Okay, I have wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon for months and months, so when we booked our trip to Iceland for the first week of February I was so pumped to go. It was the first thing we did after immediately landing in Reykjavik, and we caught a bus transfer from the airport to the Lagoon with a partner company called Reykjavik Excursions. We booked in advance to avoid disappointment, and the slot we chose for our visit was at 5pm, so we would be able to see the Lagoon in light and night, and relax ourselves after our flight before heading to our hotel.
The Blue Lagoon is a little out of the center of Reykjavik, so it is important that you book transfers either to the airport or into the center. It is super helpful that the Lagoon partners with a transfer company, Reykjavik Excursions, which you can book alongside your Lagoon tickets, and choose a time that suits you. You can also leave your suitcases/luggage at the Lagoon for a small fee, as most people visit either before or after a flight because of its location out of town and near the airport.
After the transfer, the lagoon itself is a short walk from the car park where you can take in the delightful smell of sulphur (cute right?), which after a few minutes of being there you no longer notice (phew). You then queue for a wristband to get you in and out of the lagoon, which also essentially acts as your bank card throughout your visit, and allows you to open and close your locker. Okay, the changing rooms were not my favourite thing in the world because it was very um… open, but there were some cubicles if you are lucky and huge lockers to store all your stuff.
After the changing room experience (?), you can head out to the lagoon. The staff at the lagoon suggest you put conditioner on your hair which prevents it from drying out, but I just shoved mine up in a bun. There are places to hang towels etc. all around the lower floor area leading to the outside, and showers to use before entering and upon exit of the lagoon. It is a mad dash to get from the freezing cold air of Iceland, into the awesome heat of the lagoon, the temperature change is certainly noticeable, and very delightful! It’s really unexpected how hot the water is – it’s amazing that it’s a natural process which heats the lagoon. All very science-y and super. Don’t get me wrong the heat is not unbearable/scolding, it’s pleasant, like a consistent hot bath that never goes cold. The lagoon itself is a lot bigger than I expected, so you are never really that close to other people, and there are loads of nooks to hang out in and slopes to sit on. The only areas that feel a little swamped is the bar area (obviously) and the entrance area. Other than that, you pretty much get your own space – however this may be a different story if you go on peak dates at busy times. We visited on the 3rd of February at 5pm, and the only disturbance we had was a couple asking us to take a photo for them.
My friend and I got classy slushies at the bar, which to be fair were a little overpriced, but also super tasty. We also took full advantage of the free mud masks located at swim up points, and we did two. It was actually quite a relaxing, enjoyable experience, and felt like a stripped back spa. We brought our own towels to save money, but a word of warning, my travel towel was really crap as it got soaked really quickly. Luckily, there are hairdryers in the changing rooms.
The staff were all really lovely and helpful. There is also a café and a restaurant situated around the outskirts of the Lagoon. The restaurant was very expensive upon looking at the menu, so we just had a sandwich and a smoothie from the café whilst waiting for our transfer – the cost of our food was still pretty pricey, however we knew this would be the case as Reykjavik generally is this way.
Overall, I loved the Blue Lagoon, and we stayed in the water for over 2 hours and really didn’t want to leave. I expected it to be a lot more commercialized, however I was pleasantly surprised with how well done it was and how much space there was in the lagoon. I would thoroughly recommend going if you are visiting Reykjavik; although it is expensive for a “glorified swimming pool” it is a wonder to behold and a fantastic experience in general. For all the instagrammers, the photo opportunities are pretty sick too.