Friday, 7 December 2018

7-Day South Iceland Itinerary | Day 6: The Blue Lagoon

After a week of traveling around Iceland and a night out in Reykjavik, you're going to need a day to rest. This is where Iceland’s world-famous geothermal day spa, the Blue Lagoon, comes into play. Let the lagoon’s healing, silica-infused waters wash over you as you soak up the healing elements. The misty turquoise blue water will slowly drain the tension away and leave you fully relaxed. Why not get a massage or other treatment during your time here? There's even a hotel on the premises. This is one of the most visited places in Iceland. Once you come, it’s easy to see why.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a great place to relax for a day

Day 1: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Sólheimasandur
Day 2: Vík, Reynisfjara, and Dyrhólaey
Day 3: Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach
Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park and its Glaciers
Day 5: Reykjavik City and Nightlife
Day 6: The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Day 7: The Golden Circle

How to Arrive 


The Blue Lagoon spa is located very close to Keflavik International Airport. It’s about 13 km (8 miles) away and takes around 20 minutes to drive. If you are coming from the city center of Reykjavik, it’s a 39 km (24 miles) drive that will take you around 40 minutes.

Getting Tickets


I highly recommend getting tickets in advance as this is a very popular tourist attraction. People queue up outside the Blue Lagoon, and the best way to bypass the line is to purchase your tickets online beforehand. The spa also encourages pre-booking, so if you find yourself traveling during high season, you may find it difficult to gain entry if you haven’t reserved a spot early enough. Here are some of the packages available.

Comfort package: 49€ ($56) - This includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, a silica mud mask, free use of a towel, and the first drink of your choice.

Premium package: 69€ ($79) - This includes everything in the Comfort package plus the second mask of your choice, a pair of slippers, the use of a bathrobe, a table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining.

Retreat spa package: 205€ ($233) - You get exclusive four-hour access to the Retreat Spa and Retreat Lagoon, private changing rooms, the Blue Lagoon Ritual of minerals, algae, and silica, and much more.

Woman with a silica face mask treatment at Iceland's Blue Lagoon

You can also opt for various in-water treatments, massages, and other rejuvenating options.

About the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa 


One of the main reasons people come here (other than to keep out Iceland’s chill) is for the healing properties of the waters. They are filled with silica, sulfur, and other beneficial minerals. Bathers suffering from everything from arthritis to psoriasis soak here in the hope of improving their ailments. Although the lagoon itself is man-made, the waters are heated by geothermal volcanic activity. If you're wondering how long to stay, most visitors average three to four hours.

Bathing Etiquette at the Blue Lagoon 


Something very important to mention is bathing etiquette at the Blue Lagoon. In addition to common sense things like no running or being quiet and respectful of other patrons, there are some other things to keep in mind. The water at the Blue Lagoon isn’t treated with chlorine, so anyone wanting to get in will need to shower naked beforehand. It's important to clean the sweat, oils, and grime off of your body. Iceland has a bathing culture, and this is standard bathing etiquette. Don’t worry too much about the water being dirty, though. The water is constantly being piped in and out. You’ll have a newly refreshed batch of clean water every two days or so.

Remember that showering naked is part of Iceland's bathing etiquette at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa

7-Day South Iceland Itinerary | Day 6: The Blue Lagoon


You’ve had a nice refreshing day at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Now it’s time to head back to Reykjavik and rest up. Tomorrow is the last day on our 7-day South Iceland itinerary. We'll be exploring the Golden Circle and seeing some of Iceland's best sights. See you tomorrow!

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