Iceland’s Famed Blue Lagoon Expands

Top draw for tourists, locals and even stop-over visitors now bigger.

BlueLagoon-logoBack in the day of the old cheap-fare Icelandic Airlines, there wasn’t anything to do during the stop-over that  required passengers to get off the plane, the only things to do in the tiny terminal were to eat a snack, buy some souvenirs or postcards and stamps. The Blue Lagoon, now one of the island nation’s top attractions, did not exist.

In 1976, a pool began to form from excess water from the then-new Svartsengi geothermal power plant. Five years later, locals started bathing in it, and word spread about the water’s healing powers. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established and an official bathing facility was opened for the public.

Dipping into the steaming waters any time of the year is mystical and magical.
Dipping into the steaming waters any time of the year is mystical and magical. My husband and I toasted to our wedding anniversary with blue cocktails at the Blue Lagoon when we visited last year. I wish I could find the image.

Now, 40 years after hot thermal waters collected just  finished the popular attraction just 12 miles from Keflavik International Airport and twice that distance from the capital of Reykjavik has greatly expanded, adding to by half to its original size to now 8,700 square meters. You do the math.

The expanded Blue Lagoon includes new features. Photo: Iceland Naturally
The expanded Blue Lagoon includes new features. Photo: Iceland Naturally

This is just the first phase of a massive renovation to be completed in the spring of 2017. The Blue Lagoon now consists of three distinct but unified areas. First, the main area of the spa has been fully renovated and now features an in-water silica mud bar for visitors to try the rejuvenating properties of Blue Lagoon’s iconic mineral-rch waters.

A new lookout point extends eastward from the lagoon’s main area to lava cliffs on the south shore and beyond. This new horizon of geothermal enchantment provides spa-goers with a more peaceful, more private experience. The final area is within a lava cove on the south shore. It  is completely dedicated to Blue Lagoon’s unique in-water massages; the cove’s seclusion creates a tranquil, meditative environment for guests to enjoy one of Blue Lagoon’s unique spa treatments. In addition, the complex includes the Lava Restaurant (fine dining), the Blue Cafe for light bites and a view of the steaming water,  the Lagoon Bar with indoor and in-the-water service, and a shop where local spa products can be purchased.

Important Note: The national carrier of the island nation, Icelandair, has many more destinations on both sides of the Atlantic and therefore more transient visitors. If you plan on experiencing the Blue Lagoon, pre-booking  is necessary. Click here to see pricing options and to reserve.