The Do's and Don'ts of the Blue Lagoon

Do: go early

When you book your ticket for the Blue Lagoon you'll have to select a timeslot. Now, you may be tempted to sleep in before your day at the spa but I implore you, pick the earliest time! No one wants to share a bath with strangers, get there first when you can still find a secluded corner to yourself. We got off our red-eye flight and drove straight to the lagoon. What a way to start a day?

Don't: upgrade

If you are traveling on a budget, go for the base ticket price. It's 40 euro for winter months and 50 for summer. It was worth it to me as a treat but not anymore than that. Just bring your own towel. You can store all your things in a free locker as well. If you know you want to drink at the lagoon bar, it might be worth the upgrade but if you read my first tip you shouldn't want to drink at 8am anyways!

Don't: shower naked

If you are a female traveler, you may be tempted to do as the Romans and shower naked before entering the lagoon like they ask you to on all the signs in the locker room. After a fairly traumatic start to my stay, I realized there wasn't really anyone enforcing these signs and I really would have rather kept my suit on.

Do: get dirty

Try the silica mud masks! They are like the ONE thing included in the basic ticket at the lagoon. There are wooden boxes located around the lagoon with ladles in them for scooping up the natural silica mud. It is said to have restorative properties to help clear the skin after a long flight! Just what the doctor ordered.

Do: bring a waterproof camera

I used a GoPro Hero 4 for our trip to the lagoon. I also recommend a floating attachment and moisture absorbers for GoPros in this setting because you can see some of my pictures are fogged and I certainly would not have wanted to go blind diving for my GoPro in the cloudy, albeit gorgeous, water.

Don't: fall prey to the giftshop

Ok, you are gonna come out of the water feeling like a newborn freaking baby. You are gonna say, "I want to feel like this everyday." That's the dream they sell in the Blue Lagoon gift shop. They have soaps, lotions, oils, scrubs, and everything under the sun they could make with the silica from the lagoon. While you might think these make great gifts, you can find everything they sell there in Reykjavik for much cheaper. Fight the urge!

Do: try other hot springs

The Blue Lagoon is amazing and I definitely recommend it but if it doesn't fit into your plans, don't worry! There are hundreds of other, less touristy, hot springs and baths in Iceland.

I hope you have a relaxing time at the Blue Lagoon!

Let me know if you have any questions before you book.


Go confidently travelers!

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  • #1

    Emily (Monday, 27 March 2017 13:17)

    Really helpful article! I am heading to the Blue Lagoon in a week and was struggling with what options to add on while still staying on a budget. Thank you!