When I was researching my trip to Iceland, everyone told me not to go to the Blue Lagoon. They said it was too much money and way too touristy to visit. I decided to ignore their advice and pay a visit there, and I’m glad I did! Sure, it’s not for someone on a budget. It’s also unlike anything I’ve been to before and ended up being the perfect way to spend New Year’s Day. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Blue Lagoon.
How to Get There
The Blue Lagoon is about a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. There are plenty of buses you can book in advance that will pick you right up from your hotel and bring you there. I’ve used both Grayline and Reykjavik Excursions during a previous trip to the country and would recommend both. You can also rent a car for your trip if you plan on driving around a bit, which I did for my winter trip here.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon on the way to or from the Keflavik International Airport is another popular option. It’s about a 20-minute ride and you’ll be able to store your luggage there. You can schedule a ride into town after that.
There are four different packages you can buy when you go to the Blue Lagoon. During the winter, the standard package costs $47 and gets you entrance and a silica mask. The comfort package costs $65 and gets you the basics plus an algae mask, towel to use, and one drink of your choice. The premium package costs $83 and includes all that plus flip-flops, a robe to use, a reservation at their restaurant, and a glass of sparkling wine. If you want to go all out, get the luxury package for $232. This includes everything mentioned plus entrance to the exclusive lounge and the spa journey product set.
You can easily get away with just the standard package if you’re trying to save money and just want the experience. Since it was the dead of winter when I went, I got the premium package that had a robe to use, and I’m glad I did. There’s one entrance indoors to go out to the lagoon, but most people walk outdoors first and then get into the lagoon. If I didn’t have that robe, I would have been freezing! You can also go to lunch in your robe, which is kind of fun.
When you first get there, make sure to bring your ticket either on your phone or printed out. There is free wi-fi if you need to use it to get on your email if you did forget it. You’ll get your shoes and robes upon check in if you bought that package, and they’ll give you a bracelet to put on. This is your key to everything, so make sure it’s tight on your wrist. You’ll then head to the locker rooms.
My first note about the locker rooms is pay attention to which one you go into. I did not realize there are four different women’s locker rooms and got SO lost coming back. Know which one you went into, and know which locker number you have your items in. There are instructions on the lockers about how to use the lockers, but you basically use your bracelet to lock and unlock it. If you have trouble, there’s always a staff member around to help you out.
Before you head out to the lagoon, make sure you take a shower. They have body wash provided so you don’t have to bring any. While you’re in there, put conditioner everywhere in your hair. Even with it in, I don’t recommend putting your hair in the water. Tie it up in a bun because the water can really wreck your hair.
Once you go outside, there’s a place to hang your robe and towel. If you head to the left in the lagoon, a station will be there that provides you with the mask(s) you purchased. There’s both silica and algae masks available. The staff will tell you how to apply it and how long to leave it on, but it was fun seeing everyone with white masks lounging around.
I also found out the reason the lagoon is blue is because of the way the sunlight reflects off the silica. The water isn’t actually blue, but white. The water is said to have many healing benefits for those with skin problems, including psoriasis.
To the right of the entrance to the lagoon is the swim-up bar. If your package includes a free drink, this is where you can get it. They have everything from Icelandic beer to sparkling wine to smoothies. Any additional drinks will be charged to your wrist band and you’ll pay when you exit.
The lagoon was much bigger than I expected, so take your time wading around. At certain points, it’s only a foot or so, and the deepest it goes to is probably around four feet. Some people were swimming in it, but again I wouldn’t since your hair will get wet. The water temperature ranges from 98-104°F, depending on where you are. With the cold winter wind, it felt absolutely perfect.
If you get tired of the lagoon, you can go to one of the spa or steam rooms at the edge of the water. They’re a nice way to warm up if you’re cold. For an added fee, you can purchase an in-water massage.
There are three different places to eat here. When you first get in, there’s a quick shop you can stop at to get sandwiches and snacks like chips. Once you get past the locker rooms, there’s another small cafe that offers similar items. You’ll just charge it all to your wristband and pay at the end, as with anything you purchase there. The Lava Restaurant is the place to go for a nice lunch or dinner. The majority of their menu features Icelandic specialities, such as fresh seafood. I recommend making a reservation in advance here.
Overall, I recommend a stop to the Blue Lagoon on your trip to Iceland. While it can be a bit pricey, there are other ways to save on your trip, such as buying food from a grocery store or not buying alcohol. If you’re looking to relax, this is the place to go!
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