Login | Register | Subscribe to the GG RSS Feed

Blue Lagoon Spa Iceland

An economical and luxurious spa adventure

Blue Lagoon Spa IcelandBlue Lagoon Spa IcelandFor a country built on red volcanic rock, Iceland's most lucrative material seems instead to be white silica. Yes, here in North America it's used to dry flowers but in Iceland, it's an exfoliating mud-one that draws relaxation-seekers from all over the world to the nation's premier luxury spa, the Blue Lagoon.

When I travelled to Iceland as a student on a budget in April 2008, I was surprised to find that the notoriously expensive country actually offers reasonable rates for utterly unique experiences. While we trekked across the Mars-like countryside exploring craters, geysers and waterfalls for an all-in-one price, we also were able to enjoy the health benefits of the Blue Lagoon.

Icelandic BeautyIcelandic BeautyLocated a few miles west of the capital city of Reykjavik (easy to access by coach with Reykjavik Excursions), the Blue Lagoon offers a full menu of experiences to its visitors. For those looking for pampering, the spa sells relaxation packages in addition to its indoor and outdoor health bar and exclusive lounge area.

Geothermal poolsGeothermal poolsWe chose to indulge in the Lagoon's cheaper alternative: the unlimited day visit (about 28 euros) to its impressive outdoor hot springs. Carved out of Icelandic rock and bubbling with warm, electric-blue geothermal seawater, the spa's most famous asset draws thousands of visitors a year. The pool's wonderful free silica is available in containers along its edge as well as under your feet. It's a DIY spa treatment that leaves your skin feeling as soft as, well, silica mud!

More than that, however, the unique experience of being outside in crisp, clean Icelandic air well into the evening, with the night sun keeping us company, was a glorious feeling. We enjoyed the springs so much that we ended up staying for 10 hours, finally catching the last coach back to the city for a health-conscious dinner.

Stunning vistasStunning vistasAs a contrast to Iceland's more adventuresome tourist activities (within an industry still recovering from a catastrophic economic downturn in 2008), the Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to relieve an aching body after days spent hiking stunning Icelandic scenery. So whether you're after a truly luxurious stay or simply a unique spa experience (or both), I highly recommend a trek into the Icelandic wild and its fascinating hot springs.

Want more info on the Blue Lagoon Iceland? Visit Blue Lagoon online or see what other travelers have to say on TripAdvisor.com. Reservations and information: +354-420-8800. For information about tour companies in Iceland, visit Inspired by Iceland .

All about Gennelle Smith

Gennelle SmithGennelle holds an MA in Film & Literature and has studied in both Canada and the UK, where she was lucky enough to pursue her passions for cinema, travelling and nonfiction writing. She's now working for the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival as well as on various writing projects. Follow her on Twitter @gennellesmith, or visit her European Travel Blog.


Related Stories

Rate This post


This place is one of the most exotic and beautiful places that I have ever visited. If it is not on your bucket list, make sure it gets there.

Post new comment

GoGirlfriend Recommendations

Travel Planning

Lonely Planet


Membership is free and with it you can set up a profile, vote on stories and post your opinions.

Already a member?

Not a member? Join!

Most Recent Comments

  • On Club Orient - St. Martin, Scribbles said "The naturist beaches on St Martin are really quite special. There are many choices and opportunity for getting an all over tan. There are naturist hotel accommodations also. https://naturist.sx is a great place to learn about all the naturist opportunities on this beautiful Caribbean Island "
  • On See-it-All-Touring or Destination Vacation?, oneearthhotels said "Amazing places to go ... hope to visit sometime soon!!"
  • On 6 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in Self-Isolation, admin said "Thanks Bat-El for the great tip. We've included your link in our Bonus Ideas from our Community section so others can enjoy. I really enjoyed the Stonehenge tour ... it's on my bucket list!"
  • On 6 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in Self-Isolation, Bat-El Galor said "My name is Bat-El, and I'm working in collaboration with Travel Trend website. We've recently published a post -"Top 100 virtual tours around the world". After looking at these wonderful tips to survive in self-isolation; It occurred to me that our post could also contribute to your readers with further virtual tours resources. The post includes 100 links to virtual tours and unique experiences around the world. Feel free to check out the link and enjoy your travels ... https://www.trvltrend.com/technology/virtual-tours/ Cheers,"
  • On Cuba Travel ~ 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go, admin said "Thanks Gordon for the update ... and given most routes to the resorts on the coast are an hour+ and it's Cuban warm, that money for a beverage is a great tip!"

Blogs We Love

beautiful Vancouver, British ColumbiaCheck out our GoGirlfriend Facebook page to follow us as we seek new adventures and create memories in our own part of the world.