"The Blue Lagoon." Reykjanes Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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The Blue Lagoon is in Reykjanes peninsula and is the most frequented tourist attraction in Iceland. It is on the National Geographic list of 25 wonders in the world and the only spa on the list. More than 80% people visiting there are tourists. It is located in Grindavík town close to Keflavík airport. It is actually a discharge from the geothermal power plant, but good as such as it has healing qualities and works wonders on psoriasis and eczema. The geothermal sea-water comes from very deep wells and the temperature is ca 36-39 degrees C, hot in some places and colder in other places.
Apart from that it is a really relaxing experience. The lagoon has 2 steam-baths and a sauna, an outside massage area, a small waterfall underneath which you can stand and enjoy the massage of the water. There is a café inside and outside where you can go get water and refreshment/beer and as you leave there are two restaurants and a shop and as you go through the restaurants and up the stairs you can have a scenic view of the lagoon from the roof (see my next tip on The Blue Lagoon with more pictures of the scenic view).
There is also a hotel next to the lagoon.
The lagoon has constant flow so it doesn't get dirty, I have heard a lot of comments on that, but don't worry, every day there is new fresh water. You can feel that the water is much hotter in some places, that is where "new" water is being added to the lagoon. In those places the water gets even too hot at times. And if it is cold outside it gets really steamy there at times, like you are lost in a fog ;)
You get a blue bracelet when you arrive and with that you enter and cannot leave without it. The refreshments you might buy here are charged to that bracelet. Be aware to lock the lockers with your bracelet, I have seen people having problems finding out how to lock the lockers. There is a kind of disc in the middle of the lockers and you put your bracelet up to it and this is how the lockers lock and open.
You can rent towels and bathing-suits at the lagoon, and bath-robes, which is essential when it is cold outside as you have to walk a very short distance outside from the door to the lagoon and it can be freezing. I would recommend that to foreign visitors renting a bath-robe.
After your stay in the lagoon don't forget to use the white conditioner provided in the shower. If you don't you wont be able to comb your hair and it will stay unmanageable and hay-like for days. VERY IMPORTANT. The women you see in The Blue Lagoon with their hair in a bun are most likely Icelandic, as we have all had the experience of unmanageable hair after our first visit to the lagoon.
And one more thing, the silica destroys swimming suits!! I have had two of my swimming suits destroyed there, so it is better to wear a bikini. But this is only if you go there often, it doesn´t happen after just one visit.
The white silica mud is supplied in wooden boxes around the lagoon and you can take some and apply to your face while at the lagoon. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes until it is dry and it acts as an exfoliant.
The opening hours are: 1st of September - 31st of May 10-20 daily. And 1st of June - 31st of August 8-21 daily.
The entrance fee to the lagoon is 30 Euros (October 2011) as 80% of visitors to the lagoon are tourists. The price for Icelanders has tripled in ISK since our króna fell, which is a shame as we have almost stopped going there because of this. So we are now given discounts on winter season passes, which I have bought (October 2011) as I didn´t go to the lagoon at all since October 2008 when our króna collapsed.
There are six bus trips daily from Reykjavík to the Blue Lagoon and three bus trips to Keflavík International airport every day of the year. Bus fare from Reykjavík center to the Blue lagoon and back plus entrance to the Blue lagoon is ca GBP 39 for one if you buy the tickets with f.ex. Reykjavík Excursions.
Read more: http://forum.virtualtourist.com/forum-247851-1-Travel-Reykjavik-1-forum.html#ixzz1qeLSD3Xs
Road directions to the Blue lagoon (they changed the road in 2011): Coming from Reykjavík drive for 38 km on Reykjanesbraut high-way until you see a sign for Grindavík (road 43). Turn right and you enter a round-about and follow the road to Grindavík and now you see the first sign for The Blue lagoon which is 10 km away from the high-way. Turn right after 8 km on the road to Grindavík onto the road leading to The Blue lagoon. Drive for 2 km and turn left for the lagoon.
I add this tip here and on my Iceland pages as well.
Address: The Blue Lagoon, Svartsengi 240, Grindavík Iceland
Phone: 354 4208800
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