Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Blue Lagoon In-Water Massage: What to Expect + Top Tips

Last updated Jan 6, 2023 | Iceland

Self-care is important. Massages have many medical benefits including improved circulation and immune function, reduced muscle tension, and boosting of mental health. I routinely get massages and can vouch for the therapeutic effects. Some of my favorite travel massage experiences include a Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the 4 hands massage in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Another incredible unique massage experience I am adding to the list is the Blue Lagoon in-water massage in Iceland.

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How to Prepare for Your Blue Lagoon In-Water Massage 

What? Prepare for a massage? Yes, there are a few things you need to know before your 60 minutes of ultimate relaxation. 

PRE-TREAT YOUR HAIR

The Blue Lagoon water contains geothermal water, which is composed of 70% ocean and 30% freshwater enriched with silica, algae, and minerals. It is naturally renewed every 40 hours. No bacteria. No need for chlorine. 

Silica is thought to increase collagen and improve skin elasticity. However, its effect on your hair is a different story. If you dunk your head in the milky aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon, prepare to have incredibly stiff and dry hair thanks to silica.

This seems counterintuitive because silica is claimed to help hair loss and the brightness of your hair. However, that benefit is noted when consuming silica internally in the form of supplements and not using it externally. For example, some dermatologists will recommend Viviscal supplements to hair loss patients, which contain horsetail extract. What is in horsetail extract? Silica! 

How do you prep those gorgeous locks before your in-water massage?

The Blue Lagoon provides you conditioner in their showers to pre-treat your hair prior to entering the water. It doesn’t work. Your hair will feel super stiff and “crunchy” days after your Blue Lagoon visit. 

I strongly advise rinsing your hair in the shower first and pre-treat every strand with your own high-quality leave-in conditioner prior to entering the water.

My husband and I are in the water a lot because we love to snorkel all over the world. Before any of my snorkeling/water adventures, I will liberally spray on the adwoa beauty
Melonberry Hair Milk Leave-In Conditioner all over my hair. It keeps my incredibly tangly, fine hair smooth and soft after being in the water for hours.

Olaplex No. 3 and Hair Conditioner

Olaplex No. 3 and Melonberry Hair Milk Leave in Conditioner

After your in-water massage, wash your hair and apply Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector. It’s a little miracle worker!  Then liberally coat your hair again with a high-quality leave-in conditioner. 

The Blue Lagoon Iceland definitely recommends wearing a swim cap to protect your hair. I did not wear one, but it is probably good advice.

DITCH THE JEWELRY 

The lagoon water can damage those precious metals due to the high levels of minerals, algae, and silica. Plus, the last thing you want is to lose your favorite jewelry at the bottom of the lagoon. 

HYDRATE BEFORE AND AFTER 

The water temperature will range from 98-104°F. The heat will make you sweat. Add on a few Proseccos at the in-water bar, and you can easily get dehydrated quickly. Plus, massages can be dehydrating. As your muscles are getting worked, it squeezes out fluids from your tissues. 

Drink plenty of water before and after your massage experience to prevent any dizziness or headaches. 

You do not even have to drag your warm body out of the lagoon into the cold to get hydrated. The Blue Lagoon actually has water fountains you can drink from, so no excuses.

The water fountain in Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Water fountain in Blue Lagoon in Iceland

My Blue Lagoon In-Water Massage Experience

Alright, now to the fun part. Despite the many tourists, it is easy to spread out and find your own little nook to relax in the lagoon. We enjoyed a refreshing Prosecco and Skyr smoothie at the in-water bar prior to my massage. If you do not know what Skyr is, check out my article on What to Eat in Iceland. Do not worry about cash or credit cards. You are given an electronic bracelet to pay for any purchases.

In-water bar at Blue Lagoon in Iceland

In-water bar at Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Getting drinks at the in-water bar at Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Getting drinks at the in-water bar at Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Skyr Strawberry Smoothie at Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Skyr Strawberry Smoothie at Blue Lagoon 

I had about 1.5 hours before my massage. While I waited, my husband and I gave each other facials by lathering on a silica mud mask at the Mask Bar. Your skin will feel super soft afterward. 

The Mud Mask Bar at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Mud Mask Bar at the Blue Lagoon 

Of course, you will want to take photos. I took my GoPro and iPhone in the lagoon to snap some quick pictures and video, and then I put them away for the rest of the time in the locker. I am not sure how the silica would affect the iPhone, so use a waterproof cover if you are worried it may accidentally slip out of your hands. 

When your massage time is ready, you will slowly walk through the lagoon to the far right corner. There is a bridge you will wait under until your masseuse is ready. 

Map of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Map of the Blue Lagoon 

Blue Lagoon in-water massage private section

Wait at the rope below the bridge for your masseuse 

The massage area is private and only for those getting massages. Don’t worry. You will not have all the other tourists staring at you during your massage. When I went, there were maybe 4 other people getting a massage at the same time. 

Before my session began, I hopped onto a blue raft (like the ones you use in the pool) and placed my head on a comfortable pillow. Once my body was in the right position, my masseuse draped me in a super soft blanket. A towel was placed over my eyes to shield them from the sun. Next was 30 minutes of pure relaxation as my muscles were slowly worked on with the aid of mineral massage oil.

This must be how a baby feels in a mother’s womb. You feel warm and suspended in this watery matrix, which puts you in an almost trance-like state. The minutes flew by and before I knew it, my masseuse informed me we had finished our session. 

Instead of just throwing me off the raft for the next person, my masseuse slowly floated me to the side. I was allowed to relax for a while longer before having to leave.

This experience was incredible. I had a flight back home later that evening. What a great way to start my 6-hour economy flight back home. 

I highly recommend booking an in-water massage, but there is one thing to know. Do not expect a lot of deep pressure and force. When I get my Thai massages, my muscles truly get worked on to the point where it is a little uncomfortable but feels so good afterward. This is not one of those massages. Rather it is a relaxing experience instead of a therapeutic one. It is oh so worth it. 

Blue Lagoon In-water Massage Private Section

Blue Lagoon in-water massage private section

How to Book the Blue Lagoon In-Water Massage 

When you book the day visit to the Blue Lagoon, you will be prompted if you want to book an in-water massage. Select the type of massage (30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 120 minutes) and then your time slot. That’s it! 

WHICH TYPE OF MASSAGE TO BOOK

I selected the 30-minute massage, which went by way too quickly. In hindsight, 60 minutes would have been just the right amount of time. 

The massages book up quickly, so reserve your time slot as soon as possible. 

WHICH TIME SLOT TO BOOK 

It is recommended to book early in the morning or later in the evening to enjoy the Midnight Sun in the summer or possibly the Northern Lights in the winter. 

We did neither and still had a fantastic time. 

Our reservation for the Blue Lagoon was at 1 pm, and I booked my in-water massage for 2:30 pm. We timed our visit several hours before we had to fly back home. I would allow 3 hours for your Blue Lagoon + in-water massage experience. 

Cost of the Blue Lagoon In-Water Massage 

30 minutes Relaxing Massage: $109 USD

60 minutes Relaxing Massage: $170 USD

120 minutes Signature Massage: $341 USD

The cost of the in-water massage is in ADDITION to the cost of your day visit to the Blue Lagoon. 

You have 3 options to select from for your day visit: comfort, premium, and luxury. See the table below for what is included in those options.  

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Towel
  • 1st drink
  • Silica mud mask
  • Cost: $61 USD and up
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Towel
  • 1st drink
  • Silica mud mask
  • Two additional masks
  • Bathrobe/slippers
  • Reservation at Lava Restaurant
  • 1 glass of sparkling wine at Lava
  • Cost: $78 USD and up
  • Unlimited access to Blue Lagoon and Retreat Spa
  • 5 hours at Retreat Spa
  • Drink of your choice
  • Blue Lagoon Ritual (silica, algae, minerals)
  • Private changing room
  • Access to spa restaurant
  • Access to 8 subterranean spaces
  • Cost: $540 USD and up

Personally, I felt the “Comfort” option was perfect. It includes a towel, a mud mask, and a drink. Because I had booked the in-water massage, I was also given a bathrobe. Also, we were not planning to eat at the Lava Restaurant. 

I am not sure if this still holds true, but I have read one advantage of booking a “Premium” package is you get to skip the normal waiting line at the entrance.  

If the “Luxury” package included the in-water massage, I would have certainly selected this option to have access to the private lagoon, the steam cave, sauna, and cold well. However, I could not justify the cost of the in-water massage ($109 USD) + the Luxury Retreat Spa experience ($540 USD and up). 

Where to Stay Near the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is 20 minutes away from the airport and 50 minutes away from Reykjavik. I strongly advise renting a car to get around. We used the local company Blue Car Rental and had a great experience. 

If you are enjoying the Blue Lagoon as a 1/2 day trip from Reykjavik, I highly recommend the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. We used Hilton points and got a great deal. 

This swanky historic hotel is in a fantastic location in downtown Reykjavik right next to my favorite bar in Iceland. All details can be found in my article on Where to Stay in Iceland. 

The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton in Reykjavik Iceland

The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton in Reykjavik Iceland

Alternatively, you could stay right at the Blue Lagoon at The Retreat if you don’t mind shelling out $1291+ USD per night. At least it already includes general access to the Blue Lagoon. 

Top 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your In-Water Massage 

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Pre-book or be disappointed. Time slots book quickly.

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Pre-treat your hair BEFORE getting in the water and no jewelry. 

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Choose the “Comfort” package + 60-minute in-water massage. Best value for the money. 

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Allow 3 hours for the Blue Lagoon + massage. 

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Enjoy a Skyr smoothie and mud mask to get the full spa experience. 

Entrance to the Blue Lagoon waters in Iceland

Entering the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Final Thoughts

Yes, the Blue Lagoon is touristy, but it is touristy for a good reason. It is fun and relaxing. Set your expectations. There is plenty of space for everyone to find their nook and enjoy the warm milky aquamarine waters. Take advantage of the included mud mask and drinks. Book the in-water massage but realize it is more of a relaxing experience than a deep tissue therapeutic one. 

In contrast, I also tried the less touristy Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Usually, I prefer the more “local” experience, but I can honestly say I enjoyed the Blue Lagoon much more. Each to their own. 

If you are looking for additional adventures in this beautiful country, check out my Top 19 Things to Do in Iceland. 

Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Plenty of room to spread out in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

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2 Comments

  1. Ian

    I visited in 2018, it was a cold but sunny late October day. The setting, built in lava fields meets expectations on arrival. The lagoon is warm and beautiful, the massage superb, every now & again my body was slighly lowered into the warm waters, I never felt cold. All in all this visit was a wonderful experience, expensive but as a holiday treat worthwhile. (And, for those concerned there are showers with doors in the changing rooms.).

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    • Nichole

      We went in July and it was in the 50’s°F. A little brisk, so the warm lagoon water felt amazing. I agree, I never felt cold because I was always kept partly submerged in the water. Such an incredibly relaxing experience!

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