Five great ways to experience Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon
It has become increasingly popular in recent years to dismiss the Blue Lagoon as another mode of Instagram travel. Or to make fun of the Cerulean waters and volcanic valleys of southwest Iceland as another overrated photo opportunity. As Instagram influencers are increasingly criticized by the culture in general, it is perhaps natural to condemn what they promote.
But, dare we say, the general public confuses their aversion to influencers with the places they flock to? Iceland is the top travel destination for a reason. And Game Of Thrones is not the only motivating factor. After all, winter doesn’t come anymore; it came and went.
It’s not hard to see why the otherworldly scenery of the Blue Lagoon has captured the world’s imagination. It will take many more light years (and even new forms of social media) before the Reykjanes Peninsula feels overcrowded and the Blue Lagoon is less majestic.
But how do you get an ultra-private (and ultra-unique) travel experience in one of the world’s most popular vacation spots? From the best adventure activities to the height of Nordic luxury, here’s how to experience Iceland’s most famous attraction like an insider.
1. Book your own private lagoon
For the truly discerning traveler who wishes to capitalize on the rejuvenating perks (not to mention the otherworldly scenery) of the Blue Lagoon, look no further than the Lagoon Suite at the Retreat Hotel. This luxury suite promises an extremely private (and deservedly decadent) Nordic getaway. Forget about a plunge pool, why not take a dip in your own private lagoon?
Although the word “hygge” originates from neighboring Norway, its meaning (an ambience of comfort and joy) is exemplified at the Retreat hotel. Although the Retreat is adjacent to the public entrance to the Blue Lagoon, the chic and modern atmosphere is defined by serenity. The Retreat offers access to a secluded Blue Lagoon spa and swimming area, accessible to all hotel guests, while day visitors must purchase a ticket in advance.
And the Lagoon Suite promises your own private lagoon, to be shared only with your fellow travelers (if you wish). So if you are afraid of crowds you have come to the right place.
Considered the most luxurious hotel in Iceland, each room enjoys spectacular volcanic views. And the sunset reflecting off the icy blue water is a natural phenomenon you won’t soon forget. (The Northern Lights and the midnight sun are just an additional seasonal bonus).
Even if you don’t book the Lagoon Suite, the Retreat offers an unprecedented oasis for every traveler. Can we suggest the Moss sequel? The private balcony is all the better for star gazing, with a glass of wine, of course. Well-being comes in many forms, after all.
2. Embark on an ATV trip to the moon
You don’t need to book a space trip to explore the wonders of the galaxy. 4 × 4 Adventures Iceland offers a trip to the Moon (with a maximum duration of four hours, the tour duration is remarkably short for such an intergalactic trip). For travelers looking to explore the beautiful Reykjanes Peninsula, the guided adventure takes drivers through volcanic gardens, past black sand beaches and hot lava rocks.
A stopover in the America-Eurasia Canyon offers travelers the opportunity to visit the bridge between two continents, although the surrounding landscape will almost certainly remind you of a mix between this planet and the next. Photo opportunities abound in front of Iceland’s oldest lighthouse. Although even the most romantic man-made structures look pale compared to the rugged terrain you will traverse on your nature trip.
3. Relax and rejuvenate at the ultra-private Lava Cove spa
For travelers who want to experience Retreat Spa’s world-class in-water massage and beauty treatments without the crowds (or anyone else), look no further than the Hidden Spa, Lava Cove. Treat yourself to a day of beautification at this spa within a spa and enjoy the anti-aging benefits of the nutrient-rich silicic acid found in the waters of the Blue Lagoon. You’ll walk away looking (and feeling) 15 years younger.
Water treatments redefine well-being and the unique beauty benefits of the Spa are in themselves worth the trip. And, thanks to Icelandair stopover program, a quick tour of the Blue Lagoon is more accessible than ever. Why not arrive at your next destination looking incredibly refreshed?
4. Take a helicopter tour of Iceland’s waterfalls and fjords
First by land, then by sky: our next adventure takes the curious traveler above the southwest peninsula of Iceland. Although our ATV adventure promises a trip to the moon, a HELO helicopter ride will make you appreciate more the natural phenomenon that occurs here on earth. In southwest Iceland to be exact, on excursions including the mighty Reykjanes Peninsula, which transports travelers to majestic waterfalls and coastal vistas.
The landscape of the lagoon is even more spectacular when viewed from above. Yes, the water is so blue, the result of an accidental runoff from a geothermal power plant in the 1970s. Beyond the lagoon itself, the federally protected volcanic region surrounding the Blue Lagoon is truly something. thing to see. The backdrop of this desolate landscape against the icy blue water of the lagoon forms a striking juxtaposition.
5. Toast to your trip to a volcanic wine cellar
For the most decadent celebration of your trip, book an evening in Retreat Blue Lagoon’s private volcanic wine cellar. Moss Restaurant serves all kinds of delicious Icelandic treats (not to mention Bjork liquor). Nordic cuisine and the wine that accompanies it offer a whole different kind of well-being.
With such striking beauty to behold on the outside, the inside of this private dining experience matches the drama, with champagne chilling in a volcanic cave. But the magic of the transporting atmosphere has to be seen to be believed of course. What if you still don’t trust us? Wait until you visit and see the scenery with your own eyes. You will not be disappointed.