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A Complete Guide for The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous sights and experiences. It’s very popular and a bit touristic, but a great experience nonetheless. And you can go no matter the weather!

Also, if you have a long stop over in Reykjavik it’s perfect to combine it with a relaxing spa day at The Blue Lagoon. Book a Flybus directly from the airport to the spa, enjoy the water and serene surroundings for a few hours and get back on your Flybus to the airport. Just remember to put in some buffer hours in case things don’t turn out exactly as planned, so that you’ll still make your flight if something unexpected should come up.

Having doubts on whether or not to pay to pay The Blue Lagoon a visit? Read my post on 7 true or false myths about The Blue Lagoon to help your decision.

Here are some tips for your preparation and visit to The Blue Lagoon:

Book in advance

… and the earlier you are able to book your tickets the better. The Blue Lagoon is extremely popular and (luckily) they don’t like to let in too many people at a time. Therefore, I recommend you book you time slot as soon as possible in order for you to have some options or even getting in. Also, not all time slots cost the same, so if your are on a budget I certainly recommend that you hustle up so you can get one of the cheaper time slots.

Arrive a bit early

Check in to the lagoon can take a little time if it’s busy – there will possibly be a line to get in. If you are on a stopover and need to have luggage stored then this will take a little bit of time to arrange too.

Also, I recommend getting out of the water 45 minutes before your bus departs – just to make sure you have time to browse a bit at the gift shop or to take pictures in front of the lagoon, where you can take a short scenic walk.

Mandatory shower

Before you enter the lagoon you must shower (naked) with other people of your gender. You do this to make sure that you are clean before jumping in the lagoon water with all other spa guest. So it’s really just to keep the water clean. By the way it’s sort of part of the cultural experience – so don’t be shy! In the locker room you’ll find for more closed showers (booths with frosted glass) than open showers, so trust me: You’ll be fine.

Protect your hair

The lagoon waters has a high content of silica, which is great for your skin – but it is also a bit rough on your hair. The Blue Lagoon recommends putting a lot of conditioner in your hair and tying it in a bun, so it doesn’t get in the lagoon water. The Blue Lagoon supplies their wn conditioner in the showers, which you can use plenty of for free. … and it is really good and makes your hair super soft.

If you wear lenses…

… don’t get water in your eyes. The silica really messes your lenses up. I guess you can wear your glasses instead, but I chose just to be careful and had an extra pair of lenses in my locker just to be sure. Also, be sure not to get any of the silica face mask (which is also free) in your eyes.


The water in the lagoon is quite hot, so make sure you get enough water to drink while you are there. There is a bar (first drink is free) and they have drinking fountains places around the lagoon with fresh, cool Icelandic water. I recommend bringing your own re-usable water bottle to fill from the fountains.


When you check in at The Blue Lagoon you get a wristband that functions as a key to your locker and an electronic account for the bar etc. So don’t worry about where to put your wallet. You won’t need it, because everything gets charged to your wristband and then you settle your bill as you check out of the lagoon.

Instructions for how to use the wristband and locking your locker can be found on signs in the locker room. Don’t stress about it if you don’t get it – nobody does at first!


What to pack?

Make sure to also check out my list of what you should pack for your spa visit at The Blue Lagoon.

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