Ahhhh, Blue Lagoon, a must-see on many travellers’ lists. It’s the most famous geothermal spa in Iceland, and probably one of the most famous in the world. The water is a vivid turquoise and dark volcanic rock surrounds the lagoon to shield swimmers from the harsh Icelandic wind. It is located in Grindavík, which is about twenty minutes from Kelfavík International Airport. That is why many visitors go to Blue Lagoon either on arrival in Iceland or right before they need to go back to the airport to fly home. There are many tour companies that stop at Blue Lagoon. You can take the FlyBus right from the airport.
Admission to Blue Lagoon is pricey. There are four different price tiers ranging from €35 (about $40 USD) to €165 (about $190 USD). We bought the least expensive tickets which included only admission. We brought our own towels and swimsuits from home, but you can also rent them. Even if you purchase your tickets online, you still have to wait in line to check in. They give you a bracelet to wear that allows you to open and close your locker as well as charge food and drinks to your account.
Before going to Blue Lagoon, I was terrified about the locker rooms. I knew that you were required to shower naked before getting into the water, and I read about how the showers weren’t private. So we picked a locker and I nervously changed into my swimsuit, hung my towel on the towel rack and entered the showers. Yes, there are showers that are open, but there are also showers that are private. It wasn’t awkward at all to remove my swimsuit and shower in the cubicles. Next, we hurried outside and into the water. There are some places to hang towels outside next to the pool, but we just hurried in and out (while shivering).
Blue Lagoon is not a natural occurring geothermal pool. The water is heated by a nearby geothermal power plant. We were a bit disappointed by the temperature of the water, some areas were warmish and other areas were a bit chilly. But the water is rich in minerals that are said to help skin conditions such as psoriasis. In the pool, you will find containers of white mud-like face masks that you can smear across your face. We were too scared to try it though! The minerals in the water can be extremely damaging to your hair, so it is recommended that you use conditioner before and after being in the pool. We tied our hair up in buns and were careful not to get them wet. We didn’t stay in the lagoon for very long because I got too cold (I’m always cold). We returned to the locker room and showered again.
There is a restaurant, a snack bar as well as a gift shop. You can buy face masks and other Blue Lagoon brand skin products.
It was an enjoyable experience that I am glad we decided to do. I don’t think I would go again unless I was traveling with someone who really wanted to see it. The facility is well taken care of, modern, beautiful and immaculate so I didn’t feel ripped off by the admission price. Of course there are many many other geothermal pools in Reykjavík (and throughout Iceland) that are significantly less expensive. I will admit that it was nice right after a long plane ride ride.