I don’t know what it is about that picture of me hanging onto Luke but I find it hilarious, maybe it’s just me?
Anyway! If you haven’t guessed already this post is about our experience at the Blue Lagoon and why it’s somewhere that I can’t wait to visit – AGAIN.
If you haven’t heard of the Blue Lagoon, it’s a man made, geothermal spa that keeps temperatures of 30-40 degrees all year round. It’s near enough to Reykjavik, but it’s much closer to Keflavik Airport. So logically, unless you plan to visit with an organised tour of some sort, you should aim to go before or after getting on the plane.
There is no denying that the price of the Blue Lagoon is a little bit of a kill joy. You have to book in advance unless you’re traveling with a company. The current price (2nd Oct 2017) is 6100ISK averaging at £43 for the standard “get in and that’s it” package. It jumps to a painful 8100ISK for the comfort package. Which means you’re paying out £57 for an algae mask, a towel and a drink of your choice. But it’s one of those ones where if you don’t cough up – you don’t get to experience the Blue Lagoon so it’s pretty worth it. I guess.
Back to the better stuff! The Blue Lagoon has a bar that you can swim up to, so obviously we got beer. Because what goes best with super hot water that makes your head feel dizzy? ALCOHOL p.s if you’re wondering that’s usually always the answer with us.
Any alcohol in Iceland is pretty damn pricey – i’m not sure how much the drinks were at the swim up bar exactly but be prepared to spend a good £6-8 for a pint. But hey, when in Iceland! The good thing is that they have pay bracelets, they give you one before you get in the water so that you can settle your bill at the end. Pretty awesome that you can get tipsy by the pool and not think about how much damage you’ve done to your purse until you leave, ha!
Other key stuff!
There are free face masks at the Blue Lagoon, you really don’t need to fork out on the special algae masks, in fact if you grab the mud from the bottom of the lagoon and smear it all over yourself – it’s pretty much just as good for your skin as the fancy ones they’re selling!
People warned us of the damage the BL would do to our hair. It’s advised to bring fuck loads of conditioner in order to protect your barnet from the water. My hair was fine afterwards but word of warning: just take some extra conditioner if your hair is not always your best friend.
I’m the sort of person who runs a hot bath, gets in and 5 minutes later dies from overheating. I get all fuzzy and sweaty and light headed. Needless to say I didn’t need to spend too long in the BL before I was trying to escape to the cool air again. In out in out in out. I was literally a human yo-yo. So yeah in other words, it gets uncomfortably hot after a while, IMO.
If you get peckish and you still have money to splurge, the little cafe inside the building has some lovely bits of food, fresh fruit juice and of course more beer.
So that’s pretty much it! I’m so glad I visited the Blue Lagoon and honestly, Iceland as a whole is so spectacular I cannot wait to go again. Definitely worth a trip and probably deserves a spot on your bucket list. Also, as a side note – take someone with you so you can get the obligatory bikini pic against the super blue water. (and so you don’t look like an alcoholic on your own.)
Hope this inspired you to visit, and hope you liked the post! There will definitely be more about our trip to Iceland to come!