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Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Iceland

Warm up in thermal waters during cold winter days

Best time: November–March

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Both Icelanders and tourists love soaking in hot pools outdoors, especially on grey winter days. The tradition dates back to the Viking times. You can combine it with the hiking trips, ending the day with dipping yourself in the thermal waters, surrounded by wintery landscapes.

One of the most popular 'hot spots' is Blue Lagoon with bright-blue water surrounded by lava fields. Moreover, it's quite close to Reykjavik. You can find hot pools all over the country, some of them with more infrastructure, while others being simply hot springs in the nature without any facilities. When you head to Iceland in winter, make sure to bring your towel!

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa?

The recommended time to visit Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is between November to March, when you can enjoy warm pools while admiring the natural surroundings. The winter season offers a fantastic experience escaping the cold weather, but take into consideration that it is the busiest time for tourists. Although visiting at other times may provide a more relaxed experience. Show more

Where is Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa located?

Situated just twenty minutes away from Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is in the southwestern region of Iceland. The picturesque view of dark volcanic rocks and lava fields surround the bright blue hot water, making it a unique sight. The location offers easy access to other tourist favorite areas like Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss waterfall. Show more

What makes the Blue Lagoon water bright blue?

The unique bright blue color of Blue Lagoon comes from the mixture of silica, algae, and minerals in the water. The concentration of these components creates such a singular experience that visitors cannot find anywhere else. Worth noting that Blue Lagoon is an artificial lagoon using water from a near geothermal source, which adds to its distinctive color and composition. Show more

What other activities can I do in Iceland during winter?

Hiking through the volcano landscapes is a common winter activity in Iceland, as well as glacier hiking, ice caving, and watching the Northern Lights against the clear, dark skies. Other activities include horseback riding, snowmobiling, and exploring natural ice formations during winter. As tourist activity reduces during winter, there are fewer crowds, making it an ideal location to embrace the winter experience. Show more

Are there any clothing requirements to visit the geothermal spa?

Before entering Blue Lagoon, guests must take a shower, but there are no specific clothing requirements. You may use towels, bathrobes, and slippers provided by the spa or bring your own. Make sure to bring a waterproof case for your electronics, and a hat to protect your hair from the water's silica. Show more

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