Travel Guide: The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

So you’re thinking about going to Iceland, huh? The Blue Lagoon is truly a place unlike any other. It’s magical, relaxing and considered the most luxurious hot spring in the world. It’s a must-see on every travelers bucket list, and soon you’ll see why. But first, I’m here to give you the low-down on everything you need to know before you book that trip!

So, what comes with this experience?

It starts off with how you get there. You are able to be picked up directly from the airport, or from your hotel in Reykjavik. If you come straight from the airport, they do have a building where you can lock up your luggage so you can make your time there worry free.

You can either stay at the rejuvenating hotels they have there, spend a day at the Retreat Spa, or just a day of relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. I did a day pass in the Blue Lagoon, which gave me the experience I was looking for. All of the options require that you pre-book before arrival.

With the day pass to the Blue Lagoon, it included:

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica mud mask
  • Use of towel
  • 1st drink of your choice

This was a grand total of $57 (US) which is the cheapest option. They also have premium and retreat spa packages available for a more personalized experience.

What happens when you arrive?

After checking in when you arrive, you will be handed a towel and shown to the changing room. Once you change into your swimsuit you must take a shower before being allowed into the lagoon. They will tell you to lather up your hair with conditioner, make sure you do! The lagoon has high levels of silica, which won’t ruin your hair, but will make it feel very hard and dry because of the mineral build up. You will want to wear your hair up or refrain from getting it wet as much as possible. This was the one thing I wish I had done better, because my hair felt like straw for a few days afterwards. Make sure you pack a deep conditioner for afterwards if you are planning on getting your hair wet.

You are then shown out to the lagoon, where you can hang your towel and robe (if you have one). Then it is up to you to enjoy and relax during your time in the lagoon.

One thing you will notice right away is the lovely smell of rotten eggs! That is because of the high amount of sulphur in the water. Once you get in, the smell will fade away and won’t seem so overpowering, I promise!

In the lagoon, there are many different nooks to sit and relax. The lagoon itself is quite large and there are different stations you can swim to, to enhance your experience. There is the swim up bar where you can redeem your free drink, a face mask bar to put on the lagoon’s signature mask made of silica and algae to renew the skin, and a few different saunas.

When you decide to leave the lagoon, make sure you shower again and use more conditioner to replenish your hair (It’ll thank you later). If you loved the mud mask, you are able to buy it from the lagoon’s skin care line that they have available in the spa. It is quite pricy, but if you’re into skincare, you will get your moneys worth out of it.

How was my personal experience?

I loved using the face mask and noticed an immediate change in my skin! My pores were tighter and it helped to calm the redness in my cheeks. It was also a fun experience to put on with friends, and be able to share a laugh with each other at your muddy faces.

I noticed that in the two hours I was in the water, I never once felt like I was too hot and needed to get out like I do in a normal hot tub. The temperature is warm but not scalding either, think of it as a warm bath.

The day before I left for my trip, I got sick with a cold. After I spent the day here, I was as good as new and all of my symptoms went away. I attributed the cause of this to the natural healing elements of the lagoon. Take it with a grain of salt, but I felt like it was an observation worth mentioning.

Overall, it was an incredible experience that I will never forget, and I got some stunning pictures to remember it by. For me, the day package was well worth it, and I would gladly come back for another visit when I am in Iceland next.

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3 thoughts on “Travel Guide: The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Keep an eye out for more travel guides for Iceland! I’ll be writing more soon, hopefully those will help you feel more prepared for when you decide to go 🙂

  1. You got some beautiful photos! I went a few weeks ago and did a post about it too but my photo’s are mostly taken on a phone so not as good! Great post 🙂