How about a stress-free arrival at the Blue Lagoon?
My friends know I prefer an outdoor activity over a spa resort, a massage or a sauna any day.
However, the idea of relaxing in an open air hot spring after an exhausting day at airports and an airplane does sound appealing, don't you think?
Besides, I couldn't go to Iceland and not visit the Blue Lagoon, right?
If you're planning on visiting the Blue Lagoon, the easiest way to proceed is to surf to their website, choose the package that fits you most and purchase your entry tickets.
We took the Standard deal. Why?
Comparing the packages, we immediately ruled out the Premium and the Luxury deal. We had but a few hours before closing time and weren't going to spend it on food. That left us with the choice between Standard or Comfort. Let's have a look at what Comfort offers more:
- Use of towel: we were bringing our own towels on the trip anyway, so not really necessary.
- Algae Mask: we believe one facial mask a day is more than enough. We knew there were several buckets full of Silica Mud throughout the Lagoon, so we were covered in the facial treatment department.
- 1st drink of your choice: If it came down to only this topic, the price difference made sure this drink was no longer for free!
Ok, so Standard it is! :)
Access to the lagoon is limited, so they urge you to pre-book online. Good citizens as we are, we followed this advice.
Was pre-booking necessary in the off season period?
We didn't have to wait in line to get in (read: there was nobody else entering at that time). However, I do want to underline the fact that we didn't arrive before 5pm, which might be the primary reason. Prices are expensive so it's understandable that people prefer to arrive earlier to spend more time at the Lagoon.
In the water itself there were of coarse still a bunch of other visitors, but this didn't bother us. There was plenty of space to move around.
We carried but a backpack filled with the essentials and left the rest of our luggage in plain sight in our rental car. Not something we would easily do, but Iceland has an extremely low crime rate.
Do you need to leave your luggage in your car?
No, you don't. Walking up to the entrance, you'll pass a small building where you can deposit suitcases and bags of all sizes. However, you will be charged 4€ per item left in the good hands of a staff member.
Precious belongings such as your phone, wallets, jewellery, etc. can be stored with your clothes in the smaller lockers at the changing rooms.
Do you need coins for the lockers in the changing rooms?
No. When you register at the main building, you receive a wristband. There's a chip inside that allows you to close and reopen your locker. Don't hesitate to ask those kind Icelanders for help if it doesn't seem to work! (I did)!
Is this wristband of any other use?
Yes! (It couldn't all be no's ;)). Say you want to get a drink from the bar (they have one in the water!), then you just charge it on your wristband. When you return it at the end of your visit, you pay what you've spent.
If the Silica Mud didn't help, then it certainly didn't hurt either. (I have quite the sensitive skin but didn't get any bad reaction).
This brings me to another issue that a lot of the women may have:
Did my hair freak me out after bathing in the Blue Lagoon?
No. Apparently a lot of people have difficulties managing their hair after they've visited the Blue Lagoon. I've even heard stories about hair turning ginger red!
Honoustly, I didn't even notice a difference, so I wouldn't worry too much. The high amount of Silica in the water can make your hair stiff, but there's conditioner available in the showers. Just apply a good amount of it on your hair before going in. (Especially if you dye your hair often)!
Taking pictures inside a pool is a tricky business. We didn't want to ruin our vacation by accidentally dropping a camera in the water on our first day...
How did we take our pictures at the Blue Lagoon?
Really wanting to use our full frame, we decided to invest in a waterproof case. We were hesitant at the beginning, but it really did keep the camera dry. Managing it however, wasn't as easy as we had hoped for.
- The temperature difference between the cold air (around 6°C) and the hot water (37°C-39°C) resulted in condensation on the plastic. We could hardly see the images we were making.
- Having (almost) no daylight left, the camera had to be held perfectly still to get sharp images. Unfortunately my hands seemed too small to push the button and hold the case at its place at the same time. Result: a lot of blurry pictures.
I think we were in the water for a good 2 hours when we decided to head off and drive up to our hotel in Reykjavík. (Read: Get to dig Reykjavík in 24h!)
Is visiting the Blue Lagoon at night a good idea?
Yes. Our late arrival resulted in les fellow visitors. I don't know what's relaxing to you, but being squished by other people sure doesn't make me zen!
However, everyone falls in love with the blue coloured water of the Lagoon. Only...by night, there's no more blue! (Ok, even by day it's actually white water. The blue colour is just the white Silica reflecting the sunlight).
So, very happy with the experience, but we wouldn't mind going back as early birds.