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Discovering the Blue Lagoon: Tour Iceland's Geothermal Spa

On a cruise to Iceland, passengers are immersed in the country’s legendary landscape. With its massive glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and otherworldly terrain of volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs, Iceland is a photogenic wonderland—and the Blue Lagoon is no exception.

As Iceland’s most popular attraction, the iconic Blue Lagoon is a stunning sight to behold. Surrounded by moss-covered lava fields, this geothermal spa offers a slice of tranquility amidst a picturesque backdrop. Put on a silica mud mask and relax in the steaming blue water, known for its healing properties. It’s an escape like no other—one you can experience on a shore excursion with Holland America Line.

Learn more about the Blue Lagoon below and book your Iceland cruise today.

What is the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in the heart of the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark, which is home to many geological wonders. The Blue Lagoon is fed by seawater 6,500 feet (1,981 m) below the surface, where it reaches a scorching 464⁰F (240⁰C). On its way to the surface, the seawater captures silica and other minerals before emerging from the ground at a balmy 100⁰F (38⁰C), the perfect temperature for a relaxing soak.

In 2012, the Blue Lagoon was named a wonder of the world by National Geographic. Not only is the Blue Lagoon revered for its otherworldly beauty, but it’s also renowned for the restorative powers of its water. The geothermal seawater is rich in silica, algae, and minerals—elements known for their healing properties for the mind, body, and skin. The Blue Lagoon gets its iconic blue color because of the way silica—the lagoon’s most abundant element—reflects visible light.

How do you get to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik?

The Blue Lagoon is conveniently located 20 minutes from Keflavik Airport and 50 minutes from the cruise port of Reykjavik[HM1] . On a Blue Lagoon shore excursion[HM2]  with Holland America Line, we’ll take care of all the transportation details. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic ride through the countryside.


When is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is open year-round and the water is always warm, making it a must-see attraction any time of year. However, summer is peak tourist season in Iceland, so consider a morning or evening visit if you want to avoid crowds. Nevertheless, the Blue Lagoon limits the number of people who can enter in a day, so you’ll still have plenty of room to relax and explore.



Touring the Blue Lagoon

Experience this iconic destination for yourself on a Blue Lagoon tour with Holland America. On our Bathing in the Blue Lagoon  shore excursion, you’ll head straight to the lagoon, where you’ll spend approximately two hours relaxing in the delightfully warm water and taking in the stunning scenery. Towels are provided, and you’ll get treated to a rejuvenating silica mask and a cooling drink as you soak your worries away.

Iceland’s legendary landscape awaits. Learn more about our Northern Europe cruises and book your next adventure today.

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