I know what you’re thinking, another Blue Lagoon post. Everyone who goes to Iceland stops at the Blue Lagoon and for good reason. I researched quite a bit before going and found a lot of tips, one of which was to skip it all together, but I definitely disagree with that. While it is a cliche stop, there are usually reasons that these stops are “musts”.
For the Love of Wanderlust’s Tips for the Blue Lagoon
✈︎ Make a Reservation – This is a requirement (although, I’m sure they probably allow people to come without reservations), but it’s also good to do beforehand because then you can select your package. Prices vary depending on the season, winter being the cheaper time to visit, but don’t let the cold weather deter you from taking a dip.
✈︎ Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate – I wish I had been better about this. Like any other spa or hot tub experience, staying hydrated is key. Who wants to feel dehydrated during such a relaxing experience?
✈︎ Don’t Fret About Changing Rooms – I heard several people say that they are totally intimidated by this because they don’t like changing in front of people. While that isn’t my favorite pastime, there are definitely places to change in private. Also be aware, though, that you will be seeing other people’s naked bodies, just so you aren’t jarred if this is a new experience.
✈︎ Your Hair Will Recover – For me, my hair is extremely oily, so the silica in the water actually made my hair feel normal. However, I have read tons of posts about people freaking out that their hair was totally ruined by this experience. My mom got her hair wet (which is normal to dry) and it just took a few washes to get it back to her normal, and even my oily hair was only affected for a few days. Do take advantage of their conditioner though. It’s pretty incredible.
✈︎ Consider The Time of Your Visit – A lot of people plan their visit to the Blue Lagoon heading to or coming from the airport, as it’s a bit out of town from Reykjavik. While this is practical, I liked going in the middle of the week to rejuvenate + pamper ourselves after a couple days of adventures. If you’re pressed for time, though, and have to stop to or from the airport I recommend visiting th Blue Lagoon upon arrival. When I go back, I would also really love to go for sunrise (in winter) and sunset (in summer). It sounds extra-awesome!
✈︎ Bring A Waterproof Case for Your Phone – They sell those pouch things here, but for much more than you can get elsewhere. I took my GoPro, but instantly wished I had bought a case for my phone instead. Then, I was going to bite the bullet and buy one of the overpriced pouches and they were sold out! Especially being a blogger, I wished that I could immediately view the photos I had taken (the curse of my model of GoPro).
✈︎ Relax – This seems silly, but I actually saw a lot people who hopped in, got there pictures/moments checked off and then hopped out. We definitely soaked for a couple of hours and took time to relax. Sure, we took silly photos and checked off the list of things included with our package, but then we explored the whole area.
✈︎ Don’t Let the Weather Change Your Plans – Now, if there’s a lightening storm, be smart. However, we got sleeted on, but it wasn’t upsetting at all because you’re warm and toasty in the water. If you get cold, dip a bit. Not to mention, the weather in Iceland is constantly changing, so simply wait 5 minutes and the rain could pass. Plus, rain leads to rainbows!
The Blue Lagoon is a well-oiled machine. You receive a bracelet that you scan for everything you purchase, so you don’t have worry about bringing any cash or a card into the Blue Lagoon. You simply leave your personal belongings in the locker that’s provided. And, you guessed it, the bracelet is the key to your locker. Also, you receive a specific color to let the workers know which masks you’ve already paid for.
What Package Should You Get?
I purchased my mom + myself the Premium Package for her Christmas present last year and it was really nice! However, you can check out which package looks best for you.
If I was returning in the summer, I would purchase the Comfort Package. [Includes your entrance, a towel rental, your first drink, algae mask, silica mask.] A bathrobe doesn’t seem as necessary when it isn’t 32 degrees outside and the slippers were just flip-flops.
In the winter, I would stick with the Premium Package. [Includes everything above, a bathrobe rental, slippers (flip-flops) to keep, dinner reservations + a free glass of sparkling champagne.] We didn’t end up using our reservation, but it was still REALLY NICE to have the warm robe in the winter, and I think next time, I would maybe go ahead with the massive restaurant splurge.
Why Use the Silica Mud Mask?
This mud mask is naturally produced in the Blue Lagoon. It makes your pores less visible and leaves your skin feeling, and looking, fresh + clean. After 5-10 minutes simply wash it off in the Blue Lagoon. To give our skin a break, we went to get our drink from the swim up bar before giving the algae mask a shot. We chose the blueberry smoothie, but next time I’m going for the wine. It just seems extra-luxurious.
Why Use the Algae Mask?
The Algae Mask feels a bit more like an anti-aging cream. It helps fill in fine lines and rejuvenate skin. This mask should leave you with a radiant glow. For me, however, it left a red glow. I don’t think I was allergic or anything, it just made my face red for some reason. A few others experienced the same thing, including my mom and Stacey. The redness went away shortly. If you’re wanting your perfect Blue Lagoon pic, I would try to take it before your Algae Mask.
Helpful Hint: The Blue Lagoon has employees sitting on the wooden decks in the lagoon who have tablets. They’re not just people who forgot their swimsuits and are passing time on their tablets. They’re there to take your photo! It’s a nifty keepsake and brilliant idea. The photos are 100% free and they email them right to you. [This photo was provided by them. Thanks, ladies!]
The building on the left of this photo that you can just barely see, is the mask bar. You just swim up, more like walk, as the water is just under 5 feet high in most places, and get your masks to lather on and enjoy. The Silica Mud Mask is on the outside where you can help yourself. The Algae Mask is behind the bar. However, if you’ve not pre-paid for the mask, no worries, you can scan your bracelet.
The building you can see here is the cafe where you can grab snacks or a light meal before or after your time at the lagoon. Their menu looked good, but as with most other tourist attractions, the prices are pretty steep.
Helpful Hint: I heard that you shouldn’t wear contacts in the Blue Lagoon. However, I did and was perfectly fine. Avoid getting water in your eyes, obviously, but don’t stress about it. I was very happy to have been able to see. Besides, even if you bring glasses, they tell you not to get your lenses in the water because it can be harmful. So, basically, just keep the water away from your eyes.
The Blue Lagoon is much larger than it appears. There are inlets all around with fewer people or even no people. It is still possible to have a more private spa-like moment.
Leaving the Blue Lagoon is a breeze! Before leaving I was sure to jump in their shower and use their famous products one last time. They’ve truly thought of everything, they even provide bags for your wet swimsuits! After changing, you simply drop your towels and robes in the hamper and go back downstairs. There, you scan your bracelet one last time and pay for anything that you charged. Luckily for us, since we had the Premium Package, we didn’t have to charge any extra.
Everyone’s experience everywhere is unique. So, be sure to do what’s best for you! Luckily, the Blue Lagoon is extremely accommodating and simple to navigate. More than anything, take the time to relax and soak up all the bliss in the iconic Blue Lagoon.
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