The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland and should be on every list of things to do when visiting the country. Situated in a vast lava field on The Reykjanes Peninsula close to Keflavik International Airport and Kleifarvatn Lake, and around 45 minute drive from Reykjavik. Legend has it that can wash away all your sins and look ten years younger in the process. Be that as it may but The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa filled with natural earthsea and silica mud which has restorative properties to the skin and stays at a comfortable average temperature of 37°C and completely renews its waters over a period of 36 hours.
A visit to The Blue Lagoon can easily be combined with an airport transfer or a tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula visiting hot springs and mud pools and other aspects of being right on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge between the tectonic plates. Geothermal activity is everywhere in this area and a lot of research is done here on the harnessing and distribution of geothermal energy, including a geothermal power plant and pipelines bringing the natural hot water from its source to homes in the area. Some of this looks like something straight out of a Science Fiction Film and of course Iceland has been featured in a few of those. The first astronauts to go to the moon also spent time here practicing and testing equipment back in 1966. This is the environment of the most popular retreat spa in Iceland and people come from all over the world not just to enjoy a couple of hours here but also for treatments and extended stays. There are also two excellent restaurants operating in The Blue Lagoon, Lava restaurant and Moss restaurant.
The proximity to Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavik City make The Blue Lagoon an ideal part of just about anything you do in Iceland. Any time of year is a good time to visit here and there for example quite a few good places nearby to experience the Northern Lights should they appear in the night sky.
The Blue Lagoon has been awarded numerous times and is on just about every summary of great spas in the world. The healing waters and otherworldly surroundings make it an absolutely unique experience and the staff works hard to make sure that everyone feels comfortable and gets the best out of their time here.
The Keflavik International Airport in Iceland is situated out on Reykjanes peninsula close to The Blue Lagoon and about 45 drive to Reykjavik City. The peninsula is a part of the mid atlantic ridge where Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drift apart. A short drive from the airport lies the bridge between continents a symbolic spot chosen to celebrate the connection between Europe and North America.
Keflavík International Airport has grown fast in the last few years and all major services for passengers can be found here including bus service and car rental, although planning ahead is recommended and for example Private Driver can provide any transport service you might need. Domestic flights leave from Reykjavik Domestic Airport and take just under an hour depending on traffic.
Reykjanes Peninsula on which Keflavik Airport is situated also has a number of attractions including vast lava fields stretching in all directions and hot springs in geothermal areas with steam rising high into the sky. Also, the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula is Kleifarvatn not far from the Seltún high heat area where, due to the geothermal activity, the mud pools smell strongly of sulphur and give an extraterrestrial feel.
Keflavik International Airport was originally built by the US Air Force during World War II and was a part of the US Air Base until 2006. During the Cold War the airport was one of the main NATO airbases in the North Atlantic and thousands of troops were stationed there. Due to Iceland becoming more and more popular as a destination for world travelers the airport has grown significantly in the last few years and there are even plans for further expansion in the near future.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is quite a scenic part of Iceland and coming in on a flight the great lava fields are bound to be the first thing to grab your attention and it is no wonder that many filmmakers have chosen this landscape as background for their films. Not surprisingly perhaps, most of these are either science fiction or post apocalyptic fantasies using Iceland as some other planet ravaged by alien forces and unknown elements, or a post nuclear disaster zone. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the exception to this since Ben Stiller actually used Iceland as itself and even used it as a substitute for both Greenland and the Himalayas. Actually the filmmakers did a great job although they managed to put a volcano literally in the only place in Iceland that has none.
A private Blue Lagoon transfer from Keflavik to the most popular spa in Iceland The Blue Lagoon. We will pick you up in the Reykjavik area and it is only about a 45 minute drive to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik City Center and less than that from Keflavik international airport.
The Blue Lagoon Spa is concentrated around the lagoon itself and the natural silica mud with its restorative properties responsible for their very successful skin products. They also offer a number of treatments and therapies depending on what you are after. It is one of the must stops when coming to Iceland and just the otherworldly surroundings make it a unique experience. Whether you come here in summer bathed in the light of the midnight sun or in winter waiting for the northern lights to start flickering across the sky this a place you are not likely to forget.
The Reykjanes Peninsula on which the Blue Lagoon is situated and a little further out Keflavík airport, there are various hot springs and sites of geothermal water. A lot of research into the harnessing and distribution of geothermal energy has been done in the area and nearby there is a geothermal power plant creating some of the greenest energy available.
Please note that opening hours at the Blue Lagoon may vary and it is usually necessary to book well in advance. Also note that a private airport transfer is possible as well as a transfer back to Reykjavik. This beats waiting at the bus stop in the rain/snow by eons.
The Blue Lagoon can easily be added to a number of other tours, such as The Golden Circle Tour, The South Shore Adventure Tour and The Reykjanes Peninsula Tour