A Day at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland!
Welcome to the Blue Lagoon ~ the most popular tourist attraction in all of Iceland! In this post, we’re going behind-the-scenes at the Lagoon, walking you through a day spent in Iceland’s most famous thermal waters. It’s an easy, 30-minute drive from Iceland’s International Airport in Keflavik ~ so relaxing at the Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to visit on your way into or out of the country.
Map of Blue Lagoon!
Blue Lagoon Info
Blue Lagoon Info
- Hours: 8AM-10PM (changes seasonally).
- Tickets: Must pre-book via Blue Lagoon site.
- Price: 55-90 Euros for entrance, depending on amenities.
- Nearest Towns: Keflavik is 30-45 minutes from the Blue Lagoon; Grindavik is 5-10 minutes.
- Best Way to Get There: Via bus or rental car ~ taxis in Iceland are extremely expensive!
A Day at the Blue Lagoon
The first time I went to the Blue Lagoon, I came straight from Keflavik International Airport. My flight arrived at 6:30AM (as most international flights do), and I bought a bus ticket straight to the Blue Lagoon for about $20. It was cold, raining sideways, and I wondered what the heck I was getting myself into! Make sure you have a hood on ; )
Once you arrive at the Blue Lagoon, you shuffle off the bus along with all the other tourists. Those needing to drop off large bags can do so in the first building at the Lagoon, right near the parking lot. After, head down a long outdoor walkway, and you’ll end up at the actual Blue Lagoon facility. Here, things are set up like clockwork: you check in at the front desk, show them your reservation and a credit card, and are given a waterproof bracelet that tracks all purchases you make at the Lagoon. Pretty clever.
The Shower Situation…
After checking in, you walk down a hall to the locker rooms ~ which are HUGE!! I counted over 150 women’s lockers ~ and the lockers are BIG: they fit my large backpack, boots, and all my heavy winter clothing. There are private bathrooms and changing rooms as well for the more modest. After putting on a bathing suit and robe (which came with the pricier package), you head to the women’s showers. Now, I’ve read a lot of people complaining about having to shower. I’m not sure why ~ I’m guessing because of the modesty issue. Thing is: you can either shower communally OR in private stalls. The idea is to thoroughly bathe and remove all scents, lotions, shampoos, etc. that could be harmful to the Lagoon. Makes sense to me.
Entering the Lagoon…
After exiting the showers, you open doors to the entrance of the Lagoon ~ which is indoors. There’s a coffee shop to the right, and reclining chairs up above, if you just want to relax. Otherwise, toss off your robe, store it on one of the hooks (they need more), and wade into the Lagoon.
At first, the water seems lukewarm. Don’t worry ~ it’s cooler inside than it is outside. Push open the heavy doors and enter the Blue Lagoon. A cave greets you right away: you can either swim through it, or head to the right, towards the main Lagoon. Nowhere is the Lagoon very deep ~ you should be able to stand up at all times.
Things to Do at the Blue Lagoon!
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...
- Grab a Drink at the Bar: Once you enter, head towards the right side of the Lagoon, where you’ll find a bar offering smoothies, water, beer, and wine. The smoothies especially are delicious!
- Do a Face Mask: Over on the left side of the Lagoon, try the “Face Mask” bar ~ the Silica Mud Mask is what they’re known for!
- Get a Massage: Massages are available at the Lagoon ~ but they’re pricey (you can get cheaper ones in Reykjavik)
- Relax in the Sauna: Close to the “Face Mask” bar, on the left side of the Lagoon near the waterfall, are wet and dry saunas if you need a break from the water.
- Take a Waterfall Picture: Immerse yourself underneath the waterfall and have your friends snap a picture!
- Wander to the Far Edges: The Blue Lagoon is HUGE, though most people congregate near the bars. Wander out towards the edges for pictures with less people in them (and for the ability to take a topless picture : )
GWTW Tip: Only bring waterproof phones or cameras into the Lagoon! Don’t even think about bringing your IPhone without bulletproof, water-tight casing. I brought in my Go Pro with its airtight, waterproof housing ~ and it worked perfectly. Also, if you can avoid it ~ don’t wear glasses in the Lagoon! I did my first morning, and regretted it. Because of the rain and wind, I was constantly taking them off and cleaning them. Total pain in the butt. Wear contacts or leave glasses in the locker room.
Will Blue Lagoon Ruin Your Hair?
In a word: YES. If you choose to get your hair wet (like I did the first time around), your hair will feel coarse and stiff for days, possibly weeks afterward! I was so distressed, I actually wrote an entire post on this very topic! It’s called How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair ~ which you can read here. I spent two weeks after getting my hair wet in the Lagoon, feeling like I had horse hair. Not cute!
The short answer is: you need to bring shampoo and conditioner that do NOT have protein in them! (Most, I found, do.) I eventually used a charcoal shampoo (charcoal pulls out impurities) and an Herbal Essences conditioner (with zero protein in it) that did the trick, and got my hair back to normal. I also wished I’d brought deep conditioner to Iceland. After using deep conditioner, my hair really felt soft again.
Or you can have horse hair like I did for two weeks! Ha! If you click on any of the links above, I’ve linked directly to the particular products that helped my hair recover, which can all be found on Amazon.
Enjoy the Blue Lagoon!
Whenever you visit Iceland, enjoy your trip to the Blue Lagoon! Some bloggers don’t recommend it, saying that it’s too expensive and too touristy. It is both of those things ~ however, if you can fit it in your budget, I believe it’s a must. Other hot springs are cheaper, and while some are also scenic ~ none are like the Blue Lagoon. So, if you can afford it, GO! And tell me about your experience in the comments below…it’s always great to hear other points of view!
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