Our Icelandair flight arrived to Keflavik International Airport at 6:45 in the morning. We had pre-booked a Honda CR-V from Green Motion (you can read about our experience Renting a Car in Iceland) and were picked up at arrivals by the shuttle. Our first day in Iceland started with a visit to an iconic site in Iceland; the Blue Lagoon! We will tell if you if visiting the Blue Lagoon after a red eye flight was a good decision for us.
After picking up our car we were off to our first destination; The Blue Lagoon! We had more difficulty than anticipated trying to use our Icelandic Garmin GPS. The name of the destinations needed to be entered using the Icelandic spelling. So after a bit of work we were off to the Bláa Lónið (Blue Lagoon).
The Blue Lagoon does not open until 9AM. We got there about 15 minutes early and the entrance line was already out the door. We thought that because we had booked and printed our tickets out online it would be a quicker process. It was not. There was a still a crazy long line to get your ticket scanned, get your bracelet and any amenities that came with your booked package.
Upgrading Your Blue Lagoon Package
There are 2 separate lines; one for those who booked the standard and comfort packages and the other much shorter line is for those who booked the premium or luxury package.
It was freezing cold and the line we were in was out the door. We had booked the comfort package online but decided to upgrade to the premium package so we could jump to the shorter line. For an extra €15 per person I have to say it was worth it just to get in the shorter line!
The only advantage for us with the more expensive package was that we got to use a bathrobe and you can keep the pair of flip flops they give you. It also included a reserved table at their restaurant and some sparkling wine, but we felt the prices were too high otherwise so we skipped this.
The big advantage of switching lines and upgrading was that for a few precious moments we had the Blue Lagoon to ourselves!
At check in they give you a bracelet that you can use to place charges on and it is used to open your locker. The lockers were big enough. There were only like 2 dressing rooms in the ladies locker room though so if you’re shy you may have to wait a little bit to change.
You will need to shower before you can go into the Blue Lagoon. There are private shower stalls, as well as open showering for those that don’t want to wait. You have to dry off whenever you go into the locker room. This was rather inconvenient since the towels they gave us to use were really small. My towel was soaked by the end of the day. *I would recommend bringing your own big fluffy towel if you have room!**
There is conditioner to put in your hair before you enter the water. I have heard horror stories of how tangly and rough your hair can get if the mineral-y water touches it without a conditioner buffer. I lathered my hair up (don’t rinse it out) and placed it in a high bun and had no issues at all.
After exiting the locker rooms there is a small cafe area downstairs and a relaxing room, with lounge chairs. These were always full, so expect a wait if you want to use them.
There are hooks to hang up your towel or bathrobe outside before you enter the water. The air was freezing and the water was deliciously hot when we entered!
The steam rising off the water was so thick that I couldn’t see more than 5 feet in front of me. I couldn’t see anybody else around me. It felt ethereal and other-worldly walking around. Easily one of the single coolest moments on the trip!
That elation didn’t last long, however. The first time i dipped my GoPro beneath the water somehow it got soaked. The case appeared to be latched, but it didn’t seal properly. Within probably 5 minutes of being in the water I had to get out and go all the way back to the lockers to put my dead electronic away. I was so bummed, but at the same time it was freeing. I was able to enjoy the Blue Lagoon without the pressure of trying to capture everything on video or pose for selfies. Instead we got to watch how silly other people looked doing the exact thing I had intended to do 😉
There is one swim up bar in the Blue Lagoon. A free drink is included with all admissions except for the Standard package. My first drink was a Skyr smoothie. I was expecting to love it, since I LOVE Skyr, but it was room temperature, which threw me off.
I later got sparkling strawberry wine, which was so good! They do limit each person to 3 alcoholic beverages, which is good since you can easily get dehydrated with the steam and hot water.
Algae & Silica Mud Masks
There is a hut in the Blue Lagoon that you can swim up to and they have 2 face mask products available. The silica (included with all admissions) is a thick white paste that you apply to your face and you can apply it to your arms as well. You let the mask sit for about 10 minutes and allow it to dry. The second treatment is a green algae mask, which is included for all except Standard admissions. You apply it to your face and let it set for up to 10 minutes and then wash off.
My face felt baby smooth after both treatments! I also have bad psoriasis on my elbows and just being in the silica rich waters of the Blue Lagoon helped tremendously! I have to put medicine on my elbows every day and it doesn’t even help half as much as that one dip in the Blue Lagoon did.
There are steam rooms and saunas available, as well as a waterfall you can stand under to loosen up your muscles. The steam rooms and saunas all got more busy as the day went on. There is a water fountain right outside the sauna that has ice cold water. Make sure to hydrate!
Visiting after a Red Eye Flight
Within a few minutes of being in the Blue Lagoon we felt so relaxed. There are smooth white rocks along the side of the pool which are perfect for leaning against and just closing your eyes. We could have easily drifted off to sleep.
I don’t know if I could recommend visiting after a red eye flight. If you sleep well on planes and are a go-getter, you may be okay. But I can’t say that we got the most of of the experience because we were so exhausted. After leaving the Blue Lagoon and getting some lunch we had to pull off the highway to nap in our car because we couldn’t hardly keep our eyes open!
The Blue Lagoon is located right between the airport in Keflavik and Reykjavik. If you have a later flight you could easily stop by on your way to the airport, although it may be more busy in the afternoon when tour groups tend to stop by.
Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?
We thought it was! I have read a lot of negative reviews about the Blue Lagoon because it is overpriced, or a tourist trap. Yes, there were a lot of people. Yes, it was expensive. But I definitely don’t regret going! The water felt amazing, my skin felt great the entire time we were in Iceland and it’s an experience I won’t forget. I don’t know if I would go back again on a future visit, because it is so busy and expensive. I think you should at least check it out once though.