If you are visiting Iceland or just stopping for a bit, I highly recommend you go to the Blue Lagoon. Yes, it is kind of touristy, but it didn’t start that way. It began as a place the locals discovered, and then it became more commercialized. Below, you will learn more about the Blue Lagoon and some tips if you are planning on visiting.
What is the Blue Lagoon?
- The Blue Lagoon is a lava field that is the dumping grounds for the water from the geothermal plant. The water is perfectly clean for bathing in, but it is not like this is a natural spring if that is what you were thinking.
What Should I Know Before I Go?
- You need to start by making a reservation. Spots fill up fast, so book in advance.
- A stop at the Blue Lagoon works best if you are just arriving or getting ready to leave Iceland. It is about a 25 minute drive from Keflavik, so it makes sense to stop while you are near the airport. I personally prefer going when I arrive in Iceland because you are able to freshen up from the flight. Our flight also came in around 6:30 am, so the Blue Lagoon was pretty empty, and we didn’t feel like we were missing out on something else since it was so early.
- You will have to take a shower (naked) before you go in the lagoon. I recommend getting the package with the robe and flip flops (unless you plan on bringing your own). You will walk in, then the attendants will be there if you need assistance with getting a locker. The shower stalls have doors, but not everyone covers up, just so you know. If you are a private person, you can definitely make this work, so don’t avoid going because you feel uncomfortable. With the shower, they will have soap and a conditioner for you to put in your hair. The minerals in the water can dry out your hair, so put the conditioner in and leave it.
- When you are in the lagoon area, you will hang up your robe and place your flip flops by the hook with your locker number. Then it is time to hop in. The air can be very cool, but don’t worry, the water is nice and warm. Different areas are warmer and cooler so you can find the temperature you like. The basic package comes with a mud mask you put on for about 10 minutes, then rinse off. The package above that comes with an additional mask of your choice and a drink. There is also a sauna and steam room. Simply wander around the lagoon to grab what you need.
- The water is salty and has a high mineral and clay content. The silica makes it have that milky look and when combined with the sun, it is a milky blue.
- The Blue Lagoon also features a spa, restaurant, and hotel. Since we were going the budget route, we just opted to enjoy the Blue Lagoon. Our experience for two cost about $150.
- If this seems a bit too pricey or touristy for you, there are other options such as heated pools and other lagoons across Iceland. I really think you should check out this part of Icelandic culture; whichever option seems best for you.