Guys… I’M BACK. And I return to you with a post on the famous Blue Lagoon!
It has been months since I visited Iceland, and I could totally give you a bunch of excuses as to why I have been MIA for so long… but the truth is I was busy living life! One of the biggest struggles I’ve encountered since starting this blog is trying to find the balance between sharing my experiences, and leaving myself enough time to actually have the experiences. But anyways, I digress.
I was only in Iceland for six days, but I did SO many incredible things that there is no way I could fit it into one post, so I’m going to break it down a little bit. First up – The Blue Lagoon!
The Blue Lagoon is probably one of the most well-known attractions in Iceland (probably in part due to the Kardashian’s recent visit), and for good reason! A massive body of a mystical looking blue water which almost seems to glow, situated between hills of volcanic rock? Um, yeah. No wonder everyone adds it to their bucket list once they see pictures!
To be honest, though, I almost skipped the Blue Lagoon. I did a lot of research before my trip, and a lot of bloggers and reviews told me it was overrated, touristy, and not worth the price. So why did I change my mind?
I didn’t want to regret not going.
Sure, some people may not have loved it, but some people did! And I decided (literally on the way to the airport – so last minute) that I’d rather try it and realize its not that cool, than wonder whether or not I had missed out on something awesome (#noregrets amirite?!). So on my first night in Iceland, after spending the day in Reykjavik, I hopped on a bus and headed to the Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon is actually very close to Keflavik airport, so a lot of people either stop at the Blue Lagoon before heading into Reykjavik, or before their flight home. I chose to explore Reykjavik all day first, and come to the Blue Lagoon around 5pm. This could not have worked out better for me. Because it was later in the day, it was not crowded at all (Which was especially nice when it came to showering naked in front of other people – yes, that is required. More on that later). Plus, the warm water was so relaxing, and helped relieve some of the stiffness from sitting on the plane. AND I got to watch the sunset!
So – let’s get down to business here. You want to go to the Blue Lagoon. What do you need to know?
Blue Lagoon – Know Before You Go
- Yes, you will need to shower naked, and other people may see you. All public pools and hot springs in Iceland require a fully nude shower prior to entry. This is to ensure that people are 100% clean before entering the water (therefore keeping the water clean). I’ll admit – it was pretty awkward at first. But to the locals, its completely normal! And once you realize that the only person who thinks its weird is you, its not all that bad. It’s only awkward if you make it awkward!
- It’s expensive. Price of admission is pricey enough on its own, but if you want to buy yourself a snack or a drink, you can expect to spend a pretty penny on your visit. I was starving after I was done soaking and went to buy a deli sandwich, but quickly changed my mind when I saw that the price was nearly $20! My advice: splurge on the “comfort” entrance package. This includes a towel rental, both face masks, as well as one free drink from the swim-up bar for only $15 more than the basic package. Considering one drink would cost you that much, the upgrade is WAY worth it, in my opinion.
- The face masks will make your skin feel like satin. Seriously, SO smooth.
- The water is awful for your hair. I kept mine in a bun, and put conditioner around my hairline just in case. Basically, the minerals in the water dry out your hair like crazy and make it feel like straw. I would know, because I accidentally got a small part of my hair wet. It goes away after a few days (and lots of conditioner) but either way, avoid getting your hair wet as much as you can.
So, was it worth it?
Ultimately, I really enjoyed the Blue Lagoon! Was it touristy? Yes. Was it expensive? Yes. Was it maybe a bit overhyped? Yes. But I don’t regret going, or feel like I wasted my money – it was beautiful, relaxing, and a great way to spend my first evening in Iceland!
Have you ever been to the Blue Lagoon? Have you been wanting to go? Let me know!