calm water of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spring under a blue sky

Planning a Day Trip to the Iceland Blue Lagoon from Reykjavík

Nestled amidst the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon is a world-renowned geothermal spa that beckons travellers with its azure waters and rejuvenating properties.

One of the most popular ways to visit the Blue Lagoon is on a day trip from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. Keep reading for all the information you need to plan the perfect day at the Blue Lagoon, from how to get there and guided tours, as well as what to expect when you arrive.

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What to Expect at the Blue Lagoon

First of all, what to expect at the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon’s mineral-rich waters are renowned for their healing and revitalising benefits, offering visitors a unique opportunity to unwind and recharge amidst Iceland’s captivating landscapes. The spa’s silica mud masks and algae skincare treatments further enhance the restorative experience, providing a luxurious and therapeutic retreat for guests.

Admission options

There are three admission options: Comfort, Premium, and the Luxury: Retreat Spa option. Comfort, the cheapest option, offers lagoon access, a drink, a mud mask and use of a towel. Premium, the most popular option, is only slightly more expensive (we’ll provide prices later in the article). It includes everything in Comfort, plus lava and mineral masks, an extra drink and use of a bathrobe.

As well as unlimited access to the lagoon, Comfort and Premium admission includes access to a sauna, a steam room and steam cave, a mask bar and an in-water bar to collect your drink (or two, if you’ve gone for Premium admission). Extras such as in-water massages and float therapy are also available.

The Luxury: Retreat Spa admission option is much more expensive, but offers a much more luxurious experience. Amenities include in-water massages, private changing facilities, and exclusive dining options.

The main difference between paying for Comfort/Premium and the Luxury option is that you can access the Retreat Lagoon and partake in the famous Blue Lagoon Ritual. The ritual involves access to three chambers where you cover yourself in silica, algae and minerals.

The silica cleanses and strengthens your skin, the algae nourishes and moisturises it and the minerals exfoliate and simulate circulation. The combination of the three serves to have a powerful effect on both the body and mind.

As well as accessing the Retreat Lagoon and partaking in the ritual, you can explore the resort’s subterranean spaces. These include a labyrinth of eight relaxing rooms featuring steam baths, saunas, and relaxation areas, with each space offering a unique sensory experience.

Dining options

There are four dining options at the Blue Lagoon: the Spa Restaurant, the Lava Restaurant, the Moss Restaurant and the Blue Cafe. The Blue Cafe and the Spa Restaurant are more casual, where you can relax and dine in a robe. Comparatively, the Lava Restaurant and the Moss Restaurant offer fine dining (the Moss Restaurant with prices to match).

Options include light refreshments, seasonal menus, local delicacies, and Michelin star gourmet dishes. You can also enjoy a range of wines, as well as caviar and sushi.

What to Bring

You’ll be given use of a towel when you arrive at the Blue Lagoon, but you’ll need to bring your own swimming costume. It’s also a good idea to bring some flip flops to walk around in, especially for when you enter the restaurants. You won’t need to bring any skin treatments as at least one face mask will be provided depending on which admission option you choose.

Bringing your own food to the Blue Lagoon isn’t permitted, so unless you plan to go hungry, you’ll need to enter the dining rooms at some point! Make sure you either have some local currency or your bank card to pay for food. You should also bring a camera if you want to take photos.

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most, if not the most popular attraction in Iceland, and is generally fully booked throughout the year. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential that you book in advance. You can do this on the website, or through a platform like Tiqets, where you can also book other Icelandic attractions.

people in the Blue Lagoon geothermal springs during daytime with steam coming off the water
Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Guided Tours and Transport Options

There are numerous options for Blue Lagoon day trips from Reykjavík on platforms like Get Your Guide- follow this link to see the full range. Some day trips include the Golden Circle and Northern Lights, or tours of the rest of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Just make sure when booking that your chosen option includes the cost of Blue Lagoon admission, and not just transport from Reykjavík.

As well as taking a guided tour, it’s possible to reach the Blue Lagoon independently. It takes approximately 50 minutes to get from Reykjavíc to the Blue Lagoon. The aforementioned Get Your Guide offers options for booking private transfers, or you can take public transport from Reykjavíc.

There are no taxi app services like Uber or Lyft in Iceland, so you’ll have to get a local taxi. Make sure you get a licenced taxi and remember: if you require emergency assistance in Iceland, dial 112 to contact emergency services.

The 55 bus runs daily between Reykjavík and Keflavik Airport, which is about 15 minutes from the Blue Lagoon. You can take the bus and get off at Grindavíkurafleggjari bus stop, but it’s a long hike to the lagoon if you can’t get a taxi. Alternatively, you could stay on the bus until the end of the route and get a taxi from the airport, which may still end up being cheaper than a taxi from Reykjavík.

If you prefer to drive, take highways 41 and 43 from Reykjavíc and follow the Blue Lagoon signs. You can use platforms like Discover Cars and Qeeq for car rentals.

What to Budget for a Trip to the Blue Lagoon

Visiting the Blue Lagoon can be expensive, so it’s important to know what to expect and how much to budget. Comfort admission to the lagoon generally costs between £75 and £85/$95 and $110 depending on the time of day. It’s worth noting that children under 13 get free admission. Premium admission costs between £90 and £100/$115 and $130.

Whether you’ve chosen Comfort or Premium admission, you can pay for extras such as in-water massages and float therapy. Each option will cost upwards of £110/$140.

If you’d like to access spa facilities such as the subterranean spaces, the Retreat Lagoon, and experience the Blue Lagoon Ritual, the Luxury: Retreat Spa option costs between £500 and £570/$640 and $730.

You should also budget for a meal at the Blue Lagoon. Expect to pay around £85/$110 for a drink, starter, main and dessert at the Lava Restaurant or Spa Restaurant. Meanwhile, a seven course set menu will set you back around £200/$250 at the Moss Restaurant (a vegan set menu is also available). The Blue Cafe is cheaper, but offers snacks and refreshments rather than full course meals.

Iceland uses the Icelandic Króna, so make sure you have some local currency if you want to pay with cash. Facilities at the Blue Lagoon accept card payments, but make sure your bank doesn’t charge hefty exchange or withdrawal rates.

Whether seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, or if you’re simply curious about the iconic geological landmark, a day trip to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavík promises an unforgettable experience.

And for a lucky few, there’s also the opportunity to extend your stay at the Blue Lagoon by staying at the resort- but get saving, because rooms come with a hefty price tag!

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