The Ultimate Natural Hot Tub – The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Iceland Landscape on the way to the Blue Lagoon


We intentionally planned a long layover in Iceland to be able to go to The Blue Lagoon. We used Reykjavik Excursions for our trip from the Keflavík Airport to The Blue Lagoon.

This was so easy for a few reasons. The first is that it is a 20-minute bus ride to the lagoon from Keflavik. You may not get a tour, but you see a little more of Iceland than you do from the airport windows! Second, The Blue Lagoon has a baggage check as soon as you get off the bus and it even has bathrooms! If you have to take your BIG luggage with you, there are no worries. It’s just 550 ISK per bag, super convenient, and had great attendants. The only concern might be a long queue.

You HAVE to shower before you go into the lagoon. They require that you shower sans-swimsuit. It’s not the easiest situation, I’ll admit, but everyone seems to figure it out. There are open showers and ones with doors. You will see nakedness, so just be prepared. It’s not a huge deal in Europe as much as it is in the U.S. But, once you are in the lagoon, everyone has their suits on!


The Blue Lagoon


The lagoon is HUGE! You can definitely find your own place even if it’s crowded. We went as soon as they opened and it was wonderful. If you need to test the water, there’s a small tempering pool indoors. It was chilly and windy when we went, so going out in a bikini (even with a towel) was super cold and I couldn’t wait to get in the water. It was warm and wonderful. There’s a waterfall, a cave, hot spots (really hot!), very shallow up to about 4ish feet deep.

Want a drink? There’s a bar in the water. Just use your entrance bracelet to put it on your tab. Then get some silica mud to put on your face. It’s free and on the sides of the lagoon. The floor is volcanic sand, so it’s black, but the water is a beautiful blue.

Just float around for a while. Relax and rejuvenate. I was beyond exhausted from not sleeping on the plane, but this brought me out of the grumpy and grogginess. When you are ready, grab something to drink at the in-pool bar or the just-inside bar (where you don’t have to change into real clothes). Hungry? There’s a quick food stand with pre-made sandwiches, snacks, drinks. And there’s a real restaurant. These things are pricey, so just be aware of that. I was really unhappy with the salad I got at the quick food place but the restaurant wasn’t open yet.

Tour Guides


After lunch, we got our tour by these two! Thoren (sp?) and Alexander. We had a great time because it ended up being a private tour. For all the fun science-y details, check out the wikipedia page. Just hanging out with these two was fun, but we definitely learned a lot! One thing we will tell you is that The Blue Lagoon was really an accident, but ended up being a great one. So, yes, it is man-made. It is a natural spring, but the area was built and dug out. But you really won’t care once you are in that warm, blue, healing water!

This was the best layover idea ever! We would definitely go back if we had the opportunity. Do you have any questions about The Blue Lagoon? We’re happy to answer.

Jessica Cutrufello wearing a green floral dress, glasses and pink lipstick

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