Everything You Want to Know About the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a must-do in Iceland for many visitors. Even if you're not into the tourist hype, it's worth going to experience the scenery and beautiful color of the water (even if it's not entirely natural). For me, it was the perfect way to come off of 48 hours without sleep and a long flight. We were able to relax and get even more excited about being in Iceland.
Before we went, however, I had a lot of questions about the Blue Lagoon. What was worth paying for? When do you get tickets? Do you really have to walk around naked?
Fear not, for I am here to answer all your questions about the Blue Lagoon. Here are all the answers to the questions you probably have about visiting one of Iceland's most popular experiences.
Do you have to buy tickets ahead of time?
YES. Absolutely. They'll tell you that pre-booking is required, and you can do that by visiting their website here.
Tickets must be booked in advance, and you'll need to have them with you when you go to check in - that means print them off before leaving for your trip! Bookings are made on the hour, but there isn't a limit to how long you can spend once you're there. I would suggest going first thing in the morning since it tends to get busier later in the day. It also becomes more expensive later in the day, so if you want to say a few bucks, go early.
Tickets range from $50 to well over $500 if you want a luxury experience. It's not the cheapest place, but it's worth it if you spend enough time there.
The Blue Lagoon is open basically every day of the year for the majority of the day, but you can learn all the exact holiday hours and opening / closing times by checking here.
What's included with your ticket? What do I need to bring?
There are several different packages you can book for the Blue Lagoon. If you book the basic package, you'll need to bring your own towel.
The basic package included entrance to the lagoon as well as use of the silica mud mask. Of course, you can always buy drinks at the bar, but if you want them to be included you'll need to upgrade your package. You can also upgrade to get a meal at the restaurant, use of the robes, a towel and spa treatments. Pick the package that is best for you.
You'll probably want pictures, so make sure to bring a waterproof camera. Since there's steam everywhere, a normal camera is at risk even if you keep it out of the water. Plus, you'll be soaking wet and there is a dry spot around, so having a waterproof camera is just a safe bet. This is something we forgot at home, so the few pictures I do have come from the couple of minutes I risked bringing my phone with me.
We booked the basic package, which was perfect since we just wanted to relax and enjoy the lagoon. I didn't need any special face masks, drinks or in-water massages. We brought our own towels, but make sure you know what yours looks like and where you put them - try to be able to have an eye on them at all times since people sometimes just grab whatever towel they find (like my husband. Ahem.).
Where are the showers and lockers? Do I need to bring my own lock?
Despite what some may say, there are in fact separate men's and women's locker rooms. No, you do not need to bring your own lock. Instead, you'll get this fancy wristband when you check in that works as the key to your locker. Make sure you read the signs in the locker rooms on how to use them, because it can get really confusing.
Learn more about the wristbands here.
Do you really have to walk around....naked?
While you will see a number of people who are willing to do this, I understand that it's not normal for a lot of North Americans - myself included. Don't worry, you don't have to walk around naked.
You do need to shower without any swimsuit or clothes on, but the shower are private. You can walk over there with your suit on, slip into the shower and then take it off in order to follow the rules - that's what I and many others did. Basically, as long as you shower you should be good. Just remember that it's very important to follow the cleanliness rules - they're there for a reason and you don't want to be part of the reason that something bad happens to this amazing place.
How do you enter the Lagoon?
There are two ways to enter the lagoon. There's an indoor entrance that you can go to that will lead you outside when you're already nice and warm in the water, or you can walk outside and enter the water there.
While there isn't a right or wrong way, take the weather into consideration. It was extremely windy when we visited and that made the indoor entrance more appealing, but we exited through the outdoor entrance and immediately regretted it.
Will the water really ruin my hair?
Probably most definitely. To prevent this, don't dunk yourself in the water and later your hair with plenty of the soap / conditioner they provide in the showers. Using some leave-in conditioner afterwards won't hurt, either.
Ladies, tie up your hair if it's longer. Nobody wants brittle, dry hair for the rest of their trip.
What should you do while you're there?
Do everything! Take advantage of your time at the Blue Lagoon and everything that's included with your ticket. Try the mud mask, check out the swim up bar (even if you don't buy anything) and take your time to explore all the little nooks and crannies. It's a pretty big place, and staying in one spot is a bad idea. The water temperature also varies, so if you go to different spots you may find one that's warmer or a little cooler depending on what you like.
Take a lot of pictures with that waterproof camera you remembered to bring, and maybe even grab a bite to eat at the cafe afterwards (or the Lava restaurant, if you want to indulge).
The point is, take your time. You paid a lot to be here and it's a unique place that you won't find in other parts of the world - so enjoy it. And speaking of time...
...How long should I plan to spend at the Blue Lagoon?
A lot of things I read said to plan on spending three hours. THREE HOURS. I mean, I could see how you could end up spending that amount of time if you booked more experiences, but I felt like we took our time enjoying everything and not rushing to change or get ready, and we only spent about an hour and a half in total.
In general, I would say to expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half, but plan for a little longer in case you get caught up in the soothing water.
- Wear a swimsuit you don't mind getting ruined, just in case. The water is pretty intense and left my swimsuit feeling stiff and stretched out - permanently.
- Don't walk around the locker rooms soaking wet. Dry off enough after your shower and after getting out of the lagoon so that you're not dripping everywhere. It makes the place dangerously slippery, and you might get scolded by one of the workers since there are a lot of signs saying not to walk around soaking wet.
- Bring a water bottle / snacks if you're not going to get something to eat there. You'll definitely want a drink or something to eat afterwards, and if you're not planning on stopping by the cafe or restaurant, you've got another hour before you reach Reykjavik.
- Try to make the Blue Lagoon one of your first stops or your last. It's a great way to relax and recoop after a long flight, or just before heading home. Plus, since it's on the way to the airport it makes sense to book it first or last, since you don't necessarily want to drive all the way out there just for one thing.
Have you been to the Blue Lagoon" What were your thoughts? Do you have any tips that I might have missed? Share in the comments or hit me up on social media!
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