The Blue Lagoon is aimed to be a magical and awe-inspiring experience for all of its visitors. We left, glad to have visited, but disappointed it wasn’t as advertised. Maybe it wasn’t one of the best things to do in Iceland? Maybe we just caught it on a busy day? Read on for our review of the most-famous “things to do in Iceland”.
Oftentimes, you see images of the lagoon capped in snow and almost deserted. It 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 passes. That’s probably because anyone who’s searched “things to do in Iceland” found the Blue Lagoon on the first page.
What we will take away from the experience 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), algae masks, or access to the “special” pools. Be sure to let us know what you think of our review below in the comments and if you’re feeling extra kind shoot this post a like and a share, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get too far, remember to…
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The Four Best Things about The Blue Lagoon
The Location of The Blue Lagoon
The lagoon is only 20 minutes from the airport and only 45 minutes from Reykjavik, perfect for a quick layover adventure or afternoon day trip. Check out our other blog if you’re looking for free things to do in Reykjavik after you visit the Blue Lagoon. Pairing this with the incredible scenery around the lagoon (with exception of the power plant) the location is perfect. The drive from the capitol is extremely easy to so you don’t have to sweat getting lost. If you’re in Reykjavik and looking for things to do in Iceland near you, this is the spot! We mentioned a quick layover adventure and we were dead serious! Tour buses pile into the parking lot daily bringing people from the airport who want to relax before their next flight.
The Staff at The Blue Lagoon
Everyone who worked at the Blue Lagoon was very helpful and made it clear that they wanted you to enjoy your time. They do a great job of training their employees and it really shows. Whether we were asking about towels, the lagoon itself, or other fun things to do in Iceland, they had answers for us! Even better, they speak English, which is such a blessing because I DO NOT speak Icelandic ha! The other cool thing about the staff at the Blue Lagoon is many seem to love to work there. It makes everything so much more easy going and fun because they actually seem to enjoy it.
The Blue Lagoon is 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. They even sell waterproof cases at the lagoon so you can take your phone in. I probably wouldn’t put it underwater (it looks like a Ziploc bag) but it should hold up against a splash. If you’re looking for great pictures of the Blue Lagoon to share with friends we recommend going as far away from the people as possible, or getting there early if you can to avoid them all together.
The Blue Lagoon’s Water
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. For those of you who are science nerds like me we got some cool facts about the Blue Lagoon water to share! The water rises from 6,500 feet below the earth’s surface into the lagoon. All of the water in the Blue Lagoon is recycled within 48 hours. Meaning that in only 2 days the pool has “emptied” and refilled itself with clean water! The Blue Lagoon holds around 1.5 million gallons of warm, blue, geothermal waters. There ya have it!
The Four Worst Things about The Blue Lagoon
The Cost of 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. We saw a stat that 80% of the countries 500,000 annual tourists visit the Blue Lagoon. That means 400,000 people get in the lagoon each and every year. You would think that at $70 a person they could more than make their money. If you’re looking for things to do in Iceland that are cheap, the Blue Lagoon is not for you. On the bright side, kids are free, and teens are around half price. Go kiddoes!
The Crowds at The Blue Lagoon
As Iceland continues to grow in popularity, the lagoon will only get busier. If they are already logging 400,000 annual visitors one can only imagine what the Blue Lagoon will look like in 10 years, I’d guess like an over-stuffed aquarium. They do a great job of breaking the lagoon into different pools but unless you spend more the uncrowded sections are out of reach. 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.
The Chaos at The Blue Lagoon
Though not the lagoon’s fault, some customers seem to forget basic etiquette. Whether they begin sloshing around or hollering across the pool it just can be a little annoying. The crowds are obviously another key factor here, more people again means a higher chance of inappropriate behavior. On the bright side, most people really do seem to respect others and where they are. If it worries you though avoiding peak times will help to alleviate this problem.
The Blue Lagoon’s Not Family Friendly
Just trust us! Many of the couples seemed to get a little too caught up in the romance if you know what we mean. 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 changing rooms are as you would expect, well kept and wide open. With most hot springs in Iceland they request you shower completely in the nude before entering and the Blue Lagoon is no different. Minus the sheer amount of people all showering. They do offer small cubicles that you can have a slightly more private shower in if you’re willing to wait to use one.
The Final Verdict
Ultimately, if you have spent the money to get Iceland, visit the Blue Lagoon at least once. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Iceland but no trip is complete without the lagoon. 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!
If your looking for things to do in Iceland you at least have to consider the Blue Lagoon and we hope we’ve helped you decide whether or not to go. Have you ever been or would you ever go to the Blue Lagoon? Be sure to let us know below in the comments which part of the review you found the most helpful! Please remember to subscribe and share our blog on social media with your friends and family, God Bless!
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