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The Blue Lagoon was for sure one of the highlights of Iceland for us. I wasn’t positive at first if it would live up to its expectation since it is probably one of the first things you think of when people say Iceland, that and fermented shark thanks to Anthony Bourdain. There is always some skepticism when you are visiting a site so famous and I am happy to report that you don’t need it here. I do however, have some suggestions to make your time here more enjoyable! So here are our top ten tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon!
Book Tickets Ahead of Time
This is huge and something we did not do. Book your tickets ahead of time! We arrived with a bus full of people and were the only ones who didn’t book their tickets ahead of time. Whoops! So that meant that we had to get a colored wristband which designated around what time we could go in. We ended up waiting for about an hour which wasn’t too bad. We were lucky that some people ended up leaving and gave us their different colored wristbands to go in earlier. It was just a bit of a downer after waiting in the airport for three hours for the earliest bus and then getting caught in a hail storm while waiting to check our luggage. (Welcome to Iceland?)
Go On the Way To or From the Airport
It is so easy to get to the Blue Lagoon going either to or from the airport. There are buses that run daily that will take you there and you can combine your bus ticket and entrance ticket. The schedule is super easy to figure out and incredibly convenient. The Blue Lagoon is located almost 50km outside of Reykjavik and only 23km from the airport so it makes sense to combine those journeys. Personally I would go when you first arrive in Iceland so you don’t have to worry about a time crunch and….
It’s the Best Way to Kick Jet Lag
Seriously, it is. We had a red eye from New York and when you arrive bleary eyed in Iceland at 6am there is nothing more soothing than a stop at the Blue Lagoon. We were there for a couple of hours just laying in the water, relaxing and letting the jet lag just float away. Plus you can always get a message if you truly want to relax and let the aches of your international flight to fade away.
If you are heading here either to or from the airport you most likely are going to have luggage unless you are some kind of magical super packer (which I decidedly, am not). Well have no fear, you can store your luggage on site but it is going to cost you 3€ per bag which is not astronomical. Also if you are checking your luggage make sure to grab your swimsuit and towel before you check your luggage as the luggage storage area is separate from the main entrance.
Bring a Towel
Speaking of which, you should definitely bring your own towel. You can rent them there but it’s just another added expense (the Blue Lagoon is not cheap) and if you have a unique towel you will be able to find it easier when you get out. Alex and I both have travel towels which are basically large “Sham Wow” towels that dry very quickly. These have been so handy! I actually didn’t think we would use them at all but sure enough we used them our first day out of the country!
On Site Lockers
These lockers are going to be where you store everything while you are in the water besides your larger pieces of luggage. The lockers are connected to your wristband which you need to enter the lagoon. They also will allow you access to whatever locker you choose. The process can be a little tricky as the diagram isn’t super helpful but I found that people were more than willing to help each other out!
The Cafe is Pricey
If you can, eat before you arrive here or hold off until you leave. The food is expensive here and it is nothing special at least in the cafe. There is a high end restaurant here with lunch entrees starting at $35 but due to the price we decided to bypass the fancy lunch. They do have free wifi in the cafe however so if you are stuck waiting to enter the lagoon then take advantage of that at least!
Free Silica Mud Masks
I am sure you have seen the pictures of people with mud all over their faces and the good news is it’s free! They have the silica mud located in different pockets all over the lagoon and it is totally free to use. It is supposed to smooth and soften your skin and is supposed to be really good for building collagens (whatever those are… I am not on top of what’s going on in the beauty world) but it is fun to play around with. Personally I think I’ll live if I don’t put anymore slimy mud on my face again.
What I did like though was that several people came around and offered different serums and lotions to try that they offered in their shop. These were very welcome as I found my skin was quite dry actually from the exposure to the water, mud and the sun. They also aren’t pushy about selling these things either. They just offer them to you and let you know where you can find them.
Take Pictures Beforehand
This is a big deal if you are trying to take some really great photos of the Blue Lagoon as once you turn in your wristband you can’t go back to take photos even if they tell you you can. I ended up having to go through the cafe and pop out on the side of the lagoon to take my photos. I was able to capture some good photos but it wasn’t ideal. So if you want some classic photos of the Blue Lagoon take them before you get into the water.
Find the “Hidden” Cave
Our final tip is about my favorite spot in the Blue Lagoon. This “hidden” cave was one of the most peaceful spots we found and it was a good thing too because sometimes you just need to get away from the noise and everybody hanging out by the bar, especially after our flight. This cave is located on the right hand side of the lagoon if you are facing the entrance and is close to the waterfall. The cave has a few benches and was the perfect place to hide. It is also perfect for escaping the elements. The sun may have come out while we were there but that didn’t stop the wind so it was a lovely little escape when we found the cave!
So there you have it, our top ten tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon! It is a fantastic place and we hope that these tips make your time there enjoyable! Anything else you would add to this list?
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