After seeing so many pictures of the Blue Lagoon on social media, Blue Lagoon became one of my travel bucket list items.
So when I saw a flight deal to Iceland, I immediately looked into days I could take off from work and convinced my friends to join me. And within a few hours, my flights were booked to go to Iceland! Impulse trips = the best :)
And of course, one of the must visit places in my Iceland itinerary was Blue Lagoon.
Below is a list of things to help you plan for your trip to Blue Lagoon based on my experience.
Before you go:
1. Figure out how to get to Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is about a 20 minute drive from Keflavik International Airport, on the way to/from the airport to Reykjavik. And from Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik is about a 50 minute drive.
So what most travellers end up doing is:
- going to Blue Lagoon at the beginning of their trip to Iceland, straight from the airport, or
- going to Blue Lagoon at the end of their trip to Iceland, before going to the airport
If you are going to drive to Blue Lagoon, then you need to book your car rental from the airport instead of from Reykjavik. We booked our car from here in advance for rental at the airport.
There are also hourly shuttle buses you can take between Keflavik airport, Blue Lagoon, and Reykjavik. They also have luggage storage available at Blue Lagoon for those that are travelling by bus.Click here for the shuttle bus schedule.
2. Book your Blue Lagoon ticket online (pre-booking is required)
There are 4 types of tickets you can purchase.
The standard ticket includes entrance to Blue Lagoon and Silica Mud Mask. This is the cheapest/basic option and is 5,400 ISK (=about $62 CAD or $48 USD) in the winter season. The other tickets are more expensive and have other options included, but I didn’t feel the need for the extras, so I went with the standard ticket. One thing to note with the standard ticket is that it does not include towels – so make sure you bring your own towel if you are getting the standard ticket.
Robes are for extra charge or you can get a ticket that includes robe rentals.
For all of the ticket options, pricing, and to book a ticket online, click here.
3. Pack for your trip to Blue Lagoon
Things to pack:
- Towel (if you are getting the standard ticket)
- Flip flops/slippers (otherwise you will have to walk around bare feet)
- Waterproof phone case/camera case (if you want to take photos at the lagoon)
- Sunglasses (the light reflection is pretty strong when the sun is out, so it’s safe to bring one just in case)
- Shampoo & conditioner (if you don’t want to use the standard ones they have in the showers)
What it’s like once you get to Blue Lagoon:
Once you arrive at Blue Lagoon and show your pre-booked ticket (either a printed version or from your phone), they will give you a bracelet.
This bracelet is super high tech – this is the key to your locker as well as the tab for your purchases in Blue Lagoon (ex. drinks, food, etc.).
The change rooms were modern and clean. After you change, you are required to take a shower before you go into Blue Lagoon.
Once you are in the lagoon, you can just soak your body, float around, do a silica mask (free your standard ticket), or grab drinks at the bar. The temperate of the lagoon is warm to hot depending on where you are. It’s such a relaxing experience inside the lagoon that you will just want to float around in there forever!
When I was there in May 2016, beer was 1,130ISK at the pool bar. This gets charged to your bracelet and when you exit Blue Lagoon, that’s when you pay for it.
- Tip: If you have long hair, I recommend that you put your hair up and don’t soak it in the lagoon as the minerals in the water make your hair stiff and hard to wash off.
After you are finished at Blue Lagoon:
The shower facilities have shampoo/conditioner as well as a body wash that you can use. I was careful not to get my hair wet inside the lagoon, but I read from other people’s experiences that your hair will feel stiff even after conditioning your hair multiple times, so again, if you have long hair, be careful not to soak it in the lagoon!
They also have blow dryers you can use after the shower (it was actually a pretty good quality blow dryer – better than the blow dryers I’ve seen at most hotels!).
Once you are done getting freshened up and exit the change rooms, they will scan your bracelet and you pay for your additional charges (ex. drinks at the bar).