Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Spa: Blue Lagoon, Grindavík, Iceland

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Blue Lagoon
Grindavík, Iceland
Topic: Spa

Relaxing in the Lagoon

Facilities Building
View from Inside the Building
GPS: N63° 52.800 W022° 26.993

Quick Description: 

The Blue Lagoon is a unique attraction of Iceland where you can swim all year around in geothermal seawater.

Long Description:

The Blue Lagoon is located in the town of Grindavík at the southwest corner of Iceland. Set in the middle of a lava field, you enjoy spectacular scenery while you relax in the warm geothermal waters.

Upon entering, you get a wristband which electronically opens a locker. For hygenic reasons, you are required to take a shower before donning your bathing suit. You then enter an airlock connected to the waters of the lagoon to make your way outdoors. The geothermal waters of the lagoon keep the air above the water warm, so you never experience the cold air of Iceland, even in January.

Near the center of the lagoon the water rises up from the earth and forms a cloud of steam. This water is very hot. As you get closer to the cloud the surrounding water gets hotter. Thus, you can always reach that perfect water temperature that suits you best.

On our visit to Iceland, we visited at the Blue Lagoon on our way from Rekyavik to the airport in Kevalik to catch our flight home. There was no better way to end our visit to this beautiful and unique country.

Description from the Official Iceland Tourism Information Site:

"A visit to the Blue Lagoon Iceland geothermal spa is an important part of your stay in Iceland. Guests renew their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air while relaxing in the warm geothermal seawater.
It is no surprise that the readers of “Conde Nast Traveller” voted Blue Lagoon as the best medical spa worldwide. For five consecutive years Blue Lagoon has been awarded the Blue Flag environmental recognition granted to natural beaches and marinas.

The water’s temperature is 37-39°C / 98-102°F. The lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. Regular sampling shows that “common” bacteria do not thrive in this ecosystem, thus additional cleansers such as chlorine are not needed."

The Blue Lagoon Website:

Hours of Operation:
June 1 - Aug. 31: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sept. 1 - May 31: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Admission Prices:
Dates, Adults, Teenagers, Children, Disabled
Jan. 1 - May 31: 33, 15, Free, 15 Euro
June 1 - August 31: 40, 15, Free, 15 Euro
Sept 1 - Dec 31: 33, 15, Free, 15 Euro

Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: 
Half of a day (2-5 hours)

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