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Iceland: The Blue Lagoon

We arrived bright and early in Iceland on Monday, but as usual with our first day anywhere, we decided to take it slow.  We grabbed groceries, unpacked, napped (a nice long nap – thank you, jet lag), and then headed to the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon is probably the most popular attraction in Iceland.  It’s a geothermal pool with water rich in minerals giving it that milky blue color.  It’s not cheap to go, but the experience is one of kind.  If you browse the internet, there are a lot of people saying not to bother going because it’s a tourist trap (there are other geothermal pools that cost significantly less), but with a family we found it most convenient and, I mean, it’s not like we’re in Iceland every day to bypass the most popular attraction.

I remember Dominic wasn’t happy when we first started going in to the lagoon. He was mostly in a state of disarray because he had to go with Tristan to the showers and didn’t know where I went for the 10ish minutes prior to going into the pool, so it wasn’t the water that was the issue!  It took me singing “Life is a Highway” to calm him down, then he just fell in love with it (he’s in a Disney/Pixar Cars phase).  We were wandering around for at least an hour, enjoying some juice at the swim up bar, and doing both the mud mask and the algae mask.

We were in love.  The water is about 100 degree Fahrenheit, but with the outside weather being about 50 degrees, the water felt just perfect.  There are some pockets that are warmer than others, but it was never anything that would make you wince.  It was perfectly comfortable, and, we felt, completely worth the price.  It was a great way to start off this trip by relaxing and unwinding together at one of the 25 wonders of the world.

  

TIPS:

  • Book your tickets in advance on the site!  This will help you plan your day and also avoid the risk of arriving when a timeframe is full.  Here, we also added on the towels, a drink, and the algae mask.  The silica mud mask is already included in the basic ticket.
  • Don’t go during the afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds. We bought the 7pm time and felt that it was perfect.
  • Bring your own flip flops and towels to wear around. They have these here, but you’ll need to pay extra for them.
  • If you’re bringing children, they offer arm floaties to borrow for free.  We chose to bring our own puddle jumper since it’s what Dominic was comfortable with.
  • Blue Lagoon is located between the airport and the city of Reykjavik.  Many people stop at the lagoon after they arrive at the airport or on their way to the airport before departing due to the location.  We opted not to, but if you decide to do this, it is convenient and there is space to lock up your luggage if you feel the need to.
  • You’ll need to shower prior to going in so expect naked people walking around.  There are separate men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • There is a cafe inside, and you’ll likely be hungry after all of that wading.  It is expensive though as most food is in Iceland.  We bought 2 sandwiches, a salad, and a smoothie.  It came out to about $50.
  • The pool is not deep.  You don’t need to know how to swim; instead you’ll probably be crouching down to keep your body covered by the warm water 🙂

Check out my posts on the Golden Circle, the Southern Coast, and stay tuned for Reykjavik!

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