Going to the blue lagoon is a must for anyone visiting Iceland! It is the most popular tourist destination & it seems like anyone who goes to Iceland works a trip into their itinerary. Although it is a must do it isn’t necessarily the best. Don’t rush to go straight away! Explore everything Iceland has to offer and then relax, wind down and reflect on your trip whilst bathing in the creamy blue water on your way back to the airport.
I have visited the blue lagoon once on a late afternoon in February. I had just finished snorkelling in Sifra, even after a 1.5hr drive I was still in desperate need of warming up! The cheapest & quietest time to visit the lagoon is early in the morning. If this suits your itinerary go for it, but I preferred relaxing in the hot water until sunset and then dropping off to sleep like a baby as soon as we left.
The first important thing you need to know is the blue lagoon is near the airport, which is 45minutes, 38km drive from Reykjavik. I would recommend renting a car for your trip as it makes things cheaper and easier. However, if that’s not an option you will need to book transport either from Reykjavik or the airport. If you decide to go directly from the airport there is a place to store your luggage at the lagoon.
Secondly, as expected the Blue Lagoon is super expensive to enter, especially for a poor university student like myself! So decide carefully if this is something you really want to do. There are plenty of other cheap Icelandic activities to do throughout your trip.
Third, the blue lagoon IS NOT a natural spring. Most pictures you see won’t show the steaming geothermal power plant next door which heats the blue lagoon water.
Fourth is the opening time varies depending on the time of year. It closes earlier in Winter (9pm) and later (11pm) in summer months.
1 January- 30 May 8.00AM until 9.00PM
31 May – 27 June 7.00AM until 11.00PM
28 June – 18 August 7.00AM until 12.00PM
19 August – 31 December 8.00AM – 9.00PM
In case these times have changed since the time of writing please check the blue lagoon official website here.
Fifth is that your expensive entrance fee also includes a drink (beer, wine or smoothie) and a face mask. Seems like such a small thing? but this really adds to the relaxing experience (and helped me justify why I had spent that much on my entrance fee).
Sixth – the maximum depth is 1.7m therefore all children are required to have adult supervision. While I was there I only saw a handful of extremely well behaved children. I am not sure I would recommend taking young children there as other than relaxing there’s not much else to do.
Finally, as the blue lagoon is far from Reykjavik and close to the airport, consider looking for accommodation in Grindavik. This will allow you to spend the evening searching the southern black skies for the Northern Lights.