The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Grindavik, Iceland is one of Iceland’s biggest and unique attractions with about 400,000 visitors per year. The lagoon is surrounded by lava rocks. It is 2/3 seawater and 1/3 fresh water and the source of the water runs 2000 meters (6000 feet) deep but the lagoon itself is 90-140 cm (3-5 feet). The temperature of the lagoon is between 37-40°C/100-110°F. The warm waters are renewed every 40 hours and are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, so bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to have a positive effect on people’s skin. Particularly, the combination of minerals helps some people who suffer from skin diseases such as psoriasis. There are at least two lifeguards or more on every shift, depending on number of guests. One lifeguard is located at the tower, with a view of the entire bathing area while the other one walks around the bathing area to keep an eye on guests.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is wheelchair accessible. When arriving, drive straight up to the building and then head through the staff and service entrance, which leads to the staff’s parking lot. Then use the public entrance into the LAVA restaurant, in the right corner. Most doors at the Blue Lagoon will open automatically with the push of a button. If a wheelchair is needed there is one available at the reception desk. Inside, there is a private bathroom with a shower available for guests with physical disabilities. There is also a lift to gently lower someone into the healing lagoon. The disabled person gets a discount on entry into the Blue Lagoon (10 Euros for an adult instead of 30 Euros). Furthermore, the person who is traveling with a wheelchair user gets in free for assisting him or her.* There are spa treatments that may interest you that can take place in or out of the water.
* Based upon if assistance is needed in the changing room, limted to one person per wheelchair guest.
Visitors can enter the spa without bathing in the lagoon. Blue Lagoon spa shop, restaurant, and bistro are on the site. Visitors can sit down and enjoy the view of the lagoon from the bistro and restaurant area. It is also possible to go outside to the observation platform where one can have a view of the lagoon and its unique surroundings.
Getting to the Lagoon
It takes approximately 6 hours from New York and 3 hours from London to fly to Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is located only a 20-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport and 40 minutes from Reykjavik city center. Here are three wheelchair accessible transportation services: Bus4U, IceLimo, and Hreyfill
Staying at the Lagoon
Blue Lagoon Iceland offers accommodation at the Blue Lagoon Clinic which is located within a five-minute walking distance from the Blue Lagoon. The Clinic Hotel features 15 modernly designed, bright and spacious twin rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower and a veranda overlooking moss-covered lava fields.