There are about a million and one blogs out there about the Blue Lagoon. I don’t pretend that I am an expert, but I recently visited this natural world wonder and I have a few tips to share with first-time visitors.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Let’s dive in, shall we? (Shameless Pun)
Bring Flip Flops to the Blue Lagoon
Most items on this list are available for purchase at the Blue Lagoon, albiet at exorbitant prices. Want to save money? Pack your own flip flops. Most everyone walks around the property barefoot and if you’re any kind of germaphobe, you’re going to thank yourself for packing personal flip flips. Especially in the communal locker room and showers.
Rent a Robe or Bring Your Own
Again, same deal. Renting a robe at the Blue Lagoon will cost you an additional 10 Euro and a towel will run you 5 Euro. Instead, save that cash for a beer at the swim up bar 😉
Paddle to the Swim Up Bar
There are several places to relax and refresh around the Blue Lagoon campus, such as the Lagoon Bar where you can imbibe in wine, beer, or a cold slushie or cocktail to cool you down in the warm water. The Lagoon bar is on the eastern side of the spa.
Wear Your Wristband With Pride
Thanks to the convenient wrist bands you receive upon arrival to the Blue Lagoon, you need not worry about carrying (or losing) soggy money throughout the spa. Simply have your wrist band scanned and the money will be automatically charged for you to pay at the end of the day. Nifty, huh?
Your wristband is also your key to get in and out of the changing rooms and unlock your individual locker. Be cautious to keep your band secure throughout the day and it’s probably a good idea to check your wrists a few times an hour to make sure it hasn’t fallen off. As you can see in my photo above, mine was not tight enough and I got lucky it didn’t fall off. If you lose the bracelet, a fee of ISK 5.000 will be charged, which is approximately $43 USD. Yeah, not fun.
Condition Your Hair
So this is a much-debated topic. There are 2 kinds of people in life: those who refuse to get their hair wet at the Blue Lagoon, and those who don’t G.A.F. and get up all in it, like me, as seen above. Some people say the lagoon water caused their hair to be damaged, dry, and crispy for days after. I didn’t have this problem, but I do highly encourage every Blue Lagoon-goer to heavily condition your hair and put it in a bun to protect your strands. I even went under a few times and had no issue with crunchy hair.
However, I did step inside the locker room a couple times to reapply conditioner as the day went on, I think that is a huge reason why my hair was so protected.
Bring a Waterproof Phone Case
These guys will save your life. Waterproof phone cases are available for purchase at the Blue Lagoon so if you forget yours, don’t fret. You can still take Pinterest-worthy photos in the water using the phone cases provided. Although, they look more like ziplock bags than anything. And you’ll see tourists carrying them around their neck around the spa.
Other Icelandic Geothermal Pools
If you fall in love with Iceland’s outdoor pool tradition, don’t stop at the Blue Lagoon, take a look at Reykjavik’s other spas. You’re likely to meet more locals, and they’re a fraction of the cost of the Blue Lagoon.
Árbæjarlaug – Features an outdoor pool, indoor children’s pool, outdoor paddling pool, water slide and fountains for children, 3 hot tubs, a steam bath and sauna.
Laugardalur – AKA “Hot Spring Valley.” Want the hot water, without the steep price tag in conveniently located Reykjavik? This is the place for you.
Vesturbaejarlaug – Relax with the locals in the hot tubs, lap pool, and multiple heated pools.
Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer – no tourists, just locals here. Indulge in a relaxation room, geothermal pool or steambath. Priced very cheap, about 500kr, approximately $4 USD.