Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular destinations when visiting Iceland, and you can’t help but notice the massive upload on social media from your friends who come to visit Iceland. What most people don’t know about is a less crowded geothermal pool known as the Myvatn Nature Baths. Should you visit both? Only one? Well, it comes down to your preference and personality. Here’s the breakdown:
WHAT IS IT?
The Blue Lagoon is a man-made lagoon that opened in 1976 and evolved from its infancy as a reservoir of geothermal runoff into a world geothermal wonder. The unique properties of its waters provide not only an enchanting lagoon experience but also the same patented, active ingredients in the Blue Lagoon skin care products: silica, algae, and minerals. The water in the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F).
Opened in 2004, Myvatn Nature Baths is located in the north of Iceland, a region that enjoys a temperate climate and long summer days. The water maintains a temperate of 36–40 °C (97–104°F).
WHAT IS THERE?
Other than the lagoon itself, the Blue Lagoon also offers spa amenities, in-water massage, an exclusive lounge, Lava restaurant, and bars.
The Myvatn Nature Baths keeps it low key by offering only a cafe on-site.
The Blue Lagoon is located 20 minutes from the Keflavik Airport and 50 minutes from Reykjavik.
.The Myvatn Nature Baths is located in North Iceland and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Akureyi.
Blue Lagoon –
Prices vary on package level:
- 3800 ISK (01/01 – 14/05 ’17)
- 4300 ISK (15/05 – 30/09 ’17)
- 3800 ISK (01/10 – 31/12 ’17)
Blue Lagoon –
Hours of operation vary by season:
The Blue Lagoon is growing more popular and commercialized as tourism continues to grow in Iceland. Therefore, you will be relaxing with hoards of people, finding it hard to relax and find serenity.
Have you been to both? Which one do you like more? Let us know in the comments below!