Blue Lagoon & The Northern lights formed the inegral part of our trip to Iceland. Something unique! Our Instagram search has been all about these two. We kept Blue lagoon for the last day of the trip, as it is not weather dependent. We could still swap it with a off day if we have to cancel out any tours because of bad weather.
What is Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is a large outdoor pool that uses water from the nearby geothermal plant. The processed water is a by-product after producing electricity. The naturally heated pool is a major tourist attraction and it was on our bucket list as well. The temperatures are maintained at around 37-40 degrees. Considering the external temperature around 5 degrees or less, it is nice and warm inside the lagoon
We initially thought the water is blue, but it is white and it is not translucent. If you drop something inside the water, it is hard to find out. The Bluish sky & the sun makes the water look blue.
Things to Know before you Go
Best Time to Visit
Shorter day time during the winter season and if you need some good daytime for photography, try to be in the lagoon around 10 am. Sunsets by 4 pm, which will give you some time to enjoy the dusk time as well
Photography in water
A waterproof pouch is always handy while you are inside water. Do not drop your camera into the water, it is hard to locate because of the milky color of the water. Always keep the sling onto your wrist. If you have Waterproof Go pro's, they are the best to take inside the pool
Electronic bracelets & lockers
You will receive an electronic waterproof bracelet upon arrival. This acts as a key for your locker. It can also be used to purchase drinks at the water bar. These purchases get loaded onto the bracelet and you pay when you check out. Basically, you don't need any cash while you are in the lagoon
Pool depth & swimming
The deepest area in the Blue Lagoon is 1.4m/4.7ft. and the shallowest area is less than 0.8m/2.6ft. There will be lifeguards present any anytime in case of any emergency. It is totallysafe for a non-swimmer
Hair Care & Conditioning
The Lagoon water is rich in minerals which will result in your hair getting stiff and rough. As we have read in a number of blogs and experienced it in the pool, our advice is that you can try avoiding your hair touching the water. 90% of the time it is unavoidable. So we have to use the conditioners after leaving the pool to get them back to normal. You can find free to use hair conditioners in the shower area
How to reach Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is located mid-way between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik city. There is no public transport to Blue lagoon. If you are renting a car for your trip to Iceland, it is easy to drive and will take less than 30 minutes.
We booked a ticket online with a tour operator which included pick up and drop from our Accommodation. By pre-booking your tickets, you can skip the queue. You can make a short stop in the blue lagoon before heading to the airport. you can book tickets including your airport transfer
A minibus will pick you up from the accommodation and you will have to transfer to a large coach in the central station. It is the vice-versa when you return. One transfer from your accommodation to the lagoon will be approx 1 hour
We booked through Reykjavik Excursions. There are plenty of operators you can choose from
Reykjavik Excursions - transfer from city to Blue lagoon
Tickets & Transfer cost
We bought the regular entry tickets along with return transfers, which cost us 17500 ISK (10000 INR) per person
Entry tickets to blue lagoon alone start at 6000 ISK (3500 INR). Premium tickets at 9000 ISK (5200 INR), which includes the basic package plus slippers, bathrobe & complimentary drink
You can look at the Blue lagoons website for current prices & their spa programs.
The Blue Lagoon
You have got the whole pool for yourself. You can move around, relax and enjoy the water. We went during winter which made the experience even better. The outside temperature was less the 5 deg and the water temperature was around 37 deg
The Mask bar (free activity)
The Silica mask is free to use and can be found inside the pool area. You can locate them in wooden boxes and it will be a white paste. It is completely safe to use. Feel free to apply it as many times as you wish.
In water bar
You will receive an electronic waterproof bracelet upon arrival.
It can also be used to purchase drinks at the water bar. These purchases get loaded onto the bracelet and you pay when you check out. Basically, you don't need any cash while you are in the lagoon
Walk & Explore
There are many viewing platforms and areas from where you can take pictures of the lagoon. Take some time to walk around and explore the surrounding areas.
In water massage
This is a premium service where you have to pre-book or pay while you are at the lagoon (subject to availability). We saw people taking up this, but felt a bit more beyond our budget. Prices start at 16000 ISK (9000 INR)
You can also stay overnight at the Blue Lagoon
We found this cafe which was more affordable than the in-house restaurants. You can grab a quick & simple lunch
Do Some Silica gel shopping
Conclusion & Our Recommendation
It is one of the most memorable trip we had while in Iceland. Winter is the perfect time to be in the Lagoon. We didn't opt for the luxury or premium options. In our opinion, the basic option is more than sufficient to spend the entire day.
There are many such Hot springs and lagoons throughout Iceland. Most of them are free and can be explored if you have your own means of transportation. Tim is again the essence. If you are in Iceland for the first time, don't miss it. Check it out at least once.
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