If you’ve heard about one thing you just have to do in Iceland, chances are it’s visit the Blue Lagoon! And for good reason. This manmade geothermal spa in Grindavík, is the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. Its a truly unique attraction, with ice blue seawater that ranges from 98-104°F (37-40°C) year round. The cloudy water, that contains silica, algae and minerals is even said to have healing properties. After visiting Blue Lagoon this past March, I decided to put together a list of the top things I wish I had known before I planned my visit.
There are a few different options for tickets ranging from a basic entry to luxury packages and massages. We opted for the 2nd cheapest; a package that included a towel and robe each, plus 2 face masks (silica and algae) and 1 drink from the in-water bar. You read that right, they have a “swim-up” bar that serves beer, wine, cocktails as well as smoothies and other non-alcoholic beverages. I say “swim-up” because it’s not really possible to swim in the blue lagoon (and they discourage it).
Along with our entrance tickets we also each opted to add a half hour in-water massage. More on that below.
It’s very easy to get to the blue lagoon, but at a 45 minute drive, it’s farther than you might think. You have two main options:
1. Take the FlyBus.
You can book FlyBus tickets through Blue Lagoon when you book your entrance tickets, online through their website or in person at the airport. They do pick-up and drop-off at the airport, and in Reykjavik they will stop at your hotel or hostel. The FlyBus is scheduled to match the Blue Lagoon’s entrance times. It’s a super simple, no stress way of getting there.
2. Rent a car.
There are lots of car rental options at the airport and in town.
If you do not drive standard, be prepared to pay more, and have limited options. *This is true of most of europe*.
Get there early
If there’s one piece of advice I hope you take from this post is that you should go to the blue lagoon as early as possible. Get the earliest tickets you can – ideally the very first of the day.
All those magical relaxing photos you’ve been looking at for weeks? That’s probably not your average afternoon.
Blue Lagoon is a tremendously popular tourist destination and by the late morning, it definitely shows!
Arriving at the airport at a crazy early hour? Go strait to Blue Lagoon. It washes off the jet lag, I swear.
Don’t worry if you have your suitcase/back pack/ big bags with you. They have a building near the parking lot where you can leave your stuff. I think it was about 4 euros per bag.
Skip the massage
To be completely honest I didn’t love the massage. It was ok, but in retrospect I’d skip it and save the money. I had a massage booked at 11am. They have a private area in the lagoon where they do the massages and other treatments, just off of the main area. Consequently by 11:00 am it was very loud. I mean children-splashing-and-yelling loud. Not that I have anything against kids, but it does not make for the most relaxing massage experience, especially given the cost.
Do get the algae mask
I loved the algae mask! They suggest you do the silica one first, then the algae. It did wonders for my skin and that’s high praise coming from me, someone who’s suffered with some pretty bad adult acne! Totally worth the splurge on the more expensive tickets.
Drink lots of water
You wont realize how dehydrated you get, so make sure you drink lots of water, especially if you’re enjoying adult beverages at the bar 😉
Condition, condition, condition your hair (or beard!)
I cannot stress this enough. The Blue Lagoon supplies conditioner in the showers. Before you enter the lagoon, coat your hair as thoroughly as possible in conditioner to protect it. Try your best not to get it wet. Keep in mind this is absolutely unavoidable if you are getting a massage. The water wont hurt your hair, but the minerals in the water can dry it out like crazy. Mine was unruly for about a week after, despite wearing conditioner in the lagoon, washing it, and then leaving more conditioner in it afterwards.
Take off all your jewelry
The water will tarnish your jewellery. Do not forget to take it all off! Rings, earrings, body piercings, everything. Upon arriving at Blue Lagoon, they will give you a wrist band that becomes the key to your locker, and acts as your payment for any drinks or food purchases you make (how
cool bad for the budget is that?!). Take advantage and lock away all your shiny things. Even though I removed all my jewellery, from my wedding ring to my nose piercing they still got tarnished from the minerals left on my skin when I put them back on after. The rings in the photo below should be silver!
Get a waterproof phone case
It is way more fun taking photos in the water when your not worried you might accidentally drop your expensive phone into the depths of the Blue Lagoon. They do sell waterproof phone bags at the bar in case you forget, although I think you’re better off putting those funds towards a good waterproof case. The bag’s a great (albeit expensive) idea if you’ve forgotten and still want those great in water photos.
The day I visited Blue Lagoon was quite overcast. Thankfully too because despite my pasty, pasty skin, I never would have considered the possibility of getting sunburned! But a day or two ago, a good friend of mine visited and got a pretty nasty sunburn. You’ve been warned!
There you have it, my top tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Have I left anything out? Have questions? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you!