Hey! So you might remember I went to Iceland with my best friend back in February, but I do have another Iceland post for you. Now, I realise it’s now July and the snowy, winter wonderland of Iceland that I visited has turned green for summer, but whenever it comes up in conversation that I’ve visited Iceland, so many people ask about the Blue Lagoon. Like so many! So, I figured I would just write a more in depth post about it and just redirect them all here for a bit of that self promo should anyone ask again! Plus, I have quite a few exciting trips planned that it’s probably time I started breaking down my posts rather than doing the ole shove it all in one shenanigan. Y’know, now that uni is over, I can’t really use deadlines as an excuse anymore!
So, back to Iceland. You can read a full overview from February here however, I will break down the Golden Circle in my next post, and possibly a Reykjavik ‘around the city’ kinda thing after that. It just means more pictures really, and who doesn’t love that?! Plus, this time last year was when Brown and I were planning our trip, so if you’re anything like we were then, these posts will give you an idea of the winter wonderland you can visit in a good few months’ time!
So, the Blue Lagoon, what is it? Well dotted around Iceland there are so many natural geothermal springs and if you choose to drive around Iceland, you can quite easily pull over and hop in these no hassle, free of charge. Whereas the Blue Lagoon is a man made geothermal spa created in 1976 by a local power plant. Unlike the natural springs, the Blue Lagoon is an absolute toursit trap so if that’s not your scene, then the lagoon might not be quite your cup of tea.
In terms of getting there, if you’ve hired a car, no doubt it has a GPS so you’re golden. Like us, if you’re there for a shorter time, there are so many companies offering tours to and from the lagoon. They’ll pick you up from your hotel, drop you off and they’ll have their own schedule of buses making the return trip. For example, we got there for 11am and our return buses ran every half an hour. Also, the lagoon is only a short distance from the airport so it’s not uncommon to see people visiting literally straight after they’ve landed and others just before they’re due to fly home! If you choose to do this, the lagoon does have storage facilities for your suitcases and bags. From Reykjavik’s central bus station, it takes approximately 45 minutes to get there, but it’s a very scenic drive.
If you plan on visiting, you must pre-book your tickets which you can do through their website here. There’s three different tickets you can purchase, either the standard, comfort or premium. The standard includes entry and a silica mud mask; the comfort includes that of the standard plus a towel rental, an algae mask and your first drink for free; the premium includes that of the comfort and also a dressing gown rental, slippers, a reservation at Lava and sparkling wine if you dine there. Prices (currently) convert to roughly £45 for the standard; £60 for comfort; and £75 for the premium. We opted for the comfort and took our own towels and flip flops and retrospectively, that was definitely the better decision.
So when you actually get there, the bus drops you off/or you park up, and you walk through a valley of lava rocks which is pretty cool in itself. Right outside of the main buidling, you can see part of the lagoon to your left, although this part isn’t for public access. Nonetheless, it’s very pretty to walk around and get some nice photos of the lagoon with no one in it. Once you’ve walked into the building, the queues separate into three different ones dependent upon which ticket you bought. As you’d expect, that of the standard ticket has a much longer queue than the others but all in all, we probably waited about fifteen minutes to actually get in. You swap your printed tickets for a rubber wristband which effectively becomes your keys and your money!
You use your wristband to clock you through the turnstiles and head towards the changing rooms. In the changing room, you match your wristband to any available locker by tapping it to it and then to a metal box (great explanation, I know) but there’s posters/instructions in there. Bung all your stuff in a locker once you’ve changed out of your clothes and then you have to have a shower. It is compulsory to shower before you enter the lagoon. They do specify that you’re to shower naked, however I didn’t do that and as far as I’m aware, not many others did either. Kinda like a swim room, you can shower communally or there are cubicles. There were hangers to place your things but Brown and I found a cubicle and did the whole one in, one holding the bags kinda thing- which if you’re with a pal, it’s just much easier to do. They do provide the body wash and conditioner in the shower, and if you plan on wetting your hair in the lagoon, it is recommended that you cover your hair in their conditioner. This is because although the spring is great for your skin, it can dry out your hair and if you’re hair isn’t great anyway, it might damage it so just bear that in mind. I did wet mine in the shower but neither Brown nor I had any plans to wet it once in the lagoon.
So you are showered and ready to get in, and from the female changing rooms, you literally just walk through and you’re by the cafe, and right in front of you, beyond the safety of the glass and the warmth, is the lagoon. If memory serves me correctly, I’m fairly certain the male changing rooms were upstairs. Now I can’t speak for the summer months, but certainly in the winter, those few metres from the door to the lagoon, dressed only in a bikini and towels were the coldest few metres I’ve ever known. I can’t begin to tell you how cold, but it was cold! (Side note: the absolute goal is to go on an Arctic cruise sometime in the future, at least this has slightly prepared me for the polar plunge. You better believe that’s on the bucket list!)
Anyway, you hang your towels/robes up with the hundred other towels and robes, kick your flip flops or slippers off and in you go. Once you’re in the water, it’s lovely and warm- it’s circa 37-39 degrees celsius and after being stood in the cold for a few seconds, it’s glorious! It’s worth noting that as soon as you get in, the lagoon does look heaving but once you make your way past the crowd, people are more dispersed after that. Plus, it’s pretty easy to find a quiet spot as the lagoon extends back a bit further than you’d imagine.
Towards the entrance of the lagoon is where the swim up bar and face masks are. We completely swam past them at first. Here’s a laugh for you, we didn’t realise that’s where you got the free face masks from and when you touch the floor of the lagoon, you can feel all the silica on the floor and we thought you just sort of grabbed a handful and slapped it on. LUCKILY we didn’t do this, we were quick to realise that this wasn’t the case haha! So yeah, don’t be daft like Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the face masks are available at the swim up bar bit near the entrance! If you wish to buy a drink/claim your free one, this is where your wristband comes in. I mentioned earlier that it acts as your key and money. All you do is order and they’ll scan your wristband, then you just pay for it all when you leave. This is the same for if you’re in the cafe and want food, they just scan your wristband and you pay when you leave.
[Just your friendly guide]
But basically, the lagoon is yours to enjoy for however long you wish to stay there! Most people, us included, average a couple of hours. As I mentioned, we went in February around 11am and at that time, the sun was only just coming up, so we experienced the lagoon amongst somewhat of a sunrise! As I mentioned in my original Iceland post, I bought a waterproof phone case and took my phone into the lagoon. It was definitely a good purchase, for something so cheap, it did the job and we were able to take some pictures to document our trip! I’d highly recommend looking into buying a waterproof case- we did see some people take their phones in as they were and that’s far too brave for me! For a couple of quid, you can have piece of mind. Which leads me to creditting Brown for a couple of these pictures, thanks B!
All in all, I’m glad we visited the Blue Lagoon, it was definitely an experience however, I probably wouldn’t go again. I say the same to people who plan on going, don’t let it put you off, go expereince it if you want to because it is nice, plus you’ve got the t-shirt when people ask you about your trip! I’d recommend it as a one off but wouldn’t revisit myself, so take that as you will.