Most people travelling to Iceland visit the Blue Lagoon, and no wonder it is a pretty unique place. The lagoon has a unique composition and consists of three active ingredients, Silica, Algae, and Minerals, all good for you, particularly your skin. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by dark sandy mountains and fields of lava which creates a beautiful contradiction to the bright blue colour of the lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is one of many geothermal pools in Iceland and we recommend you visit as many as you can!
Where is the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is only 20 minutes from Keflavik Airport (and about 40 minutes from Reykjavik). It’s perfect for visiting before heading to Reykjavik if you arrive in the daytime. You can store all your luggage there for 4€.
Due to its popularity and to make sure everyone gets their spot, you must book tickets in advance. You will probably not get in unless you come at a dull moment (which probably isn’t likely). This doesn’t mean that it is overly crowded. They make sure everyone gets space in the lagoon and will be able to enjoy it. Don’t you worry though, we have got you covered – You can book your transfer tickets and admission tickets from Keflavik airport here and from Reykjavik here.
There is no public transport to get to the Blue Lagoon. Apart from transfers (with or without admission), there are also guided tours of Reykjanes Peninsula that end with a dip in the Blue Lagoon.
Mineral Rich Water
The Blue Lagoon affects your hair. Depending on your hair type and how sensitive you are, you might want to use a shower cap or keep your head and hair out of the water. The Silica in the water is not harmful to your hair, but it can get stiff and difficult to manage. There is conditioning in the showers to help, but it might take a few washes. The Blue Lagoon has both shampoo and conditioner in their showers and they recommend you slather conditioner on your hair before entering the lagoon.
The rules are clear, you have to wash without your bathing suit before entering the lagoon. The same thing applies to all swimming pools in Iceland. We, locals, get really upset when tourists don’t follow these rules, so please – don’t be a dirty tourist!
Make sure you don’t wear any jewellery when going in. You will have to polish it afterwards, and if you lose it, it’s highly unlikely that you will find it again. The water is thick, and you can barely see your own feet.
You can rent a towel and a bathing suit if you don’t have your own for 5€ each. You can also rent a bathrobe for 10€ and slippers for the same price.
Admission – What You Need to Know
If you are travelling with children, notice that children under two are not allowed in the lagoon. There is no entrance fee for children aged 2-13 years old, and 14-15-year-olds get a discounted price.
Finally, take a deep breath, cover yourself in Silica, and relax. That’s what the Blue Lagoon is for!
On a different note, here’s a fun fact for you. The Blue Lagoon is actually not blue; it’s white. If you pour the water into a cup, you will see its actual colour, but because of the daylight, the lagoon appears blue.
Now you go enjoy yourself and hopefully, we will see you in the city.