Among Iceland’s most popular attractions is the Blue Lagoon. Although the lagoon is manmade, it has earned a spot on the National Geographic list of “Earth’s Most Awesome Places” because of its ingenuity and success as a luxury geothermal spa. The water itself is comprised of 70% ocean water and 30% freshwater, and is enriched with algae, silica, and minerals – all, which give the water its iconic powdery blue hue. While staying at the nearby Diamond Suites, the Wedding Style team paid a visit to the Blue Lagoon and enjoyed a blissful day of pampering, Prosecco, and fine dining at the lagoon’s Lava Restaurant. Whether visitors are traveling to Iceland for a bachelor or bachelorette party, destination wedding, or adventurous honeymoon, a day at the Blue Lagoon is a definite “must” for any itinerary.
Upon arrival, visitors are warmly welcomed with a robe, slippers, and bracelet should they wish to purchase any extra beverages, skin treatments, or even waterproof covers for their phones. The locker rooms are absolutely pristine; and after a quick change and shower, guests can make a speedy dash into the water which is blissfully warm amid the freezing temperatures.
While wading around the lagoon, we enjoyed all the perks of the Blue Lagoon’s Premium Package: a glass of champagne at the swim-up bar, and two masks at the in-water mask bar. We began with the signature silica mask to cleanse the pores, and then finished with the algae mask – a luxurious, buttery, anti-aging blend that left our skin supple and glowing. For couples who’d prefer a more intimate spa experience, the Retreat Spa offers private changing rooms, a secluded lagoon area, and extra treatments such as in-water massages for two.
In terms of what time of day is best for visiting the Blue Lagoon, most travelers will advise an early morning time slot, as it tends to be less crowded. Late afternoon, however, can be an enchanting experience as it gives couples a chance to see Iceland’s colorful sunsets and – if you’re lucky – the Northern Lights.
After a few hours of spa treatments and soaking in the silica-rich waters, nothing completes a Blue Lagoon experience like dinner for two at Lava Restaurant. This upscale establishment has an open and airy ambiance with gourmet offerings, minus the pretense. Our three-course meal included birch and juniper cured arctic char with horseradish, cucumber, dill, rye bread, and pickled mustard seeds; an incredible cod with barley, avocado, broccolini, and creamy mussel sauce; and an “Ástarpungar” – a mango chocolate mousse served with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel. It was the perfect combination of Iceland’s freshest seafood, produce, and local flavors.
>Written By: Lauren Malamala