No trip to Iceland would be complete without a dip in the Blue Lagoon. There is something truly magical about soaking in the milky blue waters while staring out over a vast expanse of snow covered lava rock.
In order to help make your experience as fabulous as possible, we’ve compiled our top seven tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon.
1. Book in advance.
I cannot stress this enough. Seriously, if you take nothing else away from this post, REMEMBER THIS.
Tragic but true personal anecdote. We were those unfortunate, naïve souls who assumed we didn’t need a reservation. I mean, isn’t it pretty much just a massive hot tub?
How wrong we were.
We landed in Keflavik and immediately made a beeline to the Blue Lagoon, woozy with excitement at the idea of soaking our aching, jet-lagged bodies in its magical waters. Because our flight landed at 6:00am, we ended up arriving at the Blue Lagoon before it opened and waited for an hour in the parking lot. Our excitement never wavered.
We were the first ones in line when it opened. I could practically feel the healing properties kicking in by sheer proximity to the pool.
Then the woman at the reception desk broke the spell with one simple question: “What time is your reservation?”
We learned that, because of its popularity, they limit the number of people entering the Blue Lagoon at a time. The next availability wasn’t until 7:00 . . . ten hours later.
We ended up making a reservation for three days later at 7:00pm, which was one of the only openings they had for the entire week. And just to clarify, this was in March. I can only imagine how much busier it would have been during peak season (June-August).
Learn from our mistake. Make your reservation online here.
2. Take your own towel.
Towels are not included in the standard package, but you are allowed to take your own and hang them on the towel rack. Not only does this save money, it also saves you the trouble of trying to distinguish yours from the sea of 400 identical, Blue Lagoon-issued towels as you shiver in the arctic wind.
3. Don’t get your hair wet.
Unless you enjoy having hair that looks and feels like a hay bale, I recommend you keep it out of the water (though if you accidentally do get it wet, don’t worry, the damage is temporary).
I was also concerned about the water ruining my swimsuit, but it seemed fine (despite leaving it bunched up and damp in my bag for the rest of the week…oops.)
4. There ARE private showers.
This point is only slightly less important than the one about booking in advance. Before we left on our trip, I read numerous blog posts and articles about visiting the Blue Lagoon.
While they all gushed about the wonderful milky waters and the complimentary silica mud masks, there was only one fact that caught my eye: You have to shower in a communal changing room…NAKED.
Now, I don’t know that I would call myself a prude exactly . . . but I would rather bathe in an active volcano than undress in a room full of people.
In the nights before our departure I experienced numerous nightmares featuring me roaming naked through a blizzard, while a swarm of 6’2 Scandinavian models pointed and laughed in disgust.
But when I entered the changing room I realized I’d wasted a lot of time worrying. While it IS true that you are expected to shower sans swimsuit before entering the Lagoon, there are numerous private showers available.
5. Don’t be freaked out by the weather forecast.
As they say in Iceland, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” In the two hours we spent soaking in the Blue Lagoon, we experienced clear skies, rain, snow, and hail. None of this detracted from our experience.
6. Take a waterproof phone case or dry bag.
Once you get out to the water, there is really nowhere to leave your stuff. We recommend securing everything but your towel in your complimentary locker. While we did see one brave soul with his DSLR camera, we took photos using a dry bag and Sam’s iPhone. No quicker way to ruin your trip then to accidentally baptize your camera.
7. Visit on your way to or from the airport.
Because the Blue Lagoon is only a 20-minute drive from the airport (and on the route to Reykjavik), a good plan is to schedule your visit for the day you arrive or the day you leave.
We had a fantastic time at the Blue Lagoon, and highly recommend including it in your travel itinerary!
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