The Blue Lagoon – is it really worth it?
No-one can deny that the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is really beautiful, and it is often the very first attraction that many tourists visit on landing at Keflavik international airport in Iceland.
But is it really worth it?
Many people don’t really know the full history about the Blue Lagoon, so read more about it below:
Here are some answers to some common questions about the Blue Lagoon:
1. Q.Should I book the Blue Lagoon?
A: The Blue Lagoon is very commercial – it is important to book in advance. Sometimes if you contact them, they might have a cancellation.
2. Q: Is the Blue Lagoon natural?
A: The Blue Lagoon is not natural. It is water from the hydrothermal plant Svartsengi next door. The hydrothermal plant was completed in 1976. One advantage of the water being used in the hydrothermal plant however is they claim it is completely renewed every 48 hours.
3. Q: How long does it take to get to the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik airport?
A: When weather conditions are good, it will take approximately 15-20 minutes to get there. in winter it can easily be double or longer.
4. Q: What time should I book my slot at the Blue Lagoon?
A: I would work on the following rough guide. Times vary depending if you get a self drive car hire yourself, or you go with a guided Blue Lagoon bus tour. If driving yourself, I would suggest using the following as a guide: 30 minutes to get through customs, 30-45 minutes to get hire car sorted, 20 minutes to drive to Blue Lagoon. To be safe, I would suggest booking your slot about 120 minutes (2 hours) after landing. You can see a list of cheap car hire places we recommend here.
If travelling by bus, I would recommend Reykjavik Excursions but remember that often these do not include entry costs for Blue Lagoon either, so double check first what you are paying for. I would recommend discussing with them what times they depart and when you should book your slot.
5. Q: Can I take a taxi to the Blue Lagoon.
A: While not unheard of, it would be extremely expensive and not advised on costs alone.
6.Q: I have heard you need to shower before entering the Blue Lagoon – naked! Is this true?
A: Yes, this is to ensure that the pure, clean water is not spoiled by anything you might have on your body. And don’t worry, everyone is too busy to be looking at your body. If you are still worried, there are some private shower stalls you can pre-book, but it is not a major issue in Iceland.
7. Q: Who was the first person to swim at the Blue Lagoon and why?
A: Valur Margeirsson suffered from Psoriasis and he wanted to try anything to help relieve the skin condition.
Desperate to try anything, he obtained permission from the geothermal plant to swim in the water and he realised that the water and the algae in the water did wonders for his skin. He was the first one to name the water ‘The Blue Lagoon’ or ‘Bláa Lónið’ in Icelandic, and the name stuck.
The first public bathing facilities opened in 1987, six years after people first started bathing in it, and was at first aimed for people with skin problems. The first bathing facilities were very robust, consisting of only a few showers and a little white sand beach, and was located right next to the geothermal plant. This is now referred to as the ‘old Blue Lagoon’ as the whole area became more commercialised in 1999.
8. Q: Which is better? Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon?
A: This is always more to do with personal taste. If you like big commercial spas, then the Blue Lagoon might suit you. If you prefer smaller, more intimate settings, then the Secret Lagoon might be better for you.