Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and What I Wish I Knew

Iceland is my favorite destination that I’ve traveled to so far. When we visited last January, we had a jam-packed itinerary. If interested, you can read one of my previous posts about our adventure snorkeling Silfra here. The first activity that we did upon landing in Iceland, however, was the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool with beautiful turquoise waters. Regardless of it being a hotspot for tourists (pun definitely intended), this spa was a must-see on my list. Prior to our visit, I extensively researched this attraction; however, there are a few things that I wish I would have known beforehand.

The Locker Situation

First and foremost, I want to discuss the locker situation. When approaching the spa from the parking lot, there is a separate building with lockers where guests are able to store their suitcases. This is a nice amenity, because mosts visitors enjoy the lagoon on their way to or from the airport.

In addition, once customers are checked-in to the facility, there is an additional locker room for clothes and other personal items. In my opinion, the lockers in the changing area are pretty spacious. They are a bit finicky, though. Guests have to use their wristbands to secure and open them. The process is not difficult, but visitors must pay attention while activating their lockers! I saw a few of them fly open a few seconds after the users walked away. In addition, my locker registered to another woman’s wristband at first. Luckily, we sorted it out with the attendant; however, these situations made me a bit paranoid. I waited for a few minutes to ensure that mine actually locked.

There are several signs at the facility that recommend removing all jewelry. At this point, I wished that I left my wedding ring at home. Fortunately, we did not have issues with missing belongings.

Getting In

After showering, I had some anxieties about getting in and out of the lagoon. I knew that the water would be warm, but I didn’t want to become a popsicle outside! For this reason, it was a nice surprise to see that they have indoor entry/exit points. This was a wonderful way to transition outside upon entry and back inside when we finished. Also, the spa has a wall with hooks for towels and space for flip-flops close to this area. Very convenient!

The Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is bigger than I expected it to be. There are various bridges, coves, and areas to relax. They even have a swim-up bar. Our reservation was early in the morning, and the spa was pretty empty when we arrived. I’m sure it gets busier in the afternoons, though. The water felt comforting–especially after our overnight flight.

Minimal sunlight and steam from the lagoon created some challenges for me and my waterproof camera. Although my photos weren’t as perfect as the ones I saw online, I got a few decent shots for my travel journal.

The Aftermath

After we got out of the pool and returned to the locker room, I immediately showered again. The minerals from the water made my skin feel dry and itchy. I read that some people experienced hair damage afterwards. For this reason, even though I didn’t get my hair wet in the lagoon, I decided to wash it anyway. The spa provides conditioner and body wash, and I applied them liberally. In the locker room, the spa offered blow-dryers for guests. While I don’t normally like to use a ton of heat on my hair, I did not want to go exploring with it wet.

The water did not agree with my sensitive skin. I took another shower after we checked-in to our hotel, because I still felt uncomfortable hours later! My skin looked red and blotchy for about two days. Yikes.

Overall Thoughts

While I enjoyed my experience at the Blue Lagoon, I don’t think I’ll ever return. If I visit Iceland again, I’d like to try a different hot spring. There are several to choose from, and I would love to be able to compare my experiences.

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