The Blue Lagoon is an amazing place for relaxation but it was the one thing that made me the most anxious prior to our trip to Iceland. We had an amazing time at the Blue Lagoon and it was one of our favorite things about Iceland! I just wish someone who have told me these things before we went…
I am going to share with you my anxieties and tips to avoid them.
1) How to get tickets? What package should I get?
You always hear about pre-booking tickets to the Blue Lagoon or you wouldn’t get in. I cannot verified if this is true or not because I pre-ordered my tickets. We booked our tickets for 9am because it was slightly cheaper. Tickets can be pre-booked online very easily and I would rather pre-book than miss out on the Blue Lagoon!
There are a few different packages you can get and I wasn’t sure which one to buy. After some research, we decided to go with the most basic package based on the fact that we could bring in our own towels and flip flops and the silica masks are free for all.
2) How to get there?
If you look on the map, the Blue Lagoon is located close to the airport but it is a little further away from Reykjavik. We were not planning to hire a car and we weren’t sure of how to get there.
We discovered that Gray Line offers airport transfer from Reykjavik with a stopover at the Blue Lagoon. Essentially, you can decide if you would like to visit the Blue Lagoon right after you land or right before you fly. We went right before our flight home because we wanted to be all relaxed before going home.
Gray Line has a timetable so you can plan what time you want to get the shuttle into town or to the airport afterwards. Our flight was at 5:45pm and we took the bus from the Blue Lagoon at 2pm and arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare. The journey from the Blue Lagoon to the airport was around 20 minutes.
3) What to do about the cold?
Going in November, we were prepared for the cold. We have heard that once you get inside the lagoon, you will warm up.
It is all true, it is cold when you first step outside but you warm up once you get into the lagoon. You get all toasty and warm so when you get out, it’s not as cold. If you are really worried about the cold, you can also exist via an indoor pool exist to help you acclimatise.
We actually paid €9 to hire a bathrobe each. This is not necessary for most people but we decided to do that because we wanted to take a lot of photos outside of the water and the person taking holding the camera would be pretty cold!
Another advantage of hiring a robe is that you can keep your towel dry and reserve that for your final shower there. No one enjoys a soggy towel!
4) Do I have to shower naked?
It is well known that Icelandics likes to keep their pools clean. You are required to shower naked before entering the Blue Lagoon.
However, they have plenty of showers with doors so you don’t have to worry about privacy.
5) How do I take photos there?
Being Instagrammers, getting epic photos is always on the forefront of our minds when we travel. For this reason, capturing the perfect photo became a major source of stress for us.
Water and cameras do not generally mix well together… So we decided that one of us will stay on dry land while the other person gets into the lagoon. This is where our hired robes came in handy.
Graham stayed out with our compact camera, snapping away while I posed like an idiot in the pool. It was still very cold and therefore we didn’t do it for very long.
After the mini photo shoot, Graham took the camera back to the changing room and left in the locker so it can stay dry and secure.
We also had with us our GoPro camera as well as a waterproof case for our phone. We were able to take some selfies with the GoPro and the phone but the qualities of the photos were not the best. We got brave and actually took the phone out of the waterproof case to get a few snaps.
We saw a lot of people entering the lagoon with their phone held above their heads in hope to keep it dry. This looked pretty tiring and their hands looked very cold! We would definitely recommend a waterproof case if you wish to bring your phone in.
6) What do I do with my luggage?
We were picked up by Gray Line and taken straight to the Blue Lagoon. We had a big suitcase and a smaller carry on. There is a luggage storage place in the car pack, right next to the Blue Lagoon sign.
Each piece of luggage cost ISK 550. They give you a ticket and you pay inside the Blue Lagoon right at the end before you leave.What if I get hungry?
You are not allowed to consume food brought from outside in the Blue Lagoon so you have no choice but to purchase food there. You can either eat at the restaurant but please note that you are expected to be fully dressed there. So only go before or after you have finished with the Blue Lagoon.
There is also a small cafe that sells sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks when you come out of the changing rooms. Food there is very over priced but again, you have no choice! We were glad we hired a robe because we were able to sit at the cafe to enjoy our expensive lunch.
If you are not at the Blue Lagoon for long, we would advice you to avoid eating there all together!
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We hope these tips are useful and you can feel more relaxed about going to the Blue Lagoon!
** Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Gray Line Tours. Our transfer to the Blue Lagoon was complimentary but we paid our entrance fees for the Blue Lagoon itself. All the opinions expressed at entirely our own.**