The Incredible Blue Lagoon Experience

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Aww the Blue Lagoon, what a dream!

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The Blue Lagoon has always been a high bucket list item for me and the experience was just as amazing, as I thought it would be. There has always seemed to be something so magical and mystical about it! That crystal clear, turquoise glowing water, surrounded by mountains and black sand in photos is breathtaking.

Plus, turquoise has always been my favorite color, so I knew this place would blow me away. 😉


Planning the Trip to the Blue Lagoon:

When I planned my trip to Iceland to see The Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon, I always figured that if I don’t get to actually see the lights, at best, I can experience the magical Blue Lagoon! So I booked it for my first day in Iceland because I really couldn’t wait any longer to see it.

The tour I booked: Blue Lagoon Spa with Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik,

Other options;

3-Day Hiking and Hot Springs Winter Adventure Tour from Reykjavik

Private Round-Trip Transport to Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

When I first thought of booking it, the weather seemed not too bad. It looked like it was gonna be a bit cloudy, but that’s always better than snow and rain right? Well, things in Iceland change pretty fast and dramatically, especially when it comes to weather. It can be super sunny one minute and in seconds it can turn into gray and shortly after into a snowstorm. Just as fast as a snowstorm begins, is sometimes just as fast as it disappears! So in a 30min time span; you can go through, sun, snow, sun, rain, winds and overcast. Crazy, but extremely fun!

I made my roommate Dawn, get up early with me and join me on the fun to the Blue Lagoon because she hadn’t been yet. We got onto the shuttle that picked us up from our hostel and made another stop where I met 2 people, named Molly and Matt, who later on became my Iceland traveling buddies and we ended up doing everything together. So that worked out pretty well for us all.

We arrived at the Blue Lagoon after a 40min drive and the weather was HORRIBLE! It was raining and super windy! I almost thought that it would be canceled. It made no sense how anyone could go swimming in an outdoor pool, beach or lagoon in such horrible weather conditions. It was probably about 35’F degrees outside! I was shaking, freezing and wet, while trying to run through the long trail to the entrance doors.

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Arriving to The Blue Lagoon:

Dawn and I were soaking wet, we thought FOR SURE it’s closed today, but it WASN’T! The Blue Lagoon is opened 365 days of the year, no matter what the weather is like! How crazy is that!? and even through bad weather, it still seemed to glow!

Why is it blue? The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients – Silica, Algae & Minerals. But surprisingly, the water is actually white and get’s his main glow from the sunlight.

There are 4 packages to choose from, I went with the “Comfort” package that included:

  • Visitor Pass
  • Entrance to Blue Lagoon
  • Use of Towel
  • One drink of your choice
  • Skin Care Trial Pack
  • Algae Mask (self applied)

Everyone gets a bracelet with their package color on them. You can purchase drinks later at the swim up bar, charge it on your bracelet and pay for it all once you check-out.

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Preparing to Enter the Lagoon:

Once you’re all checked in, you go to your lockers and change into your swim suits. You are asked to shower before entering the Blue Lagoon and are actually watched to make sure you do so! I guess there is some kind of comfort, in knowing that your entering “clean water”, because the lagoon is big, but not THAT big. The water however, is self-cleansing, so it renews itself every 40 hours.

At the reception desk, the woman at the counter instructed me to put hair conditioner in my hair and leave it in, because the water is “bad for your hair”, she said. Which they do provide for you in the showers, the problem was, no one really told me HOW BAD IT WAS FOR YOUR HAIR! (I’ll get to that later…)

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Entering the Blue Lagoon:

The rain was absolutely crazy outside and so were the winds! This was gonna be one of two things, a very bad experience or the best of it’s kind. I hung up my towel and ran for my life to get into the water. I was in a bikini at 30’F degree weather, in the rain! But the water temperature is 37-40°C (98-104°F), year-round.

So for the question I got asked the most, “Weren’t you freezing?”, the answer is NO! It all kinda balances itself out. The only time you are cold is when you get in and out the water.

The moment I stepped foot into the water, I was in heaven! It was AMAZING!!! The water was very warm and I was ecstatic! It was seriously one of the coolest things I have ever done! It was raining and it was fun! Once you’re in the water you can’t really feel how cold it is outside. The only parts of your body that are kinda cold are really your ears and shoulders but it’s not that bad.

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Dawn and I, found Molly and Matt and were so excited to explore this magical body of water, that glows like nothing you have ever seen before. We swam around and discovered warmer spots throughout the lagoon. I got drunk on the best banana and strawberry non-alcoholic smoothies in the world haha. I seriously had 3 in a row because they were so freakin good!

We swam up to caves in the lagoon, walked through waterfalls, put on natural mud masks, laughed and basically danced in the rain! It was a crazy and amazing experience with the rain pouring on us. Although I’m sure the Blue Lagoon is beautiful on a sunny day, I really wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s seriously a day that I will never forget, I spent nearly 6hrs in there. The Blue Lagoon was a dream! Absolutely amazing and breathtaking and I can’t wait to go there again some day!

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*On a side note, the Blue Lagoon completely DESTROYED my hair!!! When the lady told me it was “bad” for my hair, maybe she should have explained just how bad! 8 washes after and my hair was dried and kinda sticky from the sulfur in the water. I have been to the Dead Sea (The Dead Sea Experience, Israel) many times and it has a similar effect, but it comes right out the first or second wash. This on the other hand, doesn’t! So for any ladies planning on making their way to the Blue Lagoon, don’t you dare dip your hair in that water, otherwise you will be a sad sad girl. 😉

The water however, has many silica and minerals, which are great for your skin.

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Experience the Blue Lagoon with me!




13 Responses to The Incredible Blue Lagoon Experience

  1. Loved the tips, thank you – we are planning on visiting soon! The bit about the naked scrubbing before you go in made me laugh, we lived in Denmark for a couple of years, and this is the rule for every public swimming pool, this was so mortifying the first couple of times we went!

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