Iceland: Relaxing At The Blue Lagoon

Iceland: Relaxing At The Blue Lagoon

When we booked our trip to Iceland, at the top of my must visit places was the Blue Lagoon. Yes, I had heard it was a tourist trap but I didn’t care, I wanted to experience it for myself and I’m glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. From the second we arrived to the second we left we had a great time, yes it was busy, yes it was a tad on the expensive side for what it was but for us it was a wonderful few hours break from sightseeing and we would definitely recommend you try it for yourselves.

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Book in advance to avoid disappointment

Everyone had told us and we had read everywhere to pre-book before we visited, guess what? We didn’t. So when we got there and it was fully booked I found myself on the verge of tears and kicking myself at the same time. I am usually super organised, I couldn’t believe I had dropped the ball on something that I had really wanted to do. Luckily for us, we still had a couple of days left in Iceland, so we sat in the Blue Lagoon’s reception, using their free wifi and booked for the following day. Even then though only a few timeslots were left. I think if it had been our last day, the tears would have flowed freely.

Save some money by taking your own towel

There are a number of packages available, the cheapest starting at €40 per person*. This is the standard package, which is what we opted for. As we had planned to visit the Blue Lagoon, we brought our Lifeventure SoftFibre Towels with us as they pack down tiny. This therefore saved us a bit of cash, which was very welcome as Iceland is super expensive. Some of the packages offer dressing gowns, which would have been nice but not at all necessary as the distance from the changing room to the lagoon is only a few feet.

Don’t worry; there’s no need for public nudity

This is what we feared the most! We are British after all. It is important to wash using the Blue Lagoon’s body wash before entering the lagoon and this must be done naked – NOT in your swimwear. We had heard many horror stories of communal showers and attendants watching you to ensure you did. But there was nothing to worry about (PHEW!), there were individual shower cubicles with doors, meaning we could slip your swimwear off in private, take a shower, and then slip our swimwear back on without anyone seeing.

Avoid damaged hair by conditioning thoroughly

In each of the shower cubicles you will find hair conditioner. If you take one piece of advice from this post (apart from the pre-booking of course), let it be – use the conditioner! The water has a lot of minerals in it which leaves your hair feeling, and looking, like straw which isn’t ideal. I was semi-sensible and tied my hair up on top of my head in a bun. I therefore didn’t use the conditioner, which was a bad mistake as it took me three washes of my hair to get it looking and feeling normal again. Even Mr ESLT said he wished he had used it in his beard.

Use your wristband to enjoy a drink or two

When you enter you are given an electronic wristband which operates the lockers in the changing room and also allows you to charge things from the bar to it. The bar area is quite small within the lagoon; however it has a range of drinks for you to enjoy including wine and spirits right through to smoothies and fresh juices. We opted for a couple of local beers, Gull. Each wristband is restricted to two alcoholic drinks only. Once you have finished in the lagoon, are dry and changed, your wristband is scanned and you pay on exit.

Slap on some mud and relax!

The waters of the Blue Lagoon are amazing and very, very relaxing. In some places they are too hot and in others too cold. Simply have a swim around until you find the perfect temperature for you. But don’t forget the fun bit – slapping on the silica mud. There is what could best be described as a mud bar which has big vats of the stuff, which is free to simply scoop out and apply. We found it easier to apply it to each other in order to get good coverage. We left it on for the recommended 5 minutes, relaxed and rinsed.

Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir

I love a gift shop and the Blue Lagoon has a big and well stocked one. With Blue Lagoon toiletries, clothing and smellies available, it was hard to pick something to take away with us. In the end we opted for the Blue Lagoon candle which we burn in our living room on a regular basis and it smells divine! It was however ridiculously expensive due to the tax I paid on it, I could have claimed the tax back at the airport on our way home, but it slipped my mind. You can also pick up Blue Lagoon mementoes at their shop in the airport at the cheaper price if you forget to get something during your visit.

We plan to visit Iceland again in Summer 2018 and try out some of the island’s other geothermic pools to see how they compare. Can you recommend any?

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  1. January 4, 2017 / 11:45 am

    We plan on going here in March. I think it is touristy but of course we are tourists and it looks amazing! I heard the Secret Lagoon was great too. I think we are going to visit there as well.

    • January 4, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Oh it must be a secret because I’ve never heard of it 🙂 gonna check it our now for our return trip. Don’t forget – book in advance and use the conditioner 🙂 but most of all – have a great time and enjoy!

  2. January 4, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Oh yes we heard about booking in advance. But with the use of the conditioner, that’s new! And a real good tip too!

    • January 4, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      It’s a must! The minerals and the cold air made my hair feel like it was going to snap off! I have learned my lesson for next time 🙂

  3. I visited Árbæjarlaug as well as the Blue Lagoon, and they’re two totally different experiences. Árbæjarlaug is more like a local pool, but on a cold December evening was amazing to be sat outside in a Jacuzzi. Definitely recommend it, though I’m not sure how it’d be in the summer. I’m going to return in the summer for a trip round the ring road, and Fontana caught my eye so will be trying that one out!

    • January 4, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks our plan – the ring road in summer. So i’ll be keeping an eye open for your recommendations. Just checked out Fontana – it looks amazing! Added that to the list for the return journey – thanks for mentioning it, hope you enjoy when you visit 🙂

    • January 4, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      And very relaxing! We can’t wait to go back one day soon….

  4. January 4, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I can understand why Noemi – it really is beautiful. We can’t wait to go back!

  5. January 6, 2017 / 1:19 am

    Great tips! I’ve already pre-booked and I booked the premium which includes the towel and a drink, so those are covered! I’m a beer-lover so I have to ask, was Gull amazing?! Great tips – I’ve heard the hair warnings and the more I read the more I feel like I DEFINITELY want to heed this advice! Thanks for sharing!

    • January 6, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks Paige! It seems you are much more organised than I was 🙂 The hair thing was a major for me, also I got some of the silica mud in it and when it dried it turned to clay – not great! If you have the room in your bag, I’d take your own shampoo and conditioner with you too, to wash your hair as soon as you get out. I didn’t and had to wait until we were back at the hotel, which I don’t think helped. Gull is GOOOOD. I personally am a lager drinker and it got a big thumbs up from me. Although be prepared to pay around £7 – £10 a pint in central Reykjavik! EEEEKKKK! Have a great time!!!

      • January 6, 2017 / 1:06 pm

        Thanks for the advice and the heads up about the price! Eeeshk! That’s a lot of money for a pint! I better start a beer fund, eh? Haha Cheers!

        • January 10, 2017 / 9:06 pm

          YES! Although if you are staying in Reykjavik look out for Happy Hours where drinks are offered on a buy one, get one free basis – most bars and restaurants have them every night at different times. It saved us a lot of cash! Enjoy the Gull 🙂

  6. March 3, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I like your blogs a lot! I’ve been to the Blue Lagoon as well and I loved it! Could you check out some of my blogs?

    • March 5, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. The Blue Lagoon is great isn’t it. From you blog it looks like you enjoyed Iceland just as much as we did. I’ve followed, looking forward to reading more about your adventures. Safe Travels 🙂

  7. October 30, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Nice..i will visit there in next month. It will help me alot.

    • November 4, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks for your comment Simon, hope you had a fantastic time at the Blue Lagoon? We had a great few hours there, it was well worth the visit 🙂