Soaking Away in the Blue Lagoon

Prior to visiting, there was one image of Iceland that stood at the forefront of my mind—the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon. Quite frankly, when we initially started discussing a trip to Iceland, it was all I knew of the country. It’s probably one of the most circulated images of Iceland and for good reason, it’s stunning. The Blue Lagoon is a short drive from Reykjavik (about 45 minutes) and even closer to the airport. A lot of visitors take a dip as a pit-stop to and from the Keflavik airport. While that’s a great option, we wanted a full day (I’m talking 8 hours) to soak in the mysterious alabaster waters.

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Even though it was a short drive from our apartment in Reykjavik, we decided to get out of the city for a night and stayed at the Blue Lagoon Hotel and Clinic. The Clinic is one of two hotels in close proximity to the Blue Lagoon. We chose to stay there because unlike the other hotel in the area, it has a private lagoon. During the day it’s reserved for patients but at night it’s open to guests (which meant more time for soaking!).  We are usually go-go-go on all of our trips, so the idea of sitting in a lovely warm bath all day was welcomed.  On this particular trip, it was also needed. The night before our journey to the Blue Lagoon Bryan spent the night hooked-up to a breathing machine in the Landspítali emergency room. A run-in with some foreign fish resulted in a severe allergic reaction and a night of penicillin shots in the bum. As one might guess, he was ready to take it easy.

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As we approached the Blue Lagoon, it looked as if we were entering some kind of Sci-Fi movie set. Lava fields surrounded us for miles and steam puffed into the sky as the hum of water heaters whispered in the breeze. There were two things I was slightly curious about upon entering the lagoon; the cleanliness of the water given the number of people that visit every day and showering next to strangers in my birthday suit. The water is in fact very clean. It’s renewed every two days through the Svartsengi geothermal power plant and everyone is required to shower before taking a dip. As for scrub-a-dub-dubbing next to strangers, for those who are more on the conservative side, there are private shower stalls.

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The water in the Blue Lagoon is nice and warm, around 98 degrees Fahrenheit and even toastier is certain areas. The contrast of the warm water and the cool air is exhilarating. Scattered around the lagoon are wooden boxes full of silica mud that you can lather on your face and body. There’s also a nice little swim-up bar that serves beer, champagne, juices and smoothies. We literally spent the entire day rotating ourselves from the lagoon to the sauna to beaching ourselves under a warm waterfall. It was delightful. When our skin could wrinkle no more, we retired to our hotel rooms. The Blue Lagoon Hotel and Clinic is very modern and clean. It does have more of a clinic feel to it—there isn’t a restaurant or bar or anything like that. It is however, very relaxing.

Please excuse the passed out husband.
Please excuse the passed out husband.

Outside our hotel room window a sea of lava rock separated us from the rest of the world. It was like we were staying in a biodome on Mars and at any moment a little alien creature would pop-up from between the rocks. Secretly, I suppose I was hoping to see an elf rather than an alien. Surely some have taken advantage of all that lava rock real estate?

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We had dinner at the LAVA Restaurant back at the Blue Lagoon—a very sheik yet relaxed place. Some people were dressed in after 5 attire, while others touted their lagoon bathrobes. The food was a bit pricey but overall very nice. The evening was spent in a relaxing state of comatose, gliding around the Clinic lagoon, once again covering ourselves in silica, while gazing up at thousands upon thousands of stars that filled the clear Iceland night sky.

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Skal,

Jessica

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LAVA Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon

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16 thoughts on “Soaking Away in the Blue Lagoon

    1. Thank you! I’m not sure how we did it. Ha! It just felt so nice we didn’t want to get out. 😉 I’d like to check out some of the other geothermal pools the next we’re there. Where is the one you mentioned at?

  1. I love that place…have been a few times (along with a variety of natural hot-pots in the Icelandic countryside), and I usually opt for the half-day experience after horseback riding (smooth as Icelandic horses’ gaits are, it’s still lovely to get out any post-ride kinks in a long, long afternoon of soaking).

    I really want to go back again since my last experience is still an odd one to dwell on: I spent most of 9/11 soaking in the Blue Lagoon, so I had no idea anything had happened until I got back to my guesthouse and turned on the news before heading out to what was meant to be my last dinner before flying home. Things got even stranger after that, and it took me quite a while to get back to the US – I ended up unexpectedly in Canada for some days…

    1. That is so crazy! I’m sure that was a very surreal experience. I can’t even imagine. Yes, we definitely want to check out more if the natural hot spots the next time we are there. A horse back ride/lagoon combo sounds excellent! Love your site by the way; what a great beer resource!

  2. I love that place…have been a few times (along with a variety of natural hot-pots in the Icelandic countryside, most near Mt. Hekla), and I usually opt for the half-day experience after horseback riding (smooth as Icelandic horses’ gaits are, it’s still lovely to get out any post-ride kinks in a long, long afternoon of soaking).

    I really want to go back again since my last experience is still an odd one to dwell on: I spent most of 9/11 soaking in the Blue Lagoon, so I had no idea anything had happened until I got back to my guesthouse and turned on the news before heading out to what was meant to be my last dinner before flying home. Things got even stranger after that, and it took me quite a while to get back to the US – I ended up unexpectedly in Canada for some days…

  3. I am impressed you managed a whole day in the blue lagoon – I think we didn’t even last a full 2 hours. I don’t enjoy the wrinkly feeling and the water wasn’t hot enough me personally. However it was totally amazing – we stayed in the hotel too, I loved the view outside and I was surprised ad how reasonable the rates were! I enjoyed the more private pool at the hotel but it was soo slimy!

    1. I think we were able to stay in so long b/c we were soooo tired! Ha! I was surprised the room was so affordable, too. It was so relaxing. You know, the water at the Clinic spa definitely did have a different feel. I think the bottom is completely lined with silica. There was a lot more at the bottom than at the lagoon pool. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Thank you! You’re going to LOVE it! I actually liked the public lagoon best. However, it was so awesome to be in the hotel lagoon at night. We had the hotel lagoon to ourself at night with like 4 other people so that was awesome. I definitely recommend staying the night! 🙂

      1. It really was. Plus to just sit there and look up at the Iceland night sky. So many stars–very surreal! I would recommend snagging a bottle of wine or some munches since the hotel/clinic doesn’t have any of that. 😉

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