The Blue Lagoon


Imagine relaxing in a blend of seawater and geothermally heated water, rich in silica, minerals, and algae, all while surrounded by a lunar lava landscape. This experience is one of Iceland's most famous and a huge tourist draw. But although it attracts the masses, as soak in the Blue Lagoon is good for your skin and a real treat for the mind, body, and soul!

To make the experience even more unique, take a dip under the artificial waterfall. This exhilarating shower is a fabulous way to ease sore muscles. You can also use the iconic white silica mud for a detoxifying body and face mask while you relax.

The Blue Lagoon has the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant to thank for its development. In 1976, an employee named Valur Margeirsson asked if he could swim in the pool created by Svartsengi's operations. He had psoriasis and didn't want to swim in a public pool. Bathing in the soothing water healed his skin, and when other people living with psoriasis tried it, their psoriasis also improved greatly. The Blue Lagoon Clinic is now an internationally recognized psoriasis treatment facility!

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Traveler reviews

Overall Rating (2 reviews)
4.5 out of 5
Feature ratings
Quality of Experience
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Debbie I.
New Brighton, MN | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

The Blue Lagoon sits in the middle of a lava field, was quite a site. We were there for the morning and then headed to the airport. It was a perfect way to end our trip. read more

The Blue Lagoon sits in the middle of a lava field, was quite a site. We were there for the morning and then headed to the airport. It was a perfect way to end our trip.

Quality of Experience
Just fun.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Always pleasant.
We drove ourselves.

Itineraries with The Blue Lagoon

3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary

If you are short on time, or perhaps you are looking for an extended layover on your way from Europe to North America or vice versa, your options in Iceland are limited to closer to Reykjavik. Here is a 3-day itinerary that will still let you experience some of the spectacular beauty of Iceland.

Iceland South Coast Road Trip - 5 Days

In less than a week, this classic self-drive tour allows you to visit the best highlights along Iceland's south coast including waterfalls, black sand beaches, basalt columns, cliffs, canyons, glaciers, and icebergs at your own pace. Start and end the trip in Reykjavik for two nights in Europe's most northerly capital—a growing city known for buzzing restaurants and nightlife.

Iceland Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula - 11 Days

On this spectacular self-drive itinerary, you'll hit the four cardinal points of Iceland as you loop clockwise around the famous Ring Road. Stop to explore volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, and glaciers from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and beyond. Finish the adventure with a rewarding soak in the Blue Lagoon before you depart.

Iceland: Golden Circle, South Coast, & Westman Islands - 6 Days

Explore the Golden Circle on this well-balanced, self-drive itinerary featuring both popular stops and hidden gems. First, drive to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall, followed by a relaxing soak in the Secret Lagoon. Next, head to the South Coast to stunning waterfalls—Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss—and visits to Reynisfjara Beach, Vík, and the otherworldly Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Then, explore the glacial areas of Skaftafell, Svartifoss, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, followed by a day to discover the lesser-known Westman Islands. Return to Reykjavík for some sightseeing and tour the Reykjanes Peninsula—plus a stop for a final soak in the Blue Lagoon—before your departure flight home.

Northern Lights & Snowboarding on Iceland's South Coast : 6 Days

Looking for an eventful winter vacation? The South Coast of Iceland is chock-full of fun winter activities, from glacier hiking to snowboarding, snowmobiling and more. If you're lucky, you'll have the chance to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Northern Lights that often grace the crisp Arctic sky. Here's our recommended way to spend the winter on Iceland's South Coast.