Before traveling, I like to create a comprehensive list of all the places we wish to visit and add them to our downloaded Google maps. This helps us plan out the regions we want to explore, such as northern areas or local spots, and organize our itinerary accordingly.
During our trip to Iceland, we debated whether or not to visit the Blue Lagoon after reading negative reviews about it being a tourist trap and overpriced. We didn't want to waste money on an underwhelming experience. However, after much discussion, Ryan and I ultimately decided that we should give it a chance and see it for ourselves since we were already in Iceland.
For the cheapest ticket ($80) they recommend booking a couple months in advance, so we did just that. Going at night isn’t worth it, because you won’t be able to see a super vivid color in the lagoon. The only perk of going at night if you were in the deep winter season and were able to see The Northern Lights while going for a swim. So we booked our check in as early as we could, at9 am. Which was perfect for us.
When you arrive you’re greeted by super friendly staff that help you with any questions you may have. They give you a waterproof wristband that works like a debit card so when you enter the paid lagoon space you can go and get drinks, food, massages, etc.
You get a complimentary towel to borrow, free silica face mask, one beverage of your choice, and entry to the lagoon (of course).
There weren’t a lot of people in the changing rooms, which of course is separated by gender, so my experience was I had a whole changing area space to myself. You’re required to shower without your bathing suit before entering the space and there are multiple covered showers you can do that at before leaving the lockers. The lockers were big and fit my winter coat, big bag, and boots.
There was body wash and conditioner within the showers. The front desk helper recommended us to put a heap of conditioner on our hair before entering the lagoon, taking jewelry off (you’ll never get it again if it drops inside the lagoon), and putting your hair up for extra protection. The silica dries your hair out and will stay that way for months if you don’t take the extra precaution. I even saw some girls inside the lagoon with shower caps.
The warmth of the pool as soon as it hit your skin, gives you an instant comforting feel. Not too cold, not too hot, just right. The deeper you go into the pool, allowing the water to saturate your skin, calms the nerves. Iceland was freezing, but this soothed the frost.
Tourists gather around the prettiest area of the pool clinging to their phone. Looking for a perfect angle to show off their virtual proof they were here. We pull ours gadgets out for 15 minutes to get that perfect shot then decide to put it away. Taking away from this moment through technology was not our intent when deciding to come here. This is what the Icelandic people used for warmth. Without the geothermal activity going on below them, they surely would have suffered.
As we make our rounds through the pool, we find that the pool is pretty large! It's the perfect warm temperature and there's a bit of steam in certain areas. Each section has its’ own special niche. There’s a volcano area that has unbearably hot temperatures. Some people where comfortably sitting in that area and I questioned their sanity. There was a lovely sauna and steam room that had ample room to fit a good handful of people inside.
The bar area had a line of thirsty patrons. We opted out for drinking this early and instead we went for the green smoothie that had ginger, kale, banana, and a medley of other things. I was so happy that a free drink was included! It was pleasant walking around the warmth of the lagoon while cold liquid entered my belly. There was a row of a seating areas and garbage cans around the edges of where the volcanic rock naturally formed. This blue lagoon is naturally occurring but still was man sculpted and edited to look a certain way.
Also included was a silica/algae mask which sadly dried out my skin and gave me red spots. I blamed it on my latin heritage not being used to the climate, but it dried out Ryan’s face too.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend it to anyone visiting Iceland! Upon leaving around 12pm (you can stay for as long as you’d like once you enter), it was getting a lot busier and more hectic to get around the pool and lockers. If you’re going and don’t want to deal with crowds just catch that early worm and wake up a tad earlier than you normally would. We promise you it’ll be worth it for a beautiful experience such as this.
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