The Blue Lagoon is a unique wonder of Iceland, a result of all that volcanic activity the small island is so famous for. In the middle of the weird and wonderful, flat black lava fields of the Svartsengi National Park, the huge, outdoor lagoon is filled by naturally heated geothermal water which comes from 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) below the surface of the earth. It is full of minerals, silica and algae and is especially good for the skin and relaxation. In fact, part of the Blue Lagoon development is a health clinic specializing in cures for psoriasis. The water is almost startlingly blue in color, and the white of the silica on the black lava rocks around the edges makes an amazing contrast.
As well as soaking and swimming in the pool, the Blue Lagoon offers in-water massage treatments, saunas and steam rooms, and a cafe. On any visit to Iceland a few hours soaking in The Blue Lagoon is essential, and its location between Reykjavik and the airport makes it easy to do.
Love Blue Lagoon! Should go and spend more time there!
Excellent trip for all. We had a mixed party and enjoyed by all. It is a wierd experience in the cold but within a hot lagoon, face pack on, drinking a beer or eating an icecream whilst in the lagoon. For the ladies bring lots of money for pampering goods in the shop. We did however find that The Blue Lagoon products were cheaper at the airport than the shop. This trip is a must!!!!!
Review by MR J MCAULEY M, February 2013
Doing what: Viking Horse-Riding Tour and Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik
A fantastic day out. With no horse riding experience I wasn't sure how this trip would go but it turned out to be the best day I had in Iceland. Collected at hotel and taken to the farm which is family-run and very friendly. Kitted out in overalls, gloves and hat and intruduced to a lovely, gentle Icelandic horse. Rudiments of riding explained but these horses really work on autopilot. A lovely ride through gorgeous scenery followed by coffee and a ride back into Reykjavik.
After the great morning on horseback it's great to carry on to the Blue Lagoon where you can hire towel, robe and then relax in the warm springs before choosing what time you wish to get the bus back to Reykjavik.
If you only do one tour in Iceland on a tight schedule, this is the one!!
The Blue Lagoon is just off the one main road which links the city of Reykjavik and the airport. From the main bus terminal, regular buses go to the lagoon and back daily. The airport bus makes regular stops at the lagoon making the lagoon the perfect first or last stop on your itinerary. From the city to the lagoon takes about 40 minutes, from the lagoon to the airport takes about 20.