Every country has that one “super duper” tourist attraction that has visitors flocking from all over the globe. In Iceland, Blue Lagoon is without a doubt that attraction and for justifiable reasons. It has a blissful atmosphere that calms and wows you as soon as you step in even with it being massively busy. You feel all your stress escape as you swirl and swim around the open lagoon while pampering and deep cleansing your skin with the silica mask and perhaps sipping on a glass of wine while you relax. There are many reasons why the blue lagoon is a must visit and I have listed below 9(updated) things you should know before visiting the blue lagoon.
Book in Advance
If you have a preferred time and day you want to visit the lagoon, I suggest booking weeks in advance because it sells out fast. The blue lagoon is strict on time. You have to select a time you will arrive and you have an hour within that time period to check-in. You can stay for as long as you wish but you must check-in within the hour selected time or call ahead to make re-arrangement. For example, if you selected to check-in at 7:30 am, you have from 7:30am-8:30 am to check in, there’s no guaranteed entry if you arrive at a later time.
It is not Natural
Yes, this “wonder of the world” is man-made. The land and lava that surrounds the pool are natural, however, the water isn’t. It is a result of “waste water” from the geothermal plant that you will see at different corners of the pool. Don’t let that irk you because it still feels amazing and deep cleanses your skin and the silica mud has been proven to improve the condition of those with psoriasis. You can read more on that here.
It’s close to Keflavik airport
Keflavik airport is about 20 mins drive to Iceland. Therefore, to maximize your time and better plan your trip, you should visit either when you arrive or when you’re departing Iceland. This is a great way to cure a jetlag and/or pamper yourself after all the traveling.
Get ready to strip😜
You’re required to take a shower before getting inside the pool. This is to maintain cleanliness and hygiene which is a good thing. They do provide toiletries in the shower room.
Tip: Bring your own towel, robe, and slippers to save on cost because everything is extra $
Apply Conditioner to your hair
The silica in the water doesn’t mix well with the makeup of human hair and can cause damage and frizzes. Deep condition your hair before and after and apply leave in conditioner (a complimentary one is provided) before getting into the pool. Better yet, put your hair in a ponytail or wear a shower cap.
The clay mask is FREE!
Everything at the blue lagoon cost extra except for the clay mask (well depending on which package you get, the standard package comes only with the white silica mask, and other packages above the standard includes both the silica and the algae) The mask bar a.k.a clay mask heaven (totally made that up😉) you have to swim up to, and someone will assist. You have to first apply the white silica mask and let it sit for about 15 mins or when it dries out, you wash it off in the pool and go back for the green (algae) mask.
Tip: If you bought a standard package, you technically are only allowed the white silica mask, but be nice and ask the lovely lady at the bar for the green algae mask because it is absolutely rejuvenating.
Leave you wallet in your locker
You’re provided with a wristband upon arrival that acts as a charge-band (another made up term). You scan the wristband if you need to purchase something at the restaurant, and bar. The band also serves as your locker key and for exiting the complex. At the end of your visit, the clerk scans your card upon departure and if you have a pending balance, they charge it to a credit card or cash. Your choice!
Tip: Don’t loose it. It’s a whopping $40 if you do.
Bring a waterproof phone/camera case
Selfies make the world go around, and you sure will want to take a million of it, so protect your equipment and come prepared.
FYI: There are designated staff stamped all day by the pool that takes complimentary pictures and emails it all to you. This is an option if you really don’t trust a $10 waterproof case to protect your $700+ phone/camera.
The pool isn’t too deep.
If you can’t swim and worried about getting in the pool, don’t, the pool isn’t that deep. For reference, I am 5’7 and the deepest part of the pool was under my chest when standing. If you’re coming with younger children, however, I do recommend bringing a floaty and I think it is provided at the lagoon (please don’t quote me on that, but if it is I am sure there’s a fee)!
I had an amazing time at the blue lagoon and I think it’s hyped up for good reasons. If you have been to the blue lagoon, please comment down below with tips you may have. If you have any questions about visiting Iceland, check out this post, and/or leave a comment and I will be more than happy to answer. I love reading your comments, so keep em coming:)
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