For years, Iceland was absent from almost everyone’s agenda as a vacation destination but in recent years it has gained in popularity, thanks in large part to aggressive marketing campaigns by the tourism board and Icelandair.
One of the most popular Icelandic tourist attractions is the Blue Lagoon, recognized as one of the 25 wonders of the world and high on the bucket list of spa aficionados.
From Keflavik International Airport, the Blue Lagoon is just a 20 minute drive. Conveniently, hourly bus service is available from the airport and tickets are easily purchased on board or at the airport desk.
Arriving at the lagoon, there is a storage facility to stash your luggage before wandering up the walkway leading to the main building. Meandering along the winding path through the landscape of lava rock is almost meditative, setting the tone for the day.
Splurging on the luxury entrance package is well worth it
A variety of entrance packages to the lagoon are offered, dependent upon amenities, duration of visit, shared or private showers, and rental of bathing suits and towels. Splurging on a luxury package offers you your own shower and changing room, access to an exclusive lounge, a spa journey product pack, complimentary beverage, reservation at Lava Restaurant and other extras and is well worth it.
For all guests, entrance to the lagoon includes an electronic wristband that serves as a locker key and a convenient method of payment while enjoying the healing waters. Enjoy a fresh smoothie or even a glass of wine or beer at the swim-up Lagoon Bar by simply waving your entrance bracelet for payment. All charges made to your bracelet can be paid when leaving the property.
For a bit of true bliss, book an in-water massage. The sensation of floating about, gently guided by a skilled therapist is not to be missed.
While the geothermal waters and stunning landscape will capture your attention, the Blue Lagoon also offers massage and body treatments featuring their signature silica mud and sea salt. For a bit of true bliss, book an in-water massage. The sensation of floating about, gently guided by a skilled therapist is not to be missed.
Self-guided spa experiences are also available at the lagoon, where wooden boxes filled with the lagoon’s signature silica mud are positioned at various points for guests to help themselves to the silica mud and apply to face and body. After the mud has dried (approximately 10 minutes), the silica mud is rinsed off, leaving skin soft and smooth.
At Lava, the Blue Lagoon’s fine dining room, guests can forego changing back into their clothing and simply stay in their robe to enjoy their meal.
When is the last time you indulged in an exquisite gourmet meal while dining in your bath robe? Ordering room service at a hotel doesn’t count.
At Lava, the Blue Lagoon’s fine dining room, guests can forego changing back into their clothing to enjoy their meal. The restaurant encourages guests to relax and simply stroll from the healing waters directly to their table in one of their robes, adding an element of heightened decadence to an incredible meal.
Several two and three course set menus are offered, including seafood, Icelandic, vegetarian and langoustine options, each one thoughtfully prepared. For added decadence, speak with your server to add wine pairings to the meal.
While fresh fish and seafood dominate the menus, rack of lamb and crispy fried chicken are also available. Refreshingly, the vegetarian meal is inventive and does not rely on pasta, as is often the case in restaurants, giving the appearance of vegetarian options an afterthought.
The side dishes are as imaginative as the rest of the menu, with selections including grilled broccoli, black quinoa, sun choke and fennel. And for dessert, crème brulée remains a popular choice though the pear and white chocolate mousse with rhubarb and beetroot sorbet is sensational.
Be sure to add Iceland to your travel itinerary and visit the Blue Lagoon for an extraordinary experience for all your senses.