The Do’s and Dont’s of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is probably one of the first things you think of when someone mentions Iceland, and it’s easy to understand why. The milky-blue water set in the middle of a volcanic landscape is extraordinary. And the idea of warm soothing heat to help relax and heal your tired body? Well that helps too. Especially before an international flight.

I have now been to the Blue Lagoon twice. First, in 2012 before Iceland wasn’t at all the ‘it’ destination it is today, and again in 2017 The difference is incredible, and while it’s much busier than it used to be, it’s still an amazing experience and, in my opinion, a ‘must’ for any visitor.

Psst: Spending a few days in Iceland? Check out my 3 Days in Iceland Itinerary.

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Booking Your Visit to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

When I first visited there was no need to pre-book, no fear of it filling up. However today pre-booking is mandatory. To do this, you must visit the Blue Lagoon online ahead of time and book the time when you plan to arrive.

It should be noted that different time slots have different prices, and there are three different levels of the experience.

Comfort: Entrance, a silica mud mask, use of towels, and one included drink.

Premium: Everything included in comfort PLUS two additional masks, bathrobe use, and a glass of sparkling wine if dining at Lava restaurant.

Luxury: 5 hours at the retreat spa with unlimited access to the Blue Lagoon and the Retreat Lagoon. 

Check their website for all the details.

The Best Time to go to The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

My best advice would be to go for opening time. Bus ride to/from the city is offered when you purchase your ticket online (it’s about a 45-minute ride) along with the entrance fees into the Blue Lagoon.

Take advantage of the earliest departure time to be there for opening (this changes depending on the season). This will ensure you don’t wait too long in line, get a locker near anyone you are traveling with, and get to see the beauty of the Blue Lagoon before it is filled with people. Plus, the earliest time slot is often the cheapest, and if you arrive in the winter, being in the pool in the dark is a neat experience.

Iceland's Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is an awesome experience at any time, but if possible, I highly suggest visiting before your flight- it’s a fantastic way to relax before boarding a plane. It’s only about 25 minutes from Keflavik airport, and you can include a bus transfer to the airport in your reservation.

Top Tips for the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Before you Enter

Don’t go with any makeup or styled hair. You will have to shower (without your swimsuit) before entering the lagoon. Now ladies, this is the important part; use the conditioner! It is free and provided in every shower. Use it and don’t be cheap with it. Leave it in your hair upon entering the pool, and if your hair is long, tie it up on your head. Do your best not to get it wet; chances are it will happen at some point, but if it does, head back to the shower area and re-condition. The salt and minerals in the water, though amazing for your skin, will wreak havoc on your hair and dry it out in no time. Use the conditioner, try not to get it too wet, and you will be fine.

Blue Lagoon

Take Advantage of the Face Masks

The famous Blue Lagoon silicon mud masks are free, yes that’s right; FREE in the Blue Lagoon. The mixture can be found at the mask hut on the right side of the lagoon (if you are facing the main building). Leave it on for 10 minutes and say hello to beautifully soft and clean skin.

If you get the upgraded packages you will also get the algae mask. For best results use this mask after the mud mask, and again leave it on for about 10 minutes.

For the full experience head into the shop afterwards and take advantage of the testers- hand lotion, body lotion, lip balm,and silky face cream are all available to try!

Perks around the Pool

As I already said, there is a swim-up pool bar. And yes, you can drink in the pool. Whether you are after juice, beer, cocktails, or even champagne you can find it here. For a healthier choice go for a skyr (an Icelandic yogurt- the best you have ever tasted!) smoothie. There is also a cafe indoors where you can grab a light meal and a drink if you need a break.

Also make sure to check out around the pool. Some places may be warmer than others, while others are a little shallower or deeper. Towards the back you can also take advantage of the steam bath or sauna. An absolute favourite is the massaging waterfall- stand under this and any muscle tension in your back or shoulders will be released in no time. There is also a small cave that is kind of cool to check out.

Like with any hot tub, it’s important to take breaks every now and then so you don’t over-heat, and stay hydrated. There are water fountains by the saunas, and water can be purchased in the cafe or at the swim up bar.

The Blue Lagoon is an experience not to be missed. If you have the opportunity- take advantage of it! Just be prepared to want to return again, and again, and again.

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  1. Hannah on January 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Thank you! I recently filled out another nomination but I love that you thought of me!

  2. wanderoneday on January 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I like the idea of a free stopover on Iceland Air – it’s not an airline I ever think to fly here in the US, so I’ll have to look into it someday!

    • Hannah on January 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      For sure! It was also cheaper than some of my other options and actually comfortable ( for a plane) for once I had leg room!

  3. Megan Allene Smith (@meganotravels) on February 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The conditioner thing is something I didn’t figure out until AFTER I’d gotten my hair wet in the lagoon. For two weeks after, I had a horrible time trying to even get a brush through my hair!

    Great tips! 🙂

    • Hannah on February 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Oh no! I’m glad I was warned ahead of time I can only imagine what a disaster it would be!

  4. Alli on November 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I’d love to visit here and especially take advantage of one of those face masks 🙂 VERY good to know about the conditioner… I have pretty long hair and sounds like the aftermath can be a huge pain if you get it wet!

    • Hannah Logan on November 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Haha yes one girl warned me after getting into a mess herself. She said her hair felt like straw it was so dry :S

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  6. stephanie on February 17, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I never thought much of Iceland, but lately I have been reading a lot about this country and I have to say… I am very interested in visiting it someday 🙂

    • Hannah Logan on February 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      It’s definitely become a very popular spot! The nature is beautiful there.

  7. Stephanie on February 19, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I also visited Iceland back in 2012, and I’ve heard it’s changed quite a bit. Strangely enough, truth be told, I never visited the Blue Lagoon. I know, crazy, right?! But after reading this, I just might have to on my next visit! Love all the great tips on the conditioner, smoothie and more!

    • Hannah Logan on February 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      It can be a bit of ‘tourist trap’ but in the way that its awesome for a reason. I think its worth it 🙂

  8. Eric || The Bucket List Project on February 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I kind of disagree with Hannah in that it is a tourist trap. That is like saying the Great Wall of China or the Eiffel Tower are tourist traps.
    Sure they are busy and packed with tourists but it is a remarkable experience that gives a major indentity to Iceland.
    Don’t get me wrong…there are many other “better” geothermal pools that the locals or more experienced travelers will seek out like the Seljvavellir pool. But that doesn’t take away from the Blue Lagoon!

    • Hannah Logan on February 21, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      I’d call the Eiffel Tower and Great Wall of China a bit of a tourist trap too 😉 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see them. But lets be honest- they are catered to tourists, not locals.

  9. Danika on February 22, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Do you have to wear a swimsuit? Are there other geothermal pools that allow nude use?

    • Hannah Logan on February 22, 2017 at 12:47 am

      Swim suits are mandatory at the Blue Lagoon. I’m not sure if Iceland has any nude pools. Sorry!

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  13. Liam on January 6, 2022 at 12:26 am

    I made the tragic mistake of upgrading to the Retreat Spa experience which does have a lot going for it but is absolutely not worth the nose-bleeding price.

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