The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It is a geothermal spa, which was formed from a pool from the waste water of a nearby geothermal power plant in 1976. Afterwards in 1981, people came to believe that the water had healing powers and started bathing in it. It is less than an hour from Reykjavik and definitely worth checking out. Here are a few things you should know before going to the Blue Lagoon:
1. Go later in the afternoon.
It is less crowded so you have more room to roam around the lagoon at your leisure. It looks huge, but it is not a big as you think it is. If you are already there after the lagoon closes, you are allowed to stay 30 minutes extra after the official closing time. Hanging out in the Blue Lagoon after hours? Sounds pretty good to me!
2. Don’t purchase the extra mask treatment options.
Instead of paying more money for one of the packages or the Algae Mask at Lagoon Bar, take advantage of the Silica Mud Mask that is included. I didn’t even know about it until I stumbled upon it while exploring. There are crates scattered around the lagoon filled with silica mud, free for you to use. It is suggested to put it on and leave it for 5 minutes until washing off. It made my skin silky smooth!
The lines can get incredibly long and availability can also become sold out. The lagoon looks huge but spots can fill up fast especially in high season. The last thing you want is to wait on a long line, only to find out there’s no more room!
4. Bring your own towel.
If you purchase the cheapest option, it does not include a towel. The lockers are included, so you do not have to worry about your stuff, however you will be charged an extra €5 for a towel.
5. Keep your hair out of the water.
I definitely had the urge to dunk my whole body under the warm, cozy water, but had to stop myself from doing so. The sulfur and other components in the water are very damaging to your hair so if you have long hair, make sure to tie it up! You will be glad you did.
Walk around and explore the different areas of the lagoon. There are caves, waterfalls and mud mask crates scattered all over. As you move around, you will also feel that each area is heated differently than each other so wander around and find your perfect spot to relax in.