Blue Lagoon

Reyjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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Blue Lagoon is a breath taking natural wonder located at Reykjanes peninsula. It is a geothermal spa that features unique blue-green water, surrounded by volcanic rocks and mossy block lava. The lagoon is heated by natural geothermal energy, making it warm and easy to film in. To protect this natural wonder, there are certain restrictions in place. Icelandic production companies have a good relationship with the staff at the lagoon and are very knowledgeable about the restrictions and how to film at this location. Shooting outside the lagoon, where its excess water forms ponds within the black lava, is forbidden without a permit.

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Accessibility

The location is 2 km from the main road and has easy access all year long with a very big parking lot and staff entrances.
Public transportation available
Public transportation available nearby
Not needed
No vehicle needed for this location
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Guide required
Not allowed to visit without a guide

Services nearby

Only 5 minutes from Grindavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are nearby. Nearest hospital is in Keflavík, within 30 minutes away. At the location, however, there is a hotel, restaurant, café and all facilities for productions of various sizes.
Accommodation
< 1 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 1 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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This area needs a three-way permit. You need to have employees from the resort with you at all times while filming. Shooting outside the main resort, where excess water forms ponds by the road and in the landscape, also needs a permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
Reykjanes Peninsula is on UNESCO Global Geopark list.
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

The area has a very large parking lot and all facilities needed for shooting, there is even a hotel on site. Few staff entrances are available to bring the gear to different parts of the lagoon. Staff are very used to film crew and very helpful. Phone coverage is excellent at this location.

Risk factors

If shooting in the lagoon, crew and cast must be aware of the risk of dehydration. The water in the lagoon is between 37°-40° Celsius. The block lava surrounding the lagoon is very hollow with sharp edges and very slippery near the water.

Visitors

This location is one of Iceland’s main tourist attractions and visitors need to book in advance to get in the lagoon. With the right permit, sections could be closed off or filming could happen during closing time.

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