Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Under the Midnight Sun

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is just one of those magical places where all your cares melt away. Sure, there are plenty of other amazing hot springs to check out around the entire country of Iceland, and we did made sure to check out as many other hot springs as possible, but we still couldn’t resist another relaxing visit at the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

Our first visit to Iceland in 2013 saw us starting our trip off with the Blue Lagoon as one of our first adventures. It was the perfect way to relax after a long day of flights and it set a wonderful tone for our entire trip. We indulged by getting in-water massages and then soaking in the milky blue water all morning long.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

This time around, we opted for a visit under the midnight sun. During the summer, the Blue Lagoon has extended hours and is open until midnight! We were based in Reykjavik for the last five days of our trip, so we made the hour long drive and arrived around 8 p.m. to wind down our evening. After showering in one of the many private shower stalls that have been added since our last visit, we changed into our swimsuits and made our way out into the cold, rainy, foggy weather that we were dealt on this particular evening.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

Thankfully, we didn’t even notice the weather with the warm, soothing heat of the lagoon. Our first visit was filled with anticipation and excitement of what was to come, but our return visit was all about rejuvenating and reflecting on the amazing adventures we’ve had in this spectacular country. It’s funny how two visits to the same place can be so different. This visit was exactly what we needed to unwind after two weeks of road tripping and days full of adventures.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

We spent the next couple of hours floating, relaxing and enjoying the never-ending daylight. When our fingers started to look like prunes, we took a break and made our way to the café where we were tempted with delicious treats. We settled on a strawberry skyr smoothie and sucked down the refreshing concoction in what seemed like a matter of just minutes.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

The Blue Lagoon is sometimes coined as touristy, but we still think it’s a spot worth visiting. We love the mystical setting and even though we have visited numerous hot springs around the world, they all offer unique experiences, and the Blue Lagoon is no exception. The lagoon is set on an 800 year old lava field and filled with around nine million liters of geothermal seawater. A unique combination of silica, algae and minerals fill the water, and the sunlight reflecting off the silica is what gives the water its milky blue color. While the water has many healing benefits for your skin, it doesn’t exactly do much for your hair except make it extremely dry. So, it’s a good idea to load your hair with conditioner both before and after entering the lagoon to keep your strands silky and smooth.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

When you arrive at the lagoon, you will receive a wristband that will act as your locker key and it can also be used to make purchases such as drinks and food from the bar or restaurant. Upon entering the locker room, you pick an open locker and then head to the shower—you must shower without your swimsuit in order to keep the lagoon clean for everyone to enjoy. There are private lounges/locker rooms available for an extra charge, but there are also plenty of shower stalls for privacy in the main locker room, as well. Also, towels and swimsuits can be rented if you don’t have your own, but it’s a good idea to bring your own if you plan on checking out multiple hot springs during your trip!

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

In addition to the waters of the Blue Lagoon, you will also find a sauna and steam rooms, a powerful waterfall that you can stand under for a quick massage, silica mud masks at the Silica Bar, an out of water relaxation area that overlooks the lagoon, plus a bar, restaurant and café. Basically, enough to entertain yourself with for several hours!

Blue Lagoon in Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

While we didn’t quite make it until midnight, we thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend such late hours soaking in the lagoon. As we drove away from the Blue Lagoon at 11:30 p.m., only a couple of nights before it was time to make our way back home, we couldn’t help but think about all the amazing experiences Iceland has given us. It really came full circle and we can’t wait for another trip to the land of fire and ice again in the future—we know we will never have quite enough of this unique slice of paradise.

 

Special thanks to the Blue Lagoon for providing us with entrance to the lagoon! As always, all opinions are our own.

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  • Annika
    Posted at 03:17h, 13 October Reply

    Wow, That smoky ambience of blue lagoon makes everyone feeling relaxed. Such a wonderful feeling if you’ll stay there all day. Thanks for the glimpse. I hope you enjoyed your vacation.

  • Les Petits Pas de Juls
    Posted at 03:23h, 13 October Reply

    Every time I see your pictures and read your stories about Iceland, I just want to hop on a plane and spend as much time there as possible!
    No exception today! We really need to think about it soon!
    Thanks for making us dream!
    Jul’
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  • Angela
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    Posted at 11:10h, 14 October Reply

    I enjoyed the Blue Lagoon after a long flight from Seattle. It was the first thing we did 🙂
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  • Rhonda Albom
    Posted at 17:05h, 15 October Reply

    The milky blue water is amazing. Your photos with the mist over the water paint a surreal environment. I like the wristband concept for entry and purchasing all in one.
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  • Corinne
    Posted at 01:17h, 16 October Reply

    I do agree that the Blue Lagoon is a must do! We enjoyed a few hours there during not so great weather as well, and it was perfect!

  • Kerri
    Posted at 03:54h, 16 October Reply

    I know so many people say that the Blue Lagoon is touristy, but with everything you’ve mentioned available, I would absolutely want to go here. I’ve been to some thermal baths in Europe and loved them so I know I would love this too. Stunning photos, love the misty, foggy surrounds. Great to be able to hang out in the other parts of the precinct and also enjoy some food whilst you are there.

  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    Posted at 05:22h, 16 October Reply

    I definitely think the addition of private shower stalls is a good move. We Brits are not too keen on communal, naked showering. I also love the idea of visiting at night in summer. How fab

  • Vicki Louise
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    Posted at 06:32h, 16 October Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon – even though it’s touted as touristy, I still think it is a must visit and must experience activity when in Iceland. I had thought it would be a do it once so it is done kind of thing so it is great to know that you guys were not turned off by it and were happy to return and have such great things to say about it!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 19:56h, 17 October Reply

      Definitely agree–it’s just such a unique experience, it’s fun to try at least once! We were glad to visit again though too and happy that we enjoyed it a second time! There’s just something about thermal baths that make me happy and relaxed 🙂
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  • Sara
    Posted at 10:07h, 16 October Reply

    The waters are such a lovely milky blue colour, so interesting and unusual. How fun to be soaking away under the midnight sun, even if you didnt make midnight, all fantastic.
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  • Brian Martin
    Posted at 13:03h, 16 October Reply

    Is it mist or sulphur coming off the top of the water? With my sulphite allergy just taking a shower at a BnB in Rekyavik was scary enough.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 20:02h, 17 October Reply

      That was mist coming off the top of the water because of the rain and temperature. I think there might be sulphur in the water though still, so I would definitely double check with the lagoon if you were thinking about going. That’s too bad you have an allergy to sulphite–I can definitely see where that would be scary if you don’t know what’s all in the water!
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  • Arzo Travels
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    Posted at 14:23h, 16 October Reply

    Iceland is very high on my list. Just so many beautiful pics I keep seeing. I could float forever in the laggoon <3

  • anneklien meanne
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    Posted at 11:49h, 17 October Reply

    Iceland is such a stunning place hopefully one day i can visit the Blue lagoon, i love the dreamy effect of the vapor its looks so magical

  • Sophie
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    Posted at 13:48h, 17 October Reply

    What stunning pictures! I remember visiting the Blue Lagoon about ten years ago and it was great for my skin! I need to go back and explore it again. Can’t believe those pictures are in the evening – I forget how much daylight Iceland gets in summer!

  • Vicky and Buddy
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    Posted at 17:33h, 17 October Reply

    I can’t wait to visit Iceland! I’ve heard from a few people that the blue lagoon is a tourist trap, but I don’t care. Sometimes they’re touristy for a reason!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 20:07h, 17 October Reply

      I agree–sometimes things are touristy for a reason! There is something about the landscape and color of the water there that is just too cool. There are plenty of other hot springs and similar places throughout the country that are worth checking out as well, but I just don’t think I could skip out on the Blue Lagoon–it’s fun to visit them all! 🙂
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  • Carrick
    Posted at 09:29h, 28 October Reply

    Hi Jenna!

    Beautifully done. It really does look mystical! We’ve not been yet, but Iceland seems to be the happening place right now, so we definitely need to get over there. With posts like yours, it makes the decision a pretty easy one – great job!

    Safe travels

    -Carrick

  • Krista - Krista's Compass
    Posted at 09:56h, 02 January Reply

    I am DYING to go here! Looks amazing! So high on my list of places to go!
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