Directions to Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon (BláaLónið) is located in Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland. This geothermal lagoon, which is really an artificial lake, is located in an old lava field overgrown with moss. The water has a temperature from 37 to 39 degrees Celsius.
Photo by: Moyan Brenn
The lagoon was formed in 1976 when cooling water from the Svartsengi geothermal power plant (“Black Meadow”) was discharged into the moss field. From the early ’80s people began to swim in it, and the Blue Lagoon was commercialized in the ’90s.
The water is rich in minerals, salts and blue-green algae, giving it a light blue colour. It’s said to have a healing effect on the skin. Alongside the pool are wooden boxes with white mud, which you can rub on your face and the rest of your body. After ten minutes of drying the effect is amazing.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, with more than 600,000 people visiting every year. At the entrance you will receive a wristband with a chip that can be used to open and close your locker or to buy a drink at the bar. Swimwear and towels can be rented, and there are armbands available for toddlers. As with any pool in Iceland, it is mandatory to shower naked before and after bathing.
We recommend that you do not wear any jewelry when bathing and while washing your hair afterwards.
It's approximately 20 km (about 20 minutes) away from the airport. Take Route41 towards Reykjavík. Turn right after 11 km towards Grindavík / BláaLónið (Highway 43) and after about 8 km take the Blue Lagoon (BláaLónið) exit.
- Open daily from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (closes earlier during winter season)
- Paid entrance. Reservation mandatory.
- GPS: 63.880047, -22.449305