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How to have a bath in a volcano – The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa Iceland

As an Aussie girl, the freezing wastes of the north Atlantic are a world away from home… The land of fire and ice is about as far from normality for me as is possible. Fortunately there is a pleasant compromise in the middle of these two extremes…

The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. If you ever get to visit Iceland these thermal springs are the top-of-the-list attraction for all travellers, especially if you need warming up (which you probably will).

blue lagoon geothermal spa

The Blue Lagoon is located in a lava field about 20 mins from Reykjavik and there are several buses that depart daily,  the best I found was 2500 ISK ($19 AUD) for a return trip.  

Pick up at hotels in Reykjavik
upon request only
Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik Blue Lagoon to Keflavik Airport
09:00 12:30 14:00
10:30 14:00*
12:30 16:00
14:45 18:00
16:45 20:30 21:00 – (15.june – 15.sept.)
The standard entrance fee upon arrival is about 40 Euros ($47 AUD). There are other packages that you can indulge in that do include lunch, bathrobes, slippers etc. but this can put you back about 160 Euro ($188 AUD) and these prices can vary depending on season. Going for the standard package, which gives you use of a towel, I headed into the changing area……
Now be warned non-European ladies, you are expected to shower before entrance to the Blue Lagoon, shower NAKED! Now, I realise that this is not a new concept, however, being brought up in Australia, showering-au-naturel is not normally a public event (by public I mean in front of all the other ladies in the dressing room…..I don’t mean public public!!!) This was rather confronting for poor lil Aussie me and I found myself blowing off these rules and showering in my swimmers and then heading out…..its not like there is security there enforcing it!

Megsy Photobombing in a cave at blue lagoon

 Walking out from the warm dressing room into the crisp Icelandic air is a shock to the senses, but it is nice to stand and admire the Blue Lagoon expanding in front of you before you run in to the warm water.

The water’s temperature is 37-39°C / 98-102°F and the lagoon holds six million litres of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. There was quite a few other people there but it is large enough to accommodate the multitudes without feeling over run. There is also a bar area sectioned off so you can have a beverage while still enjoying the warmth of the lagoon (drinks are additional).


 While swimming around it is interesting how it is not a consistent temperature, you’ll find cool bits to very very warm bits all within a short distance. I realise in a regular pool “warm bits” are usually of “questionable origin”… but I”m sure that’s how its meant to be here ;-) The really fun part is the Silica Mud which you can rub all over your body, this is a geothermal mud that exfoliates and cleanses your skin.
One tip though, the Blue Lagoon is amazing for your skin…….but your hair will feel like brittle straw afterwards. It will feel revolting and a few hair washes and a treatment wouldn’t hurt after your visit!


I LOVED my visit to the Blue Lagoon….although a little pricey I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and if you are travelling all the way to Iceland you’d be crazy to skip it. This was my first visit to natural hot springs and I really can’t wait for my next!!!


Wanting to take a trip to the Blue Lagoon yourself? Here are a few hotels near the Blue Lagoon you might want to consider: Click Here
Otherwise we recommend the tours with our friends at Intrepid Travel.


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