Hello friends! I’m back from Iceland and feeling refreshed & super exhausted all at the same time. This trip was one for the books! I’m so excited to be sharing our entire trip with you over the next couple of weeks on the blog! I’m splitting it up into lots of blog posts because there is SO much to cover! I’m starting with one of the most asked about places-The Blue Lagoon! Did you really go to Iceland if you didn’t go to The Blue Lagoon? Debatable! Keep reading to find out 5 things no one tells you about the blue lagoon!
*disclaimer: This blog post is based completely off of my experience. I can’t promise the experience you have will be exactly the same as mine, but what I can promise you is that I’m being 100% honest and open in sharing my experience with you.
You don’t have to go first thing in the morning to still get great photos. I tried so hard to get a room at the Silica Hotel (approx. $650/night) so that we could REALLY get to experience all that The Blue Lagoon has to offer, but it was already sold out by the time I went to book. Dang! It’s okay though, I’m a true believer that everything works out in the end and in this case I totally think it did! We instead spent our last night in Iceland in Reykjavik (approx. 50 min away from The Blue Lagoon).
I really went back and forth on trying to figure out if it was worth it to wake up at 6am to get to The Blue Lagoon right when it opens (7am), but considering we wanted to stay out late the night before in Reykjavik and also wanted to spend some time the next morning exploring the city, that didn’t really seem like a good plan. Instead we rolled the dice and booked a 2:00pm ticket.
When we got there at 2:00pm we only had to wait on line for 5 minutes before checking in. Obviously this could change from day to day, but going in the middle of the day for us wasn’t so bad! Most people recommend booking your tickets at least a week prior to avoid The Blue Lagoon potentially selling out. That makes a LOT of sense, but what we did instead was wait until the night before and see what time slots were still available and then we booked that one. I recognize we played with fire a little bit here and the next day could have been completely sold out, but it worked for us!
But anyway, The Blue Lagoon is SO big that even if you go during a busy time, you’ll definitely still be able to get some great photos. You won’t have the place to yourself, but you’ll be able to get shots of just you pretty easily.
Ha! Okay maybe the reason why no one talks about The Blue Lagoon being kid-friendly is because they just assume that’s a no brainer? As for me, I had NO idea that kids were welcome at The Blue Lagoon, so I was pretty surprised to see a bunch of kids there. (For the record, I love kids, I just honestly didn’t think they’d be allowed at a place like this.)
The Blue Lagoon has so many different parts to it that I think if you’re one of those people that just doesn’t want to be bothered by kids while you’re on vacation then you can definitely find a secluded corner. The kids didn’t bother me at all, aside from one kicking water into my face (unintentionally, but still annoying). Aside from that there were no issues!
Kids get in free! They do have floaties for children who aren’t strong swimmers to use. Some parts of The Blue Lagoon are shallow enough for a child to stand in, but the majority of the lagoon is between waist-chest height. There are lifeguards stationed around The Blue Lagoon so that’s reassuring!
I was so surprised to find out that their swim-up bar serves more than just alcohol! Looking back now, this makes a lot of sense considering the lagoon is kid-friendly. Not my smartest moment! Anyway, the swim-up bar serves everything from water to soda, from smoothies to La Marca Prosecco, and many more options! I obviously opted for the prosecco, but the smoothies were a very popular choice by the looks of how many people were carrying them around.
As a reminder: your first drink is included with a “comfort” ticket, and your first two drinks are included with a “premium” ticket. If you would like additional drinks you just simply scan your wristband (it’s super high-tech) and pay for the drink(s) at the end. You aren’t allowed more than 3 alcoholic beverages for safety concerns.
If you’re able to find the Frequently Asked Questions page on The Blue Lagoon’s website then you might have come across their showering rules. Online it says that you must shower without your bathing suit on before entering The Blue Lagoon. After being there I can tell you that NO ONE follows this and there’s also no one there enforcing this rule
While everyone I saw did shower prior to going into The Blue Lagoon, most people put their swimsuits on first. Being the rule follower I am I showered before putting my swimsuit on and ugh it was hard to put on after so I definitely get why people might bend the rules here.
There are plenty of private shower stalls available for privacy and I have to say the shower pressure was the best I experienced during my entire trip.
Even after showering post- Blue Lagoon my skin still felt weird. I went straight from The Blue Lagoon to the airport and lemme tell you, it wasn’t a very comfortable plane ride. My skin was so dry even after putting lotion on after my post-lagoon shower. I avoided dunking my face under the water and getting my hair wet and I’m so glad I did! (The reason my hair is wet in the photos is because it was lightly raining.)
My fingers were the worst though. Aside from being super prune-y from spending so much time in the lagoon, they were extremely dry and flakey. Yikes!