Should You Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Entrance to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland - Is it worth visiting?

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. Its stunning blue waters contrast beautifully against the surrounding black volcanic rock, but its immense popularity leaves many potential visitors wondering if it’s too touristy to bother with. There are numerous pros and cons for visiting the Blue Lagoon, and you should weigh them all before deciding to buy a ticket or skip it.

Should you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Why you should visit the Blue Lagoon

It’s pretty – While the color of the water varies a bit – the day we visited it had more of a green tinge than blue – the sight of the milky water set against the black volcanic rocks is gorgeous. There’s a reason the Blue Lagoon has become Instagram-famous.

It’s fascinating – Learning about the way that Iceland uses geothermal energy to produce clean power and then in turn reuses the water that is involved in that process is very interesting. Sea water is pumped deep below the surface where the naturally occurring geothermal heat causes it to turn into steam. That steam is used to produce power, and the resulting water, full of minerals, is pumped into the Blue Lagoon for visitors to soak in. Don’t worry: swimming in runoff from a power plant sounds like a terrible idea – and it probably would be in most places – but the water here is packed with restorative compounds.

How to visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

It’s relaxing – We timed our visit toward the end of our time in Iceland. After spending four days road tripping around the southern part of the country, going morning to night, and taking part in as many activities as possible, we were ready for a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon. The water is the perfect temperature, even in winter, and it’s a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon just floating in peace.

It’s convenient – Getting there is incredible easy, whether you’re renting a car or relying on public transportation. There are buses that make stops at the Blue Lagoon on the way from the airport to Reykjavik, and it’s not far out of the way if you’re driving yourself. The trip from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon only takes about 40 minutes. It’s even closer to Keflavik airport. If you’re looking for a soak in an Icelandic hot pool and don’t have a lot of time, the Blue Lagoon is going to be your best option.

Is the Blue Lagoon too expensive?

Why you should skip the Blue Lagoon

It’s expensive – There’s no way around this. Blue Lagoon tickets are expensive (although after spending a few days in Iceland, you might not find them unusually pricy). The standard package, their cheapest, will cost you 6100 kr, approximately $58 at the time of this writing. I’d spend the extra 2000 kr ($19) for the next package up to get a towel just so you don’t have to carry one around with you for your whole stay. Plus, it includes a drink at the swim-up bar, which is a nice addition. You will definitely find cheaper hot pools, many even free, if the Blue Lagoon is too expensive for you.

Face masks at the Blue Lagoon

It’s touristy – I don’t like the touristy argument because I think it’s just a word used to describe somewhere popular that snobs have decided to disdain, but the Blue Lagoon is definitely a tourist attraction. The fact that there are buses dropping visitors with their luggage straight from the airport will tell you that. Just because something is popular with tourists doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have value though.

It’s crowded – Depending on the time of day and year, you might find the Blue Lagoon a bit too crowded for your tastes. The good news is that timed tickets can be pre-purchased, so you can save yourself from having to wait in the longer line and guarantee your desired time slot. Pre-purchasing tickets is now required, so while you may have to wait a few minutes to get your wristband and head into the locker rooms, it shouldn’t be too bad.

It’s not authentic – You’re not going to meet a lot of Icelandic people at the Blue Lagoon. In fact, I don’t think I heard any language but English spoken the whole time I was there. That being said, local Icelanders were the ones who first realized that the Blue Lagoon could be a great place for relaxation.

Should you skip the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Should you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

In the end, it’s a decision you have to make for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. We had a great time exploring all of the different sections of the pool and finding our way through the steam. I would disagree with anyone who says that no trip to Iceland would be complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon, but I think it’s a beautiful place. If you’ve decided to visit, you can start booking your visit at the Blue Lagoon website.

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Kris's suitcase never rests. She's either traveling the United States for business or exploring somewhere exciting and new for vacation. She's a former Disney World Cast Member and loves writing about Disney parks almost as much as visiting them.


  • Anna S October 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Great post about the pros and cons of visiting. 🙂 We went to the Blue Lagoon on our first trip to Iceland last year and had a blast despite the touristy feel. It was spendy and crowded, but man, what a way to be introduced to such a beautiful country!

    On the flip side, when we went back this month, we tried a couple “similar” places that were half the price and came with towels included. So I definitely agree with your conclusion. Go if you want to splurge and enjoy it, but there are always other options too (which is one of my favorite things about Iceland. So many things to do and see).

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Raluca October 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Great post about pros and cons of this blue perfection 💎

    • Raluca October 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      When I went there back in 2012 it was crowded, but not by far to the extent it is now.. I think we should talk more about responsible tourism and alternatives;)

  • Amy Poulton - Page Traveller October 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Hey Kris,

    I’m always so intrigued – I’ve heard Iceland is completely saturated with tourists and that the Blue Lagoon can be overcrowded, but everyone still says it’s amazing!

    Thanks for sharing! Hope to visit one day!

  • Jenn October 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm Reply

    I liked the Blue Lagoon a lot on my first visit to Iceland. We also went on the way to the airport to leave. We splurged and got the massages it was amazing. My second visit we went to Laugarvatn Fontana and I liked it a lot better. They had several pools of different temperatures.

  • Isie October 29, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Thanks for a very balanced view – you’ve definitely considered things from other sides. I’ve not been to Iceland yet but it’s definitely high up my wishlist.

  • Kasia October 29, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply

    We opted to visit another thermal bath near lake Myvat. It was just as nice as Blue Lagoon but cheaper and less crowded.

  • Anisa October 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

    I still want to visit the Blue Lagoon even if it is toursity and expensive. It just looks so amazing. I guess I might try to go really early so its not so crowded?

  • Aga October 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Good post! I decided to not to visit the Blue Lagoon when I was in Iceland and chose several wild hot pools instead. I loved it and I would probably do it again 😉 If I ever moved to Iceland and had more time (and money), I would just probably try Blue Lagoon to be able to say that I did and could compare the experience. But for now, I’m the fan of the natural or smaller pools more 🙂

  • Kellyn November 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is definitely a difficult choice to make. I was there last month and went back and forth in mind for days on whether I wanted to visit. In the end I did go and I’m glad I did. The $9 smoothies were not for me but I loved being in the sauna and the lagoon.

  • Stacy November 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm Reply

    We’d love to do this, and can’t wait for WOW airlines to start flying out of Dallas!

    • Kris November 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply

      They’re starting service from my home airport in April and I can’t wait!

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