The Blue Lagoon is aimed to be a magical and awe-inspiring experience for all visitors. We left, glad to have visited, but disappointed it wasn’t as advertised.
Oftentimes, you see images of the lagoon capped in snow and almost deserted. It’s looks foreign and inviting, appearing as though you could wander through the steam rising off the vibrant blue waters without running into any other people. In reality, the lagoon is overcrowded and feels as though you can only access the more private pools by purchasing special access.
In fact, what we will take away from the experience most is that it seems every opportunity to charge you more they will. Prior to arriving we had found a deal online for $28 admission, but when we got there we were told the tickets had to be purchased beforehand so the deal would not apply. Ultimately we spent around $70 per person, keep in mind this didn’t include towels (luckily we had some on hand) or algae masks.
The Four Best Things about The Blue Lagoon
The lagoon is only 20 minutes from the airport and 45 minutes from Reykjavik, perfect for a quick layover adventure or afternoon day trip. Pairing this with the incredible scenery around the lagoon (with exception of the power plant) the location is perfect.
Everyone who worked there was very helpful and made it clear they wanted you to enjoy your stay. Any questions were met with patience and their kindness was truly appreciated.
It’s Camera Friendly
Seriously—you can even take it into the pool itself—just be careful! Being able to take pictures with your family and friends in the lagoon is one of the best parts. Many paid pools in the area don’t allow electronics so it really is special the Blue Lagoon allows cameras.
The temperature and the color of the are incredible and contribute heavily to the otherworldly experience. The lagoon even has warm and cold areas, with temps ranging from 98° F to 104° F, all of which are perfect to relax in.
The Four Worst Things about The Blue Lagoon
While they clearly have a right to charge for their beautiful facilities and a dip in the tranquil waters, the price seems abhorrently high. To help bring these costs down, be sure to book online beforehand.
As Iceland continues to grow in popularity, the lagoon will only get busier. shoot for less busy times between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM or after 6:00 PM to help avoid these crowds and more richly enjoy your experience.
Though not the lagoon’s fault some customers seem to forget basic etiquette and begin sloshing around and hollering across the pool. Again, avoiding peak times will help to alleviate this problem.
It’s Not Family Friendly
Just trust us! Some couples seem to get a little too caught up in the romance of the moment and get a little carried away. If you do take kids along just be sure to stick in more open areas of the pool where more people appear to be on their best behavior.
The Final Verdict
Ultimately, if you have spent the money to get Iceland visit the Blue Lagoon at least once. Be sure to avoid peak times from 10 AM – 2 PM and 4 PM – 6PM, remember to book online as it will save you time and usually money, and remember to pack towels!
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