No trip to Iceland would be complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Thousands of people frequent this highly sought-after destination each day, and for good reason. It’s sky blue, hot tub-temperature waters beckon even the most skeptical travelers into its shallow abyss. If you’ve got a trip to Iceland planned, or simply have it on your ever-growing bucket list, there a few things you want to know before heading to the Blue Lagoon. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to know to make your visit to the Blue Lagoon a memorable one.
Book in Advance
Due to its increased popularity, one can’t simply stroll into the Blue Lagoon and expect to be able to wade in its waters. Instead, you must book a ticket in advance. Tickets can be purchased directly on the Blue Lagoon website and visitors can only arrive at their dedicated time slot to prevent overcrowding.
I would recommend booking your ticket as soon as you know the dates you’ll be traveling to Iceland. Since it is close to 20 minutes from the airport, I’d recommend going either straight from the airport or after you drop your belongings off at your hotel/guest house. Popular times book fast, so it’s imperative to book ahead of time to get your desired time slot.
Leave Your Wallet in Your Locker
One of the best parts of the Blue Lagoon is you can purchase nearly everything with the swipe of your wristband. Upon arrival, you will receive a rubber wristband, colored according to the package you purchased online. This wristband grants you access into the lagoon, a locker in the locker room, and is used to start a tab. You can purchase items from the bars, reception, wellness, and restaurant with your wristband, eliminating the need for you to carry a bulky wallet or clutch in or around the lagoon.
Hydrate at the Tap
One of my favorite parts of Iceland was the water. YES! The water! The water in Iceland is some of the purest, coolest, most refreshing I’ve tasted in my life. And this is coming from a girl who prides herself on confidently saying water is my favorite beverage in the world. I know good water when I taste it, and can say with a resounding heck yes that it is safe to drink the water straight out of the tap in Iceland. Luckily, you can get a taste of this water straight from the tap in the lagoon itself. Simply swim to the bridge and you’ll find a faucet beneath the bridge where you can fill a cup full of delicious Icelandic water.
Leave Conditioner in Your Hair
If you plan on dipping your hair in the water, be advised that some people have reported their hair has been damaged from the lagoon’s warm waters. To avoid this, leave conditioner in your hair before entering the lagoon. All visitors must wash themselves before entering the lagoon in the shower locker rooms to begin with, so this isn’t too hard of a task to complete. Our rental car company shared this tip with us, and I can assure you you won’t see it listed on any of their marketing materials.
Keep that mane long and luscious and lather up beforehand.
Plan What to Pack in Advance
Before you head to the Blue Lagoon, create a checklist to ensure you don’t forget an essential item. The items I’d recommend bringing with you include:
- Old swimsuit
- Waterproof phone/camera case
- Hair tie
- Hair brush
- Old flips flops
- Towel (to save money)
- Comfortable clothes to change into after
Locker rooms feature lockers to store your personal belongings in as well as blow dryers to dry your hair after. Shampoo, body wash, and conditioner are also provided.
Try the Blue Lagoon Silica Mask
Take full advantage of the time and money you spent to gain access to the Blue Lagoon by lathering on a Silica Mask. Silica masks are included in the admission price and can be found at a swim up bar on the left side of the pool. An attendant will provide you with a large enough amount the slather on your face. For best results allow the Silica Mask to soak in your skin for a good 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Algae masks are also available for an additional price. We tried both the silica Mask and algae mask and I honestly couldn’t tell if there was much of a difference between the two, but can remark that my face felt baby-smooth after application. If you’re there for a few hours, why not add on the additional mask.
Bring Your Own Towel
While it may be cool to dry yourself off in a custom-branded Blue Lagoon towel, this also comes at a price. Towels are not included with your visit to the Blue Lagoon, however they are a luxury to have when changing back into your dry clothes. If you want to avoid the high price of drying off with one of the lagoon’s towels, bring your own instead. Not only will you avoid the risk of having your towel stolen and having to pay the theft fee, you’ll also be able to easily spot which towel is yours.
In a sea of similar towels, I’m unsure if I wiped myself off in someone else’s sweat at the end of my visit. Save your money and hygiene by bringing your own towel.
Treat Yourself to Icelandic Cuisine
The Blue Lagoon is more than just a mystical pool of water to soak in with strangers. It also features spa treatments, a gift shop, a 15-room hotel, and a renowned restaurant. The Lava Restaurant is a good introduction to Iceland cuisine, and while a little pricey, it is worth it to splurge during your first visit to Iceland. The restaurant features a number of eclectic food items ranging from reindeer to arctic char. It also has favorite delicacies such as fresh-caught Icelandic lobsters. Treat yo’self and indulge at the Lava Restaurant if your budget allows for it.
Plan What Time is Going to Work Best
The Blue Lagoon is generally open between 8AM-10PM every day of the year, including holidays. There are certain seasons where hours vary, and holidays the lagoon closes earlier than usual. For an accurate list of the Blue Lagoon’s hours of operation, click here. Visitors are permitted to stay in the lagoon for up to 30 minutes after closing. To ensure you’re going to get the most out of your Blue Lagoon experience, I’d recommend planning to allocate at least 2-3 hours of time.
As aforementioned, it’s best to book your time in advance in order to select the exact time you want. Please note that times earlier and later in the day will be more affordable. High traffic usually occurs during the middle and late afternoon where booking prices may be considerably higher.
Bring a Waterproof Phone Case
One of the most essential parts of visiting the Blue Lagoon is capturing footage that you were indeed there. You’ll likely want to have your phone nearby to have proof that this surreal place truly does exist. Yet you want your phone to be safe while doing so. One slight wrong movement of your finger and you may find your phone plunging into the warm depths of the lagoon.
To avoid a costly replacement, purchase a waterproof case beforehand. They cost as little as $10 on Amazon and will save you money and stress.
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge needed to make the most of your time at the Blue Lagoon, it’s time to get to planning!
Have any additional tips you’d share with my readers? Leave your advice in the comments below!