We visited this attraction on the day of our arrival to Iceland and as I was still taking in the dramatic scenery, I personally felt at the time the Blue Lagoon was a unique experience and still is.
We stayed at the nearby Northern Lights Inn, where there was an inclusive transfer from the accommodation to the Lagoon. After we settled in, we packed our day bag* and visited the Blue Lagoon after 1pm.
On arrival to the Lagoon, we paid €30 (I think?) for the use of the pool, excluding the towel at €5, as we had our own from our hotel. At reception, they issued us with a wristband, which has a microchip that enable entry to the pool and is used to purchase items, for example, drinks, meals, spa treatments etc. The wristband is then scanned at the exit point when the final bill is paid. My wristband was a little loose and it kept falling off, so I wished I had noticed this at the start and gotten a better one.
After I had used changing facilities, by changing into my bikini, removing all jewellery (as I wasn’t sure what the silica would do to it), I entered the indoor acclimatising pool. I then heading outside, leaving my towel at the rails. My hotel towel was yellow and that stood out from the many blue towels given by the Lagoon, so I knew which was mine.
On the day I visited in November it was freezing outside and was snowing, but the pool was really warm, hot at times and lovely. My first impression was that the pool was massive; however the bathing area is sectioned off from the larger flooded area. It is located in a really dramatic setting. The weather was mixed and provided some create camera shots, with the low sun, clouds and steam.
Within the bathing area, there is a bar (maximum of 3 alcoholic drinks allowed), various bathing and seating platforms, pots filled with the silica facial mask and a waterfall for massaging. The depth of the pool varies and the temperature fluctuates too depending on the thermal movement.
The only thing that I thought was unpleasant was the sludgy floor, that on closer inspection (whilst trying to get the silica from the bottom) I noticed the floor is filled with other people’s hair, which I wished I hadn’t seen.
My boyfriend and I stayed in the pool for about 3.5 hours and after we had used the changing facilities, we went to the café for a beer. Onsite, there is also a restaurant, gift shop and a hotel. My boyfriend bought my Christmas present in the shop, which was a pair of silver earrings, with a lava stud encased – beautiful.
Overall, the Lagoon was excellent, very relaxing and would go back again.
*WHAT TO TAKE:-
The Lagoon does provide a lot of things, but as I wasn’t sure what, before I left the hotel I packed a day bag which included: a hotel towel (that was allowed), my bikini, flip flops (not needed in the end as bare foot is fine), hair bobble, waterproof watch and a plastic bag for wet items (Lagoon provided them too). My boyfriend packed a waterproof digital camera in a sealed casing.
WHAT THE LAGOON PROVIDES:-
A towel is provided, at a surcharge. There are lockers in the changing room and whilst the Lagoon does cater for shampoo, conditioner and shower gels, it is a personal choice to bring toiletries. I have long hair and I tried to use the Lagoon’s shampoo, but it felt too dry, so I used my own and that was a little nicer. In the ladies changing room (not sure about the men’s) there was a dressing table, with a mirror and stools, with cotton wool and cotton buds, tissues and hair drier. I took also my make-up items and deodorant. As I mentioned before, for wet items, there are plastic bags provided, but they didn’t have a spin drier, which I thought was the only item missing, as they’ve pretty much thought of everything else!
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