ICELAND’S BLUE LAGOON is an 8700-square meter man-made geothermal lagoon tucked into a natural volcanic landscape. It’s blue because the silica in the water reflects sunlight, but if you were to put the water in a glass it’d be a milky white. Many believe the mud and algae contain anti-aging properties and can calm psoriasis if smoothed on the skin.
How to get there
The Blue Lagoon is a 20-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and 50 minutes from Reykjavik. If you’re renting a car, the drive is easy and the road is in good condition. For those without a car, you can easily book a bus, tour or private car—which leave on the hour.
What to consider
The Lagoon is privately owned and is open from 8am to 9pm
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon is by pre-booked ticket only, the price ranges from ~$60-$100 USD
If you’re coming straight from the airport, they offer secure luggage storage.
Remember to stay hydrated (with water) before, during and after your visit.
The minerals in the water can tarnish certain jewelry, so leave it in your locker.
Careful with your hair — the minerals in the lagoon will dry them out. Either condition your hair before entry or wear a swim cap (or both).
Eating options range from fine dining at LAVA restaurant to casual bites at the Blue Cafe.