Iceland: Blue Lagoon
If you are a regular follower of this blog, you might notice that over the past few months I’ve changed the layout quite a few times. I’ve been going back and forth on styles and themes, but finally have found one I really like. I went through and organized my old posts, but I also wanted to refresh some of my older posts to fit more seamlessly with this new theme. That being said – here’s a re-do of my original post on The Blue Lagoon.
What: The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in Grindavík, Iceland. It’s one of Iceland’s most popular attractions and it’s easy to see why. The Blue Lagoon is located on a lava field, and the pools are full of silica and sulfur. Yes, this means it can smell a little funny but it also means that the mud available to you is super great for your skin. My Greek Husband and I were obsessed with the mud masks that came complimentary with our tickets.
Where: Located a twenty minute drive from Keflavik International Airport, it makes sense to plan your visit to the Blue Lagoon either on your arrival or departure date. Since we arrived in Iceland on an overnight flight, we chose to head to the Lagoon on our last day. It’s totally up to you what you decide, but I really liked that this was the last place we went before we left Iceland. It was great to detox in their sauna, do a face mask and have a quick lunch – we were super relaxed by the time we made it to their airport for our international flight.
Parking: Easy. They’ve got a giant parking lot – which was great for us and our rental car. There are also shuttles that take you to the Lagoon, and you can book bus passes when you buy your tickets!
Crowds: The Blue Lagoon does get pretty crowded – especially with the airport crowds. There are timed slots for entrance but once you’re in, you’re in! I booked our tickets for the first time slot of the day, which meant we had about an hour of soaking before it got super crowded. There is a queue upon check-in – so expect to wait about a half hour between signing in, changing and getting into the water.
Yay or Nay: I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions about the Blue Lagoon but in my opinion, it’s a total yay. Much like everything else in Iceland, it’s a total once in a lifetime opportunity. Yes, there are cheaper geothermal pools you can hit up – and you should – but that doesn’t mean you should skip this trip.
A few other notes on the Blue Lagoon:
· Don’t worry about the public showers. This is the question I get asked most about my time at the Lagoon. On the website it states that you must shower – without your swimsuit – before getting into the water. The website makes it sound like there are only open group showers available, but in all actuality there are individual shower cubbies – so no need to panic if one of your deep dark fears is about public nudity.
· Lather. Your. Hair. With. Conditioner. The Blue Lagoon supplies complimentary conditioner and believe me when I say, put a ton of that on your head. Any Instagram photo you’ve seen of a girl dipping her head in the waters at the Blue Lagoon may look gorgeous but in all actuality that girl just ruined her hair. The sulfur in the water can and will totally fry your hair, and the conditioner is there to keep that from happening.