One of Iceland’s most famous attractions is the relaxing, steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon and I sure as heck wasn’t planning to miss an opportunity to get some pamper time during my trip!
The Blue Lagoon resort can be found around 45 minutes drive from downtown Reykjavic and about 20 minutes from Keflavik Airport. This means it’s the perfect place to hit on your way from the airport to the city, or vice versa. There’s numerous bus companies that stop at the Blue Lagoon en route to the airport or to the city and the majority of of tour companies offer special tours to the Blue Lagoon if you’d rather not get the bus.
If you’re visiting the Blue Lagoon resort on the way to or from the airport then you’ll find ample luggage storage space in the outbuilding before the long path that leads to the entrance.
When we arrived it was snowing a lot. As we walked up the path to the entrance the wind was blowing the snow into our faces and I buried my head into the hood of my jacket. I couldn’t help but wonder how pleasant this experience would be in a blizzard?!
We had booked our tickets online in advance and we arrived a few minutes before it opened. There was already a lot of people waiting to buy tickets but we were able to queue in a different line and were the only people there when the desk opened. I would absolutely recommend getting to the Blue Lagoon for it opening as by lunchtime came the water was really busy and people were struggling to locate free lockers in the changing rooms.
There are a number of different packages you can book when visiting the Blue Lagoon and they each offer different add ons as well as your entry to the lagoon. You can find all the information on the different packages and prices by clicking here.
The standard experience simply covers your entry to the resort. You can add on towel rental if you wish if you’re travelling light and don’t have a towel with you. With all packages your time in the resort is unlimited and you’ll be given a wristband which you use to open and close your locker and any purchases you make are registered and you pay on departure. Clever!
The next package is the Comfort Package which covers your entry to the resort, towel rental, use of a robe, a free drink (either in the water or in the cafe or restaurant) and a volcano scrub or algae mask. This was the package that we had booked although I definitely felt I would have been better saving my cash and going for the standard experience instead. There was very little point in having a robe as you can step out of the changing area and literally into the water inside, which leads you to the outside pool. The robe actually turned out to be more of a hassle than anything and I wish I hadn’t spend the extra on it.
The water of the Blue Lagoon was surprisingly warm given the freezing temperatures around us. As I got outside the blizzard was at the peak of its power and I searched for a sheltered spot because although the water was beautiful and warm, the snow and wind snapping in my face definitely wasn’t.
Once my sheltered spot had been found (just beyond the bridge in the above picture) I truly relaxed and enjoyed the experience. Once I’d had enough of floating lazily in the water I headed to the steam room and relaxed in there for a while before dashing back outside into the cold and then into the refuge of the heat of the lagoon.
Most people assume the Blue Lagoon is a natural phenomenon but actually it is man made. The waters of the lagoon are the excess created by the nearby geothermal plant, but it’s definitely not as gross as it sounds. The waters are rich in minerals such as sulphur and silica which are great for skin, especially those suffering with skin conditions. People actually come to Iceland simply for the healing powers of the waters!
There are tubs of what can only be described as gunk dotted around the edges of the lagoon and it’s meant to be wonderful for the skin on your face so don’t be shy. Slap some on, leave for 10 minutes and then wash it off in the water of the blue lagoon.
If I had visited in summer I think I could have spent much longer enjoying the Blue Lagoon experience but after a while the cold on my face was too much and I reluctantly had to get out.
Ladies, the changing rooms have everything you could need to beautify yourself after your experience. There’s showers, big mirrors, hairdryers and plenty of power outlets to plug in tongs or straighteners if you want. I would definitely recommend bringing conditioner for your hair, as mine was so dry afterwards, and moisturiser as my skin was surprisingly dry after its long soak.
There’s even plastic bags in the changing rooms so you don’t have to worry about a wet swimsuit or towel soaking everything else in your bag.
I left the Blue Lagoon feeling relaxed, refreshed and thoroughly content and then stepped back outside into the blizzard, tucking my head even deeper inside the hood of my jacket this time.
Have you been to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon? Would you like to go?