Iceland’s two blue water pools: the blue lagoon against the Mývatn natural baths

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By Dr Gunni />

  • Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Photo / Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions. In the northeast region of the country there is another artificial natural bath, the Mývatn Natural Baths, also with blue water. Frequent swimmer Dr Gunni measures lagoons against each other in Iceland Magazine Versus.

This text was updated on July 19, 2016

What is that?
Blue lagoon An 8,700 square meter (94,000 square foot) man made a lagoon with 9 million liters of hot geothermal seawater at 37-39 ° C. The bottom is made of white silica mud. The lagoon has underwater benches and caves to sit on. There are also buckets of white mud on the shore to rub against the skin. It’s good for you!
Mývatn Nature Baths A 5,000 square meter (54,000 square feet) man-built lagoon with 3.5 million liters of hot water at 36-40 ° C. The bottom is made of sand and gravel. A few underwater benches.

What is there besides hot water?
Blue lagoon Skin care shop, psoriasis clinic, Lava restaurant and bar.
Mývatn Nature Baths Restaurant Kvika.

Blue lagoon The lagoon was formed in 1976 as a result of the operation of the regional heating company in the Svartsengi geothermal area. Soon people began to sneak into the lagoon and in 1987 the first modest public bathing facilities opened. The current spa facilities opened in 1999.
Mývatn Nature Baths The baths opened in 2004, but people have been taking baths and steam rooms in the area for centuries.

Distance from Reyjavik
Blue lagoon 45 km
Mývatn Nature Baths 487 km

Admission fee
Blue lagoon Adults: Standard EUR 50 (summer) EUR 40 (winter) / Adolescents 14-15 years: Standard EUR 25 (summer / winter)
Mývatn Nature Baths Adults: 4,000 ISK (summer) 3,500 ISK (winter) / Adolescents 13-15 years: 1,500 ISK (summer), 1,100 ISK (winter)

Opening hours
Blue lagoon June – August 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. / Sept-May 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (at least a few more days)
Mývatn Nature Baths June-August 09h00-24h00 / Sept-May 12h00-22h00

Annual number of guests
Blue lagoon Over 700,000
Mývatn Nature Baths Over 100,000

Blue lagoon
Mývatn Nature Baths

To live
Blue lagoon After clever marketing for a long time, the Blue Lagoon has become one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks. It is close to Keflavík and Reykjavík Airport, so it can get very crowded during peak season. Due to its high entrance fee, the Blue Lagoon is not very visited by ordinary Icelanders. But still: it is an unusual place and from another world, at the height of its legend. Plus, soothing in hot water is always good!
Mývatn Nature Baths The Mývatn baths are more intimate than the Blue Lagoon and less touristy. On the other hand, it is smaller and less picturesque, even if the landscape view is very pleasant. It is of course further away from Reykjavík and the airport and has not yet achieved its “must see” status. Yet soothing in hot water is always good!

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