Blue Lagoon: The world's most famous spa

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The Blue Lagoon:

The world's most famous spa.l

You’ve probably seen pictures online of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. And chances are you probably have wondered if they’re fake photos; at least a little doctored. It’s understandable, the place looks too magical to be real. But it is. It is a very real place and it is also one of the best things we’ve ever done.

We scheduled an appointment at the Blue Lagoon for the first day we arrived in Iceland, only a few hours after landing in Reykjavik. It was a pretty grueling 9-hour flight on WOW Airlines from LAX. The airline is inexpensive for a reason.

You feel like you’re flying in plastic lawn chairs, you have to pay for food services and basically every other service that still comes standard on most airlines, but what can we say – we like a bargain.

Needless to point out, neither of us had slept well and I was sick, like black lung sick and concerned about disrobing in the cold weather and getting wet while being ill.

My fears quickly subsided upon arriving.

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You drive through these lava-created landscapes to arrive at the lagoon. Outside there’s pools of some of the clearest, bluest water I’ve ever seen in nature. There are tons of tourists photographing this area who don’t actually go inside, so it takes a little patience to snag a good photo here, but they payoff is inside.

 

Once you check in, depending on your package, you may be handed a robe and slippers and your wristband then it’s off to the locker rooms. Everyone must shower before entering the lagoon and unless you’re used to locker room life or European views on nudity, be prepared to see a lot of nakedness and have the option to shower without a curtain. Not feeling well, I was also feeling a little sensitive, so like a good American, I changed into my bathing suit in a closed stall and waited to shower with a curtain.

It is recommended you use a conditioner on your hair before entering the lagoon and put your hair up so it doesn’t get wet. This is because the amount of salt in the water is incredibly high and it will have a drying effect on your lush locks. After preparing myself and following all of the instruction to the letter, I met up with the husband outside and I took in the beauty of what was before me.

All I could think about was how this looked like it belonged in Peter Pan’s Neverland. It was unreal.

We were there on an overcast day with heavy gray clouds and random sprinkles of light rain that continuously speckled us with refreshing cool mist. The steam that breathed up from the lagoon had a mystical component and the diamond-blue milky water is striking to behold. Though it looks like a lagoon Elsa from ‘Frozen’ has concocted, it is warm and calming and inviting to sore muscles and tense bodies.

It’s just heavenly, I thought. 

The Blue Lagoon  is a geo thermal spa located outside of Reykjavík, Iceland.

The Blue Lagoon  is a geo thermal spa located outside of Reykjavík, Iceland.

Then I grumbled.

This was the moment I was dreading. I was going to have to take off any warm layers I had on and shed down to my bikini to get into the water. As an Arizona girl, this was no small feat. Pat was an excellent cheerleader and finally rallied me to do the dirty deed and off we went!

The water was incredible.

It was better than any jacuzzi or hot tub or warm bath I have ever taken in my life. They say the water is generally between 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit- which is perfect even in the rain.

The lagoon is  also expansive– they had all sorts of coves to explore, a deeper area where they handed out floaty things to bob around on, there was a swim-up bar and an area where you could get mud masks to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin, there were corners with caves and small waterfalls. I don’t think Pat or I wanted to ever get out. In fact we had toyed with the idea of making a second appointment to come back. We enjoyed it THAT much.

I was surprised that Pat even wanted to do it and liked it as much as he did because we tend to avoid places that are tourist traps. This is exactly that – it’s on every website, blog and social post about going to Iceland as a must-do, but this time, it really is worth the hype and worth battling the crowds.

Honestly, I was thrilled that we did it when we did because it was the perfect way to recover from an international flight. It was like getting off a plane and going to a spa. There was something very Hollywood glam about that.

There’s a restaurant on site with a nice view of the lagoon. It has basic offerings of salads and sandwiches and such, but it hits the spot after a long day of lazily lounging. When it was time to head out, we both felt refreshed and renewed and ready to properly kick off our exploration of the island.

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A couple tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon:

 

  • Bring something to put your wet items into when leaving. I didn’t think about that in advance, unfortunately. I stole a plastic bag I saw that had been ‘discarded’ and used that.
  • Bring a towel with you, if you have the room to pack one. It’s very easy to get your towel mixed up with other guests’ towels. Very easy. I’m fairly positive I used 4 different towels during my time there- Thanks for sharing all!
  • If you plan on going out somewhere afterward, bring your makeup kit and any styling products you may need. Between the steam and the salt and the mud masks (that I highly suggest you take advantage of) you’re going to look a fright. It’s ok, everyone else does too. Just be prepared.
  • Yes, it’s more expensive, but I’d definitely recommend the package where you get a robe and slippers unless you’re able to bring your own. Worth it – totally 100% worth it. Plan to spend a few hours there at least, so you might as well be comfortable and cozy when you’re not in the water.