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.
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?