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Is Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Worth a Visit?

November 5, 2017
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Planning a Visit to the Blue Lagoon:

Before making the trip to Iceland, I asked myself repeatedly if visiting the Blue Lagoon was worth it. Although the Blue Lagoon is one of the most tourist-filled places in Iceland, I wanted to experience the hype myself.  Pre-booking is required so make sure you book your ticket in advance. I recommend doing it at least one week in ahead. For me, the hardest part of heading here was actually choosing what ticket to purchase. Prices range from 6100 ISK to 53000 ISK ($58 to $499). Also keep in mind the age limit for kids to enter is 2 years old. Admission is also free for kids 2 to 13 with an accompanying adult. ****ISK=Icelandic Krona****

Why You Should Book Right Now:

When I say “Book Right Now” I really mean book right now. Here’s the link. This place books up so quickly, you can lose the day you want in the process of deciding the best time slot to arrive. Take it from me, I have personal experience.

What Gave Me Second Thoughts:

Iceland is generally an expensive place to visit, so adding the Blue Lagoon to your itinerary wouldn’t put that much of a dent in your budget. Once you get there prices will definitely make you have second thoughts about ever going back, but if you plan the right way, you can have a good time without breaking the bank. For me that meant bringing my own slippers and towel as well as not eating at the cafe or restaurants on the property. For a moment I even considered trying a Skyr smoothie until I saw the $9 price tag. Take my advice and bring your own food and drink.

What to Expect:

From the weightless feeling you get in the water to the beautiful blue colors of the water under the Icelandic sky. There’s so many things to love about this place. Although you won’t find any locals here, the experience is still worth it. You can take advantage of on-site amenities like the sauna and steam rooms, the relaxing man-made waterfall and even silica mud masks. If you’re willing to splurge on a few more things like a massage, you can even get an in-water massage for under $100 for 30 minutes. Just remember the elements of the lagoon itself tends to dry people out so you’ll need to stay hydrated. Plan to bring a water bottle to fill up as needed.

Final Thoughts!

The blue lagoon was definitely an experience to remember, but be sure to do some research before booking a visit. Start by choosing the package that works best for you. I chose the Standard ($58) which came with:

  • Entrance to Blue Lagoon
  • Silica Mud Mask

This package based on my budget and worked out perfectly for me because I ended up bringing my own towel and flip flops. If you’re willing to splurge you can try the Premium ($96) package which is the most popular, this will get you:

  • Entrance to Blue Lagoon
  • Silica Mud Mask
  • Use of Bathrobe
  • Use of Towel
  • Slippers
  • 1st drink of your choice
  • Algae Mask
  • Table reservation at LAVA Restaurant
  • Sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant

The best advice I can give is to consider all of the experiences you’ll have in Iceland. Are you staying for a short period of time? Have you already spent a significant amount of money on excursions? If you’re looking to experience Iceland as a local, there are other hot springs or local pools you can visit in Reykjavik and around the country, that will make you feel closer to the people. If you’re willing to splurge and looking for a luxury spa experience this is great place to start. Remember to also consider the cost of transportation to and from the lagoon when planning your experience. Here is a link to the bus schedule.

Whatever decision you make, you’ve decided to come to one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by this geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic rocks. Look forward to hearing your stories.

Happy Travels.

Walking to the entrance being greeted by moss and volcanic rocks!

 

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  1. I agree with you that the entry is expensive but not in relation to the general prices in Iceland. We brought our own food too and we were happy when we saw the super expensive sandwiches in the cafe. But overall, I loved the experience, probably as we visited early morning after a night flight, this was an amazing welcome experience to Iceland. We had fun with the masks too 🙂

  2. I agree with you, it was touristy but worth it! We did the package up from the basic which was towel, drink, and 2 different masks. We really enjoyed our time there especially since we spent the first part of the day horseback riding!

  3. Looks really interesting! The price tag would have made me hesitate but seeing your review makes me want to splurge on this experience. Amazing how the water is that beautiful blue color!

  4. Sounds like an awesome experience! I would definitely love to splurge so I’d need to save up plenty of money lol. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad my tips were useful to you. It’s definitely worth it depending on what you’re looking to experience. I feel like I’ve experienced it once, not sure I would try it again unless I was heading there with a lot of money so I get the massage.

  5. Im going to iceland this summer and i am so excited! I honestly know almost nothing about it and I will be on a cruise, so I don’t think id get a chance to visit this place.

    1. Glad my post was useful. It is definitely important to be prepared. I loved my experience there, but I’m not sure I would go back, I’d like to head to one of the natural hot springs instead.

  6. It helps to know about these things before planning a trip. Thanks for supplying us with this information. I would love to go to Iceland, but it’s never been #1 on my list. I would still consider visiting, but not without adequate preparation.

  7. I’ve been having this question in mind for quite some time now. There have been quite a lot of bloggers writing about Blue Lagoon, but me being someone who doesn’t prefer too touristy places, I was doubtful if its really worth all the hype. The premium package does sound impressive!

  8. Nice even handed assessment of this place. It’s always tough to decide whether or not to visit a “tourist trap” some of them are worth it, and others are just money sucks. I appreciated that you were honest about the overpriced foods and need to budget while still encouraging us to visit.

  9. Thanks for writing this. I was looking on the internet for a more in dept opinion. And you did that for me. Thus place is beautiful and its something you would want to do to show your friends and family. But like you said. Think budgetfriendly wise because breaking the bank on 1 place isnt very smart.

  10. Definitely worth the visit! Plunging and soaking into that steaming water is what we really need right now. We would love to visit Iceland, but it’s quite a difficult thing for us to do here coming from the Philippines.

  11. this is truly a natures wonder. In a place so cold such a pool is a real experience I guess.. Iceland has always been on our list and after reading this post I so want to go there..

  12. You make a really good point. Iceland’s expensive so you know that going into it that you have to save a lot more. Obviously we can’t go somewhere and do everything but you wouldn’t want to go to Iceland and miss the Blue Lagoon! I like your recommendations of bringing your own towel and snacks etc and have more money for other things like a mask. Cannot wait to go one day! Great post.

  13. I was there maybe 7 years ago and I have heard it has become insanely over crowded after that. I don’t remember any issues getting last minute tickets then. I think it is fun to visit but after you have seen it one time, I don’t need to go back. I was there on February and it was snowing a little. It was beautiful.

  14. Thanks for this post .. We visited blue Iceland recently and made a call to skip it bcz of its cost and also bcz there were so many free hot spring ., wish would have read this post before . Thanks for sharing

  15. Great tip about booking in advance! When I visited in 2011, it wasn’t as packed and we stayed with locals who were good to book in advance for us but I remember wanting to do a massage and not being able to do one because all the spots were full!

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