Heading to Iceland? Well, you’re in for a real treat! Home to volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, Iceland has the most dramatic landscapes that you could honestly explore for weeks. If you’re visiting Iceland for the first time, the chances are you’ll be interested in taking a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Good choice. This is somewhere that should make not only your Iceland Wish-List but your entire Travel Bucket-List too. To make it extra, extra special I not only recommend visiting the Blue Lagoon but the experiencing the Exclusive Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa. It is honestly out of this world and you’ll genuinely find yourself asking, “Is this what heaven would be like?”
What Is The Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland, located within a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It is a recognised world wonder, where the powers of geothermal seawater create a truly unforgettable and transformational spa journey. The milky blue water stays at the perfect temperature of 39°C/102°F, which means no matter how cold it is outside- you can happily enjoy the Blue Lagoon in your bikini (a pretty cool thing in itself!) To enter the Blue Lagoon, you have two different options.
1. Go for the Blue Lagoon Comfort package, which costs 6 990 ISK and includes: entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel and 1st drink of your choice.
2. Select the Blue Lagoon Premium package, which costs 9 900 ISK but includes: entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant and sparkling wine if dining.
Either of these make a great morning or afternoon out. However, during our trip we instead chose to visit the Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa, which is still on the premises, but in an exclusive area, offering – in my opinion – a whole different experience. Now before I run into it any further may I just note now: this is not an affiliated post. I have no partnership with the Blue Lagoon. I am purely writing this because I loved it so much and want to share my experience with you. Before visiting, I was unsure which package to get myself, or if the Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa would really be worth the money. But I can guarantee you, it’s worth every penny which is why I don’t want you to miss out!
So What Is The Retreat Spa?
Like I mentioned, the Retreat Spa is within the Blue Lagoon. It’s a special sort of luxury VIP area, with very small limited number of people allowed in at one time. This means as you float around the pools, you literally have it all to yourself. There’s no crowds, no noise even and it takes you to a whole other world! This was our day from start to finish…
After a big brunch to set us up for the day, we booked a bus transfer from Reykjavik over to the Blue Lagoon. This company enables you to select your pick-up time beforehand then takes you straight from your hotel. Whether you’re going for the standard entrance or retreat spa experience, I highly recommend booking through here before you go. It just saves a lot of hassle and is really competitively priced. We did this, getting dropped off straight at the entrance where you then walk through pathways carved through the lava- black stone towering all above you. It’s almost like a tunnel!
We then checked in at the front desk and was escorted through to the Retreat Spa. Here we were welcomed with big smiles and shown to our private changing rooms. These are modern suites fitted out with everything you could possibly need. Dressing gowns, flip flops, all the toiletries you can think of, hair dryer, hair straighteners, two cascading showers. They certainly know how to look after you here!
After getting changed, we then got shown around the Retreat Spa, which also included the Retreat Lagoon. All areas of the lagoons are accessed from the inside, into the water which then flows outside, so you don’t have that big temperature shock from freezing cold to warm. The lagoons are created so beautifully, flowing from one area to another: with something new around every corner. It’s scattered with unique features, surrounded by tall lava rock and for us, we were incredibly lucky because the weather was PERFECT. Bright sun all day that glistening down onto the water, making it look like there were sparkles all over the surface. As the steam rose high, there were times where we couldn’t see more than a few meters in front of us, which slowly unveiled new areas of the retreat as we made our way around.
There is honestly nothing better than lying back in the pools, feeling the sun on your face and the warmth all through your body, whilst being surrounded by volcanic rocks and snow. It’s just extraordinary. After some time exploring the lagoons, we found out way to the pool bar, where we grabbed a complimentary glass of wine, champagne or for our friend Debbie, a healthy smoothie.
After this we decided to take a peak in the normal Blue Lagoon. Still interlinked through a secret door off the Retreat Spa, we were easily able to pop in. In here, it’s a larger area, but with far more people. It’s also just one big pool as oppose to the intricate design within the retreat. Without a shadow of a doubt it’s still an unbelievable experience and somewhere you have got to see for yourself, however it’s not half as relaxing in the main Blue Lagoon. Fun and cool to visit for sure, but it’s very very different. You get a lot of excited tourists taking selfies, which is actually something that’s not allowed in the retreat. You can’t use your phone in there but after visiting the Blue Lagoon, I could then see why because it does take away from the experience and doesn’t allow you to totally switch off.
After quickly confirming we made the right decision choosing the retreat, we scanned our bracelets and headed back inside, this time venturing into the steam rooms and sauna. The sauna overlooks the beautiful turquoise pools, all wooden and stylish in design. The steam room is then outside, better known as the Steam Cave. It’s actually kind of like stepping into the middle of a volcano with the heat and black rock walls, ceiling and floor- but it’s great! You can just lie down, relax and feel your pores being opened and cleansed. From here, we had a little breather, putting our feet up with some fruit water to stay hydrated. There are plenty of areas you can just sit and relax, and what better setting to do so?!
After that, it was back into the lagoons, wandering through the lava canyons and hidden corridors to our favourite sloped spot in the complex. Everywhere is so quiet and peaceful here, the only sounds coming from trickling water. You can really become at one with the mineral-rich warmth and the volcanic earth. It’s certainly my new favourite place!
After a few hours here, it was then time to finish with the Blue Lagoon Ritual, which is the hallmark of the spa journey. There are three areas which go as followed:
- Minerals: The Blue Lagoon’s uniquely potent array of minerals have energising effects on your mind and body- exfoliating your skin and stimulating your circulation. You rub these all over your body to start the ritual.
- Silica: Silica is the Blue Lagoon’s iconic white mineral which cleanses and strengthens your skin- giving you a fresh, pure, radiant appearance. Again, you coat this over your body, before lying back on the warm stones until you can feel it has dried. Sipping the retreats specialist tea, with relaxing sounds surrounding you: you zone out into your own little world! When you rinse this one off, you can instantly feel the difference, making your skin feel so smooth, it’s almost silky!
- Algae: Last but not least you have the algae treatment. Blue Lagoon algae is extraordinarily dynamic. It renews, nourishes, and moisturises your skin- opening the door to an enduring, youthful glow.
Their motto in this area is, Relaxed, Revitalised, Reborn. I’d say that’s pretty accurate! Once finished, you will get an ice-cold towel to close your pours and an oil treatment for your face as the final touch.
This rounded up our experience within the retreat, then heading back to our changing room to get back into our clothes and grab a bite to eat.
So, what’s the price like? Well, the Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa is 79 000 ISK per changing room, so for two people that works out at about £250 each. It is expensive but it’s worth it. For this you get access to the Retreat Spa & Retreat Lagoons, Private Changing Rooms, Skin Care Products, a Drink of Your Choice & The Blue Lagoon Ritual. You also have access to the normal Blue Lagoon, which like I said- is great to pop into for a comparison. By also selecting the Retreat Spa, you’re able to dine and relax in their restaurant and bar, which is the perfect way to finish off your morning or afternoon.
We were honestly treated like absolute royalty during our time at the Retreat Spa. It was such a special day spent with truly wonderful people and I will remember & cherish the memories made here, for the rest of my life!
If you’re looking to visit the Blue Lagoon or Retreat Spa, you can see full details on their website here. Wishing you all a wonderful time if you get the chance to go.
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