As with most of my Iceland guides, this is another long article. Use the jump to links below to read a specific section:
If you are going to Iceland, you have undoubtedly heard about the Blue Lagoon. But if you haven't...
What is the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. Those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition. Over the years, Blue Lagoon has been innovative in harnessing this gift of nature to develop different spa services and products. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world.
Source: Blue Lagoon Website
Now, because it is so popular and named one of the wonders of the world, you are probably thinking that it is extremely touristy and expensive. You would be right. BUT, it is definitely worth going as long as you plan ahead and know a couple things ahead of time.
How do you get to the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik and 20 minutes away from Keflavik airport. I would suggest visiting the lagoon either on your way into Reykjavik from the airport or on your way back to Keflavik airport on your departure date.
Does the Blue Lagoon have luggage storage?
YES! One of the great things is if you are just arriving or about to leave iceland you can store your luggage at the Blue Lagoon. Near the front of the facility, basically in the parking lot, is FREE luggage storage. Make sure you pre-pack a bag to bring into the lagoon. Once inside all packages come with a locker to store your smaller bag.
Blue Lagoon Tips - Know Before You Go
Go Early in the Morning
I went to the Blue Lagoon the first day I arrived in Iceland. Becky (my travel partner) had already picked up the van and after arranging my luggage into the car we headed to the Blue Lagoon so we could be there at opening. This was THE BEST decision we made (literally on accident). From opening, at 7 am, till around 10 am the lagoon is pretty much empty. At 10 am the huge tour buses start rolling in and then it gets really crowded.
Book Ahead - no seriously book ahead
Look, I NEVER take things seriously when it says book ahead. I read that on a website and think OK, yeah, I'll just go at a non-peak hour. No big deal. I hate sticking to a schedule, just in case I want to do something completely different the day of, or because I have commitment issues. Yeah. Probably the commitment issues one.
I didn't book ahead, and got extremely lucky. I was literally the first people to walk in for the day and managed to snag a last minute entrance ticket. My luck ran out when I saw the price and realized I had to pay an extra 1600 ISK (around $16) in a "walk in" fee. Whoops.
Entrance times are at the top of every hour and can be booked and prepaid on their website.
Understand it is expensive. Breathe and move on.
There are 4 different packages to choose from. The CHEAPEST is still 6100 ISK (around $61). Ouch. I know that is expensive. I travel on a really tight budget and hate spending that much money on one attraction.
But here's the thing, the Blue Lagoon isn't just an hour trip. You can stay until closing time once you enter and will probably spend a good 4-5 hours there easily (if not the whole day). Once you are inside there is a huge pool to explore, mud masks to try on, tons of different suanas and steam baths, an indoor relaxation area, a (extremely expensive) cafe and great showers/blow dryers to end your visit.
So my main point, is while is is expensive. It is worth it. I promise.
Click here to jump to which package to book section.
Pack a lunch to bring inside.
ATTENTION Budget Travelers!!! Once you are inside if you leave your entry to the Blue Lagoon is over. So stay as long as you can by packing some food and drinks in your bag! The relaxation area is great! It has nice lounge chairs and over looks the whole pool. Perfect place for some breakfast, or lunch.....or dinner if you stay all day.
Which Blue Lagoon Package Should I Book?
As usual, this comes down to personal preference. I went with the standard package, which is the best option for budget travelers. All packages come with a locker. Then, I brought my own towel in and had a great time. The deluxe package sounds totally worth it though, especially if you want to spend the whole day there. Always #treatyourself
What should I pack for a trip to the Blue Lagoon?
Body wash to shower after
Shampoo and Conditioner
Dry Bag or Waterproof case for your phone/camera
Snacks, Sandwich, Granola etc
Change of clothes
Sunscreen (that 24 hour sun is no joke)
If you do forget anything they have add-ons when you arrive. The Blue Lagoon even rents bathing suits!
Read on: What to pack for a trip to Iceland
Arrival and Showering Before
Once you arrive to the Blue Lagoon you will check in and receive a bracelet. This will help you access the lockers and pay for drinks at the bar or food at the restaurant. Whenever you buy an item the bracelet will be scanned, as you leave you pay for your items with the card on file.
Once in the locker room you can store your bags and clothes. BEFORE heading to the pool you will have to shower without your bathing suit. Don't worry too much about nudity, the showers are in frosted shower stalls. Inside the stalls is body wash and conditioner for your hair. Scrub down and LOAD your hair with conditioner. I suggest not letting your hair get wet in the Blue Lagoon, especially if you are blonde. From that shower you can put your bathing suit back on and head into the pool.
Inside the Blue Lagoon Pool
The pool itself is HUGE. The entrance is nice and slopped with rails to hang on to so you don't slip. Once in the pool to the left are the steams, saunas and free mud mask station. To the right is the poolside bar and indoor restaurant. Make sure you explore the pool and enjoy the magical mineral water healing powers.
Pool Side Bar Prices at the Blue Lagoon
It is expensive - just like everything in Iceland. A juice drink was around 900 ISK ($9) with beer costing closer to $15. The pool limits each wristband to 3 drinks per person for safety reasons.
Should I wet my hair at the Blue Lagoon?
I would suggest NOT to wet your hair. I did and it wrecked my hair for two full days after. It severly drys out your ends is hard to get out. I showered after and used three rounds of conditioner AT the pool. Still my hair was awful for the next two days. Not a great start to Iceland photos.
P.S. I created a super in-depth FREE travel guide for Iceland. Inside the guide are budgeting tips, where to take the best Instagram photos, maps to hidden hot pots, and so much more. I wouldn't go to Iceland without it!
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for Iceland along with you. Here are some of the best travel guide books I recommend...
One of the most common questions I get: What is the best camera for travel photography? I personally love my Nikon D5600. I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens (for Nikon) which I am genuinely obsessed with.
And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com).