Reykjavik is amazing! If you’ve not been, go! Book flights now before you continue reading! Remember to come back after you’ve booked though…
As soon as you can, get to the Blue Lagoon! Oh my god, this place is good!
We visited Reykjavik in May 2016 when we got flights from Edinburgh for just £25 return each! Find out how to get cheap flights here. We couldn’t say no to that deal and we were looking up Blue Lagoon packages within minutes of hitting buy on those flights.
Choosing your package
There are three different packages you can buy – entry and a mud mask for ISK 6,100 (£45 / $58), entry, use of a towel, a free drink and two mud masks for ISK 8,100 (£59 / $77) and the Premium includes all of the above plus slippers and a bathrobe, a reservation at the restaurant and sparkling wine for ISK 10,200 (£75 / $97). We went for the Premium option to get the full experience (and we didn’t have our own bathrobes!) so we reserved lunch at the Lava restaurant. It actually gives you an option to get bus transportation too from many of the main hotels, including ours, which was quite handy.
We boarded the minibus at 10am to arrive by 11am. We were joined by a fair amount of tourists including a couple from the US. They were chatting to another couple and were saying they’d heard you can only stay in the water for an hour maximum because it gets boring so quickly. We didn’t have our lunch reservation until 1pm so we had 2 hours in the Lagoon… We were starting to think we might’ve messed up a little!
Arriving at The Blue Lagoon
When you arrive you’re given your bathrobe, slippers and your wristband and the men and women separate to go to their own changing rooms. They tell you that you should wash your hair with conditioner. For those with longer hair, you should actually leave conditioner in so that your hair doesn’t dry out while you’re in the Lagoon. After you make your way through the changing rooms you’re met with the cool sight of the Blue Lagoon.
It is amazinggggggg!
With our package we got a free drink so obviously we chose the more expensive bubbles as our first drink! There are a couple of bars at the side so you never have to leave the water to get your drinks. Armed with our drink, we headed towards the mud masks. There were two options included in our package: silica mud mask and the algae mask. I’ll be honest I have no idea what they do! Smothering your face in mud was pretty fun with some getting in to it a bit more than others!
I really enjoyed just chilling in the water, mud mask on and having a couple of drinks. The water is so warm and the place is so relaxing. I could’ve spent much longer than the two hours in there. You were wrong US couple! Boring pffft!
Quick tip: Bring a waterproof camera or a waterproof pouch to take a mobile phone in. You’ll want some Blue Lagoon selfies!
Next up was our reservation at the Lava restaurant. The restaurant inside was really nice and you get some really nice views of the Lagoon from certain tables.
As you’d expect at tourist traps like these, the restaurant is expensive, very expensive. We had lunch so they had seafood, Icelandic gourmet and vegetarian set menus – ISK 6,600 (£49 / $63) for two courses and ISK 7,600 (£56 / $72) for three courses. We weren’t too fussed about the set menus so we went for the a la carte menu. A starter was around ISK 2,700 (£20 / $26), a main was ISK 4,900 (£36 / $47) with desserts at around ISK 1,900 (£14 / $18).
The food was phenomenal, if you’re a foodie / one of those Instagram food photographers you will love the food. The grilled beef tenderloin and lamb fillet, lovely!
You have to exit through the gift store, naturally. A couple of tips for this though – you can buy the same things at the Blue Lagoon airport shop and you can buy online. You get a 10% code sent through pretty quickly (if you ordered tickets online) after arriving home so you could wait a week and save 10%.
All in all, the Blue Lagoon is amazing! I’ll definitely be back! If you do visit, let me know what you think.