The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in Iceland that has been named one of the top 10 spas in the world and one of the top 25 wonders of the world. It’s magical milky blue waters are surrounded by black lava fields, green moss and are perfect for bathing, sitting at 39°C year-round. Located only 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport, visiting this incredible lagoon is a once in a lifetime experience and worth every cent! We visited Iceland’s Blue Lagoon in winter and loved our winter travels in this beautiful, rugged country.
Arriving to the Blue Lagoon
On arrivial to the Blue Lagoon, we walked though lava fields to the main reception building where we checked in with reception, got our electric wristbands and collected our towel which was included in the comfort package.
We then went into the changing rooms where we got changed, put our clothes in lockers (which are locked using the electric wristbands). We then showered, left our towels in the change rooms and very excitedly entered the lagoon!
Visiting in Winter
We booked for the 8am session which meant we arrived in the dark and floated around in the lagoon for around 2 hours before the sun rose! We booked the 8am session as it was the only available morning slot for the morning we wanted to visit and I am so glad we did because it was magical being the first people in the waters for the day! It is definitely worth visiting Iceland’s Blue Lagoon in winter, especially with the smaller crowds.
We enjoyed sunrise with a drink in hand and spent about four hours soaking in the waters. It was pure heaven with steam pouring off the water, clear skies and the water in the lagoon a toasty 39°C. Despite the short days, winter in Iceland is magical and we would definitely recommend booking the early time slot, so you have the lagoon to yourself! By the time we left, the lagoon was really busy and the line was out the door with people arriving.
The Blue Lagoon has a bar in the lagoon which serves smoothies, juices, beer, wine and soft drinks. You get one drink included with your entry and the rest you can charge back to your wristband and pay on the exit. It was pretty cool to be soaking in the lagoon with a drink in hand!
There are also a number of taps located around the lagoon which have freezing cold, but very fresh drinking water so there is no need to bring a water bottle into the lagoon with you.
Included in your entrance fee is a face mask from the in-water mask bar!
The mask is made up of silica and algae, two natural elements that are known for creating healthy, revitalised skin! The silica enhances the skin’s barrier function, bringing strength, protection, and radiance, while the algae increases collagen production, nourishing the skin from within and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
Our skin felt so incredible after our masks!
It’s also worth noting that the water in the lagoon dries your hair out really badly so make sure to either not put your hair in the water or coat your hair in conditioner before entering the lagoon! My hair did get wet and felt like straw for a few days but went back to normal fairly quickly and there was definitely no long term damage.
Sauna & Steam Rooms
There is a large Finnish sauna and a steam room which are included in your entry, located only a couple of steps from the lagoon. While the sauna had a beautiful view of the lagoon, we preferred the steam room as it was quieter.
We found people quite inconsiderate with both rooms, they would stand there chatting with the door open while they decided to come in or not, and many would leave and leave the door wide open, allowing all the heat to escape very quickly! From our experience, this is terrible sauna/steam room etiquette and quite frustrating for those using the rooms.
So please be a considerate sauna/steam room user when you visit the Blue Lagoon (and any other sauna/steam room)!
Floating in the Blue Lagoon is like no other. It’s one of the most magical places we’ve ever experienced, and great for the skin too!
We didn’t take our GoPro on this trip so we bought a waterproof case for my iPhone which worked pretty well! The photos aren’t perfect but I was glad we could take some in the water to help remember this amazing experience.
Booking, Costs & Final Thoughts
We paid 9990 ISK each for the comfort package which was approximately $120 Australian dollars per person. The prices fluctuate depending on availability and if you book last minute, the price is also higher. The comfort package starts from 6990 ISK and as we booked about six weeks before our visit to the Blue Lagoon our package was 9990 ISK each.
It is definitely worth booking as far in advance as possible, so that you can secure the timeslot of your preference and get a cheaper price! At certain times of the year you need to book months in advance, and while we booked six weeks out, there was only a few time lots available for our chosen day at 8am and after 4pm (2 January).
Visiting Iceland’s Blue Lagoon in winter is definitely worth every cent, we loved every moment and would do it again tomorrow if we had the chance! It was such a magical way to start our time in Iceland.
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