The Blue Lagoon: Is It Worth Your Time?

Updated: Apr 3, 2021


Blue Lagoon Sign

Kicking off my Iceland series, I thought I would get right into it with the biggest attraction there: the Blue Lagoon.


The most popular way to experience this man made hot spring is basically as soon as you get off the plane. It’s only 20 minutes away from the airport, making it a convenient way to get some much needed pep back in your step. But with Iceland’s increasing popularity among travelers, many people are asking…


Is The Blue Lagoon Worth A Visit?


And in my humble opinion, I vote yes.


Sure it’s man made, but it’s still made beautifully. And if you time it right, you can be relaxing with a silicon mask, soaking in a stunning shade of blue salt water, hair in a conditioner filled bun (pretty please listen to this if you have long tresses), sipping some champagne (or whatever) as the sun is either rising or setting (we chose rising).

Blue Lagoon

I mean, how does that sound over rated? The fact that you are experiencing it with people from all over the world? Sorry, but that doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me either. Maybe if we were over run with screaming, crying, pooping, children I’d think differently… but, thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

But is it really worth it for the price?


There are three packages to choose from, which you can read about here. You will have to select your day and time in advance, as you can only get in with a pre-booking. And I suggest that if you decide you want to visit, you book early. It is known to sell out, especially during peak season.

Prices vary depending on date and time, but as a reference, we went on January 28th (off-season) at 10:00 am and it was $78 for comfort, $102 for premium or $278 for the retreat spa. We chose the premium ticket and enjoyed every minute of it.


So sure, it’s expensive, and that’s why people say that it isn’t worth it. But I don’t particularly agree.

Blue Lagoon Us

But it's man made...


People complain that it’s man made. But you have to remember that at the end of the day it’s still a spa. I’ve never been to a cheap spa. But just like a spa, you’re treated well. Everyone gets a free drink and a silicon mask. Everyone gets access to the whole Lagoon; waterfall and steam room included. Everyone can stay in there until they swell up like Violet Beauregarde. For what it is and, naturally, to say you’ve been (and get that pic for the ‘gram), I think the price is pretty reasonable.

Blue Lagoon Bar

And I enjoyed the premium ticket because you get a bathrobe and slippers additionally (to keep you warm and comfy from the locker to the lagoon), as well as an extra mask (which I liked better). We also got a free glass of wine at the Lava restaurant, which was delicious.

Over all, I think it was an awesome and relaxing way to kick off our week in Iceland. It rejuvenated us after the airplane ride (I don’t know about you, but I can never sleep on planes) so we didn’t feel the jet lag like we usually do.

blue lagoon daytime

I hope that you go and make your own opinion of the place!


Check out my Iceland Roadtrip itinerary below for more recommendations around my favorite place in the world (so far).


If you’re reading this and have been, leave me a comment. I’m open to other’s opinions and would like to know if you agree with me or not, and why.


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Prost,

Emily