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The Blue Lagoon is not only the most visited attraction in all of Iceland, it is one of the most expensive! When you think about spending $60 USD per person just to soak in a giant bathtub with a bunch of strangers, it can make you think twice about whether it’s worth the money. So if you are asking yourself, “Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?” this post may help you weigh the pros and cons and decide what is best for you and your budget. Plus, keep scrolling for some of the top Blue Lagoon tips to make the most of your visit.
Whether you are traveling alone, with a friend or partner, or with family, the Blue Lagoon is a serene place to rejuvenate and relax. If you are visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids it is an equally great experience. Kids may not necessarily be looking for a serene moment or care anything about the potential health benefits of the mineral-rich water, but they will love the Blue Lagoon all the same.
Our experience visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids
Visiting the Blue Lagoon was the highlight of our trip to Iceland, at least for our 4-year-old daughter. The man-made Iceland lagoon with it’s milky blue water is one of the most intriguing places in the country. Considering all of the fascinating things to do in Iceland and the beauty the country holds, it’s not a claim I make lightly. Trust me, people of all ages will love the Blue Lagoon! We spent several hours just hanging out in the water letting our daughter swim back and forth between us. Because we were at the Blue Lagoon with a child, we tried to find places away from the crowds and visited during one of the less popular hours.
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Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?
Admission to the Blue Lagoon is pricey. I’m not even going to sugar coat that. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the $60 USD cost covers much more than your entrance. General admission includes a mud mask, a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) at a swim-up bar, use of towels and lockers, hair conditioner (which is a must) and an unlimited time spent in the lagoon. There are upgraded packages that include extras like a bathrobe and slippers, dinner reservations, and even spa packages with massages and a private area of the lagoon all to yourself. But if you are on a budget, the general admission ticket is more than enough to have a fun and relaxing experience.
If you are traveling with kids, you’ll be pleased to find admission is free for those under the age of 13.
The pros and cons of visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
If you are one of those people who weigh the pros and cons before making a purchase, particularly an expensive one, here are a few things to consider when deciding whether the Blue Lagoon is worth visiting.
Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?: The Pros
Close to airport
The Blue Lagoon is about a 20-minute drive or shuttle bus ride from the main airport in Iceland. So you can easily visit the Blue Lagoon during a long layover at Keflavik Airport or as a first stop when you arrive in Iceland as part of an Iceland self-drive. It’s a great way to combat jet lag and feel rejuvenated after a long plane ride.
Relaxing, unique experience
The reason the Blue Lagoon is so popular is because it’s unique. There aren’t many places like it in the world. You can bask in the warm water while staring up at the Northern lights in winter or the midnight sun in summer. It is a memorable and fun experience, not to mention super relaxing.
Health benefits of the Blue Lagoon
The cloudy blue, geothermal water of the Blue Lagoon boasts a variety of health benefits. The minerals in the water are supposedly awesome for your skin (although not for your hair!) Soaking in the milky water is also believed to help those who suffer from conditions like arthritis and psoriasis. And just like soaking in a warm tub, the Blue Lagoon is great for helping alleviate stiffness and body aches that many of us feel after being in a cramped plane cabin.
Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?: The Cons
Far from everything else
Although getting from Keflavik Airport to the Blue Lagoon is quick and easy, the famous attraction is quite far from everything else. It takes nearly an hour to get to the Blue Lagoon from the capital city of Reykjavik. So if wanted to check into your hotel or apartment first or visit the Blue Lagoon some other day or time during your Iceland itinerary, you’ll have a longer drive to get there.
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Admission is expensive
As we have already mentioned, the Blue Lagoon is expensive. If you are traveling on a budget, expense is always something you have to consider. Especially considering Iceland itself is an expensive country to visit. The cost of food, drinks, and gas add up quickly in Iceland so budget accordingly for the Blue Lagoon and everything else.
It can get crowded
Let’s face it. Any attraction worth visiting can get crowded. If you visit the Blue Lagoon during peak seasons and hours you will not be soaking alone. Luckily, the lagoon is fairly large and they limit the number of tickets sold during each time slot. But to avoid crowds visit Iceland in winter, or go first thing in the morning or late at night (it’s open until midnight!)
Blue Lagoon tips to enhance your experience
If you have decided to visit the lagoon during your trip to Iceland, here are a few Blue Lagoon tips that will help you make the most of your experience.
Buy tickets in advance
Before you ever arrive at the Blue Lagoon, you will want to purchase tickets online. Ideally, do this at least a few days in advance because time slots tend to sell out, particularly during peak tourism season. You have to buy tickets for a certain hour so it takes some advanced planning, but once you are inside the attraction, your time there is unlimited.
Wet and generously condition your hair
Forget those perfect Instagram photos of a bikini-clad influencer will long, flowing, perfectly styled hair dipping into an empty Blue Lagoon. It might make for a pretty picture, but that is not a realistic image. The mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon is HORRIBLE for your hair. It will dry it out and damage it quickly if you don’t take proper measures to protect it. When you arrive at the Blue Lagoon, you are required to shower and wash your entire body with soap before getting into the water. They also recommend putting their provided conditioner in your hair. Do it, or pin your hair up so it doesn’t get wet.
My daughter’s fine, curly hair is super dry, so I lathered her locks in as much conditioner as it could hold. I did the same to mine because I was not about to ruin my hair after working so hard to grow it out. After our visit, we showered again and rinsed out the conditioner. Our hair felt awesome! The conditioner is definitely a higher quality than I expected, but you may want to bring a clarifying shampoo with you if you plan to get your hair wet.
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Don’t worry if you (or your kids) can’t swim
The Blue Lagoon is only 4 feet (1.2 meters) at its deepest. So even my fellow shorties can walk through the water with ease. For children, there are arm floaties of various sizes provided free of charge for guests to use. So even if you or your kids can’t swim, you can still enjoy the Blue Lagoon without having to worry about drowning.
Go under the bridge or around corners to escape people
Although the Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most visited attraction, you can find plenty of places to escape the crowds and have a moment of solitude, even during a time slot that is sold out. Unlike tourists traps that are crawling with people around every turn, at the Blue Lagoon you can simply go under one of the bridges or into one of the smaller coves in the lagoon for a quieter experience. Most people stick to the main areas of the lagoon amd congregate around the swim up bar and near the entrances closest to the building. But the further away from those areas you are, the fewer people you will see.
The water is cloudy so you cannot see the bottom
Unlike a swimming pool, the water in the Blue Lagoon is not clear. In fact, the Iceland lagoon is known for its cloudy, milky blue water. Our 4-year-old daughter was scared at first because she couldn’t see the bottom nor could she touch. She didn’t want to let go of us, but once she got used to it and saw that mom and dad could stand in the shallow lagoon, she was swimming happily through the water without a worry.
Remember the Blue Lagoon is a serene place
Kids are welcome at the Blue Lagoon and will likely have a great time. As I mentioned earlier, it was our daughter’s favorite place we visited during our 4 days in Iceland. However, keep in mind, the Blue Lagoon is not your neighborhood swimming pool. It is a place where people go to relax. If your kids are the type that would be loud and rowdy, perhaps consider staying in a hotel with a pool instead. Kids will have a great time at the Blue Lagoon, just respect others who are there to relax.
Use the mud mask and don’t worry about looking silly
Admission to the Blue Lagoon includes a generous portion of silica mud to use on your face while you soak in the lagoon. Don’t skip this part of the experience! Not only is the mask great for your skin, but it’s fun. Although a kid’s ticket to the lagoon does not include the mask, you will have more than enough to use on yourself and your children. Chances are, the attendant at the swim-up mud mask bar will give your child a dollop to use, as well. When we returned home from our trip to Iceland, our 4-year-old told everyone about how we went swimming and put mud on our faces. So don’t worry about looking silly. The memories and experiences are what make traveling so incredible.
Leave your credit card and belongings in the secure locker
Another thing that is included in the cost of admission to the Blue Lagoon is one drink per adult from the swim-up bar. If you want to buy drinks for children or extra drinks for yourself, don’t worry about bringing your credit card. The bartender will simply scan the bracelet you are given when you enter, and you’ll pay for whatever you ordered when you exit the attraction and return your bracelet. Remember, the water isn’t clear, so you won’t be able to see any belongings you drop in the water to easily retrieve them. So leave personal belongings in the lockers!
Conclusion: Is the Blue Lagoon worth visiting?
YES! That is the shortest possible answer to the question ‘Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?” It is such a unique experience, and although expensive, you’ll love every minute of your visit. We spent at least two hours roaming around the lagoon, having drinks and enjoying quality time as a family. Afterwards, we had dinner in the cafe at the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavik.
If you don’t want to eat in the cafe, there is also a nicer restaurant where you can have lunch or dinner with a great view. You can also stay at one of several nearby hotels if you don’t want to drive an hour to Reykjavik after your relaxing soak in the lagoon.