Iceland – The Blue Lagoon
Visiting the Blue Lagoon was the thing I was most excited about on our trip to Iceland.
This is easily one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations – and I think it deserves the hype. The Blue Lagoon is about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik. There are tons of bus trips available from Reykjavik if you don’t have a car. If you do have a car, there is free parking on site.
There are a few packages to choose from – The Comfort, The Premium, and The Luxury. We chose The Comfort package, which included a day at the blue lagoon, a mud mask, a towel, and a drink. There are different prices for entry at different times of day. Later in the day, you can get entry for ISK 6,990.
We booked early and we chose an early entrance so we paid ISK 10,690.We decided to book a 10 am entry, and also went on a Monday. You can stay at the Lagoon all day if you want to.
You have to be there within the hour of your booked time, or they may not let you enter. Note that you’ll probably have to wait in line for a bit too once you arrive. They give you an electronic wristband, which helps track any purchases you make throughout the day. They scan your bracelet on your way out, and you just pay for your purchases then.
The water stays at about 102 degrees F, which is soooo nice in the chilly Iceland autumn. We had a really good weather day too. It was cloudy, but no rain. Cool, but not cold. The water was very comfortable.
We were also a little worried that it was going to be super packed because of how hot of a spot it is (pun absolutely intended). Sure, there was lots of people there, but it never felt overcrowded. There’s a little spot at the back that is usually pretty empty.
Included in our ticket was a Silica mud face mask. I love a good mask so this was really fun to get to do. There were quite a few options at the bar. They has soft drinks, smoothies, juices, wine, beer, and cider. I had a cider and Ethan had a beer. We also each got a second drink. The cider and beer were ISK 1,000 each, which we didn’t think was that bad considering where we were. We’ve definitely paid more for a beer at a baseball game.
This was easily my favourite day we had in Iceland. I loved the Blue Lagoon and thought it was totally worth the money. We had planned our trip to be a little more ~doing things~ focus, so it was great to have one really relaxing day. We stayed for about 4 hours, and I enjoyed every second of it. If I ever ended up in Iceland again, I would be sure to make another stop at the Blue Lagoon.
- Book early! – You can save a little bit of money on your tickets if you book early. Also taking an early or later entrance can help you save.
- Bring flip-flops – We went in October and the ground was already very cold! You won’t need them for long, but they are nice to have.
- Yes, you have to shower nude – This is just a rule in Iceland. You just have to do it. But don’t worry, there are shower stalls so you don’t have to communal shower.
- Condition!! – They are not lying about all of the minerals in the water messing up your hair. Slather your hair in conditioner before getting into the Lagoon, and do it again when you’re leaving. I also brought a hair mask to use that night.
- Don’t wear jewelry – Again, the minerals will mess them up.
- Eat a good breakfast – If you have an early check in time, make sure to eat a solid breakfast. There is a restaurant on site, but it’s pricey, and do you really want to get out to eat?
- For more about the Blue Lagoon, click here.