of 2 masks, a towel, and a bathrobe. If you purchase the comfort package and later want to add on another mask, a bathrobe, or something else, you can also do that beforehand.


We actually received an email before visiting, asking us if we would like to upgrade our package or do any add-ons, which made it very easy to have everything all set. If you do decide upon arrival that you'd like to add anything on, you can also do that too.

towels at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

All packages include a towel.

There are also plenty of other things that you can add on to your package such as a spa package, dining, or even a stay overnight! Don't worry- we'll cover all that in just a moment.


What are the Hours of the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik?

In the winter, the hours for the Blue Lagoon are rom 8 am to 9 pm, which is from January to May. The summer hours are from June to August, opening at 7 am, and closing at midnight. From August 2st to January the Blue Lagoon is open from 8 am to 10 pm, and New Years Eve and Christmas Eve they are open from 8 am to 8 pm. 


Guests must exit the water 30 minutes before the closing time, so that they can shower and gather their belongings before the establishment closes for the night.


It's also important to book a ticket in advance, as they can sell out. When booking you will need to choose a time slot, but you can actually stay as many hours as you would like.


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Amenities at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

Now that you know a bit about the hours and prices of visiting the Blue Lagoon, here are all of the amenities that you can expect across the premises.


Does the Blue Lagoon Offer Luggage Storage?

First thing's first- where do you put your things? Well, there are two different options. If you happen to be visiting on a layover, then you will want to store your luggage. Luckily, right in front of the Blue Lagoon main entrance is a luggage storage area that you can use. If you are just bringing a small bag such as a purse or backpack, you'll be able to store that in the locker room inside.

Luggage storage at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

There is luggage storage available in from of the Blue Lagoon.

Locker Rooms at the Blue Lagoon

As soon as you enter the Blue Lagoon, you will have to go through the locker room area. There are two large locker rooms for both men and women, that have showers, toilets, and lockers to put your belongings. You use your wristband to lock the lockers, and they are included with your tickets.


Do You Shower at the Blue Lagoon?

It is actually obligatory to shower before entering the Blue Lagoon, and you must take your bathing suit off, as well as wet your hair. The showers are very wide and the water pressure is strong, so make sure to keep your belongings away from the shower.


After you get out of the Lagoon, there is also shampoo, conditioner, and body wash that you can use. Towels are also included, and there are blow dryers for you to dry your hair before leaving.


Food & Drink at the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon has several different food and drink options on its premises. As far as drinks go, there are two different swim-up bars inside the lagoon, as well as one inside facing the lagoon.

Bar at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

As far as eating, there is a small cafe right before entering the pools, a larger one with more seating, and a few sit-down restaurants. The options for food in the cafes are simple pre-made sandwiches, wraps, and other similar items for a quick snack.

dining at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
dining at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
dining at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
dining at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

There are a couple of different options for snacks and drinks on site.


The Lava Restaurant

The Lava Restaurant is a gourmet dining experience, serving local and fresh dishes in a chic atmosphere. It is open from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm during the winter hours, and from 11 am during the summertime. They also offer a tasting menu after 5 pm, which is 12,900 ISK per person, and can have a vegan option upon request. 

Lava Restaurant, Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Lava Restaurant, Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Lava Restaurant, Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

Lava Restaurant is the upscale dining option at the Blue Lagoon.

Moss Restaurant

Another great dining experience at the Blue Lagoon is the Moss Restaurant. This is a Michelin-star establishment, that sits at the highest point of the property, overlooking the Blue Lagoon. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday starting at 6 pm, and you must reserve in advance. They offer set menu with fresh Icelandic dishes, and also offer a vegan option.


Spa Restaurant

The final dining option offered at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik is the Spa restaurant, which is a restaurant located in the spa area. They have a small but exquisite menu including sushi, steak, and king crab. From 8 to 11 they serve breakfast every day, and offer their full-day menu from 12-9 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 12-7:00 pm the rest of the week.

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Shopping at the Blue Lagoon

We were seriously impressed with the shops at the Blue Lagoon! They offer everything from high quality clothing to a full cosmetic line, souvenirs, and swimming gear. If you forget anything, whether it's a swimsuit, or hat, they've got you covered. 


And in true Iceland style, the shops are spacious, immaculate, and have the most friendly and helpful people to help you. While they may not be the cheapest, we definitely suggest checking out what they have to offer.

shop at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
shop at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
shop at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
shop at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

The Blue Lagoon has clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and more!


Staying at the Blue Lagoon

Did you know that you could also spend the night at the Blue Lagoon? There is actually a hotel right on site! While stays at the Silica Hotel are certainly not the cheapest, you can definitely expect to have a unique and special experience by booking a stay there.


Tickets for the Blue Lagoon and a night for two runs for 89,000 ISK, a night and dinner for two at Lava Restaurant is 114,800 ISK, a night for two with a spa package is 144,000, and the ultimate 2 night package (with a ton of things included) is 282,800 ISK.

Blue Lagoon Silica Hotel

How to Prepare for the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

Now that you know exactly what is offered on site, what exactly should you bring to the Blue Lagoon? Here are some things to keep in mind of what to bring, and what you can leave at your hotel.


What Should I Bring to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

The number one thing you'll want to bring with you to the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik is your swimsuit! If you have religious restrictions or feel more comfortable in clothing, you can wear clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, or a Burkina.


Unlike other thermal waters, you can in fact wear sunscreen, as well as sunglasses. While it doesn't get super hot in Iceland, the bright reflection can definitely get you burnt or be harmful for your eyes.

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Is it Safe to Wear Jewelry in the Blue Lagoon?

We definitely do not suggest wearing jewelry inside the Blue Lagoon. Make sure to keep any of your valuables inside the locker, rather than. risking ruining them or losing them.


Why Can't You Put Your Hair in the Blue Lagoon?

Did you know that you should not put your hair in the Blue Lagoon? Don't worry- it is allowed, but it is definitely not recommended. While the properties of the water are excellent for your skin, they are actually very damaging to your hair, especially if it is colored. We suggest tying your hair up, and trying to avoid getting any water on it at all.

Danni at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

Tie up your hair and make sure not to get it wet!


Photography at the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a special experience, so it's no surprise that you would want to capture it! Here is everything you need to know when it comes to taking photos and videos at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik.


Are you Allowed to Take Pictures at the Blue Lagoon?

You are allowed to take pictures all around the Blue Lagoon! We even brought our professional camera, as well as our tripod. We would not suggest bringing your camera inside the water, and to simply take your photos from outside. The only restrictions are taking photos in the locker rooms (for obvious reasons).

Blue Lagoon in reykjavik

We suggest taking your photos with your camera outside of the water.

Can You Take Your Phone in the Blue Lagoon?

You can also take your phone into the lagoon area, as well as inside the water. We would suggest avoid getting your phone wet though, so it's a good idea to take a waterproof phone pouch into the Blue Lagoon with you.

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face masks at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
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We brought our phones in, but made sure to use a waterproof pouch.

Can You Fly a Drone at the Blue Lagoon?

Drones are not allowed to be flown in or around the Blue Lagoon, so there is no need to pack it! However, as an alternative you can use the Insta 360 with the extra long selfie stick. We love this option because the Insta 360 camera is waterproof, and when put onto the selfie stick, you can create drone-like footage.


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Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik: What to Expect

When you arrive at the Blue Lagoon, you are greeted by a walkway surrounded by black volcanic rick leading up to the entrance of the building, and milky blue waters surrounding it. Once you enter, you will find the shops and restaurants on your right, and the line for tickets once you walk in, with the entrance to the baths on your left.

entrance to the Blue Lagoon
entrance to the Blue Lagoon
entrance to the Blue Lagoon

Checking in the the Blue Lagoon

First you will have to check in, and present your tickets. You will be able to add on to your package as well, or ask any questions that you may have. Once you are checked in, you will receive a bracelet. This is what you will use for your locker, or any purchases you may have while on the premises.


After receiving your bracelet you will then proceed to the locker room area, where you will change, shower, and store your belongings.


Experiencing the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

After walking out of the locker room you will be greeted by the stunning blue waters through the windows. You can either enter to the right of the snack bar, or you can walk down the stairs through the door right into the water.

Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

There are a ton of different areas to experience the Blue Lagoon.

The lagoon is enormous, and has bridges, bars, and plenty of seating right inside the water. Soak in the hot waters, have a drink, and grab a face mask!

Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik


Face Masks at the Blue Lagoon

There are four different types of face masks that are offered. If you got the Comfort package, then you will be getting the traditional mineral mask. If you got the Premium package, or added on additional masks to your package, you can choose from an algae, lava, or silica mud mask.

face masks at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
face masks at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
face masks at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
face masks at the blue lagoon

There are 4 different types of masks to choose from.


The Walking Path Around the Blue Lagoon

Right in front of the entrance of the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik is a free trail that circles the premises. Here you can do a mini loop around the area to see the stunning blue pools right outside the entrance! Keep in mind this is just a walking trail, and not for swimming.

Path around the Blue Lagoon
Path around the Blue Lagoon
Path around the Blue Lagoon

There is a free trail around the Blue Lagoon on the outside.


Other Things to Keep in Mind When Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

So you are almost set for a fun day at the Blue Lagoon! Here are a few last things to keep in mind:


Weather at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Iceland's weather is extremely temperamental, and can change quickly from cold and dreary, to bright and sunny. The secret is to give yourself flexibility, so that you can stay extra hours in case you need to wait out the weather. You should monitor the weather, but not worry too much if the forecast is rain, as sometimes it is just a drizzle and passes by quickly.


What Month is the Best for the Blue Lagoon?

Being that the water is always hot, really any month is a great time to visit the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik!


What Time of Day is Best to Do Blue Lagoon?

If you are looking to escape the crowds, and have a relaxing time, then we would suggest to visit as early as you possibly can, as it gets extremely busy by the middle of the day. If you like being surrounded by people, then the afternoon is ideal, and is a great vibe going into the evening.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Make sure to go super early if you want to avoid the crowds.

What to Pack for the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

We already shared some of our suggestions, but here is a full list of what you should bring with you:

  • Swimsuit (you can also rent one for 800 ISK or purchase one in the shop)
  • Flip Flops (for walking around inside- our favorites are Havaiana flip flops)
  • Plastic bag (for your wet bathing suit)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof phone pouch (we use the Cafago Waterproof Phone Pouch)
  • Brush (for after the shower)
  • Action Camera (we use the Insta 360 X3 because it's small & waterproof)
  • Extra Long Selfie Stick (specific to the Insta 360)


What to NOT Bring to the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

  • Jewelry 
  • Make up
  • Towel (they provide you with one)
  • Toiletries (they also provide shampoo, conditioner, and body wash)
  • Blow dryer (these are in the locker rooms)
  • Drone (they are not allowed)

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Is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth Visiting?

We honestly loved the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, and think it has a lot to offer. If you are on a layover, we do believe this is a great option, and is worth the money.


If you plan on visiting a ton of places in Iceland, and prefer places that are less crowded, and more budget-friendly, then we think there are a ton of other great thermal baths to visit throughout the country.


That being said, we are happy we went, but probably wouldn't splurge to go there a second time, unless we did a full package with the restaurants and hotel.


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