Getting Steamy at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Jessica Peterson

BLUE LAGOON, ICELAND

Pretty much the most touristy thing you can do in Iceland, Blue Lagoon is still a must-experience stop. The lagoon is tucked into a part of town that looks positively post-Apocalyptic with piles of black volcanic rubble. The drive out there is a bit spooky, but you didn’t come to Iceland to see anything banal, did you?

The lagoon is bit pricey at over $50 per person, but you can stay all day to soak up the geothermal waters and slather on white clay that makes you look like you belong to an African tribe. As you steam in the baby blue pools, you’ll feel like a red-faced snow monkey. A swim-up bar gives the place more of a pub vibe than a spa feel, but you can also get a massage right there in the lagoon. The white table-clothed restaurant is pricey with beautifully composed, but a bland Icelandic delicacies. Service was friendly but incredibly slow.

The lagoon has showers, changing rooms, a cafe, restaurant, and even a hotel with renovations in progress. The mechanical thud of construction echoing in the near distance only made the scene more weird. We couldn’t help feeling like we were in Logan’s Run, being ceremoniously prepared for Carousel.

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Jessica Peterson is a seasoned journalist with an indie music obsession. She's been traveling the world since 19 and made Asia, Oceania, and Micronesia her focus since she sold everything and moved to Guam in 2009. Through vivid stories and photographs, Jessica introduces lesser-known destinations while sharing travel tips to save time and money.
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  • http://ikonikbeauty.blogspot.com Leonie

    Looks amazing. Would really love to go here one day

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • Adelaide

    Even though it’s a tad overpriced and is ridiculously touristy… it’s a definite must!
    I went there in the middle of winter and saw the sun rise over the mountains at 11am.
    It was so glorious but the run from inside to the lagoon in your bikini is rather difficult!
    http://aworldlyaddiction.com/

    • http://globalgirltravels.com Global Girl Travels

      Hi Adelaide. What an experience to be there middle of winter! Isn’t Iceland magical?

  • http://peterling.me Peter Ling

    What’s the best time of year to visit?

    • http://globalgirltravels.com Global Girl Travels

      We went in May and it was cold, icy, windy and gorgeous! Didn’t see the Northern Lights though. I like to travel in shoulder seasons to avoid throngs of tourists, but I’d definitely check out Iceland in the winter months to see the Northern Lights. Just note that some roads and sights are closed in winter.

      • http://peterling.me Peter Ling

        Looks like I’ll have to take a look then! 😉