Be prepared. It’s recommended to book before you arrive in Reykjavik, and I wouldn’t chance it just turning up on the day as it is hugely popular.
Getting to and from the Lagoon. Many recommend stopping by to or from Keflavik airport, and if you choose to do so, the Lagoon offers safe luggage storage, where you can store your bags while bathing. Our flight times didn’t allow this, so we allocated a day for our visit and easily travelled to and from the Lagoon via the bus terminal as an addition to our booking. The duration of the bus ride was 45 minutes, so don’t make the mistake in thinking it’s too far away – it isn’t! Reykjavik Excursions are the bus operator, and on the return journey will drop you as close to your hotel as they can muster.
Get some flip flops. Bear in mind that during the winter months it’s likely to snow while you’re bathing so I’d recommend taking a pair of flip flops to get you from the safety of the changing rooms into the lagoon – It’s not so nice walking bare foot in the snow!
Protect your towel. If you choose to add on the use of a robe, I’d recommend leaving your towel inside your locker until you shower. There are hooks to hang up your robe and towel before entering the lagoon, however bear in mind that these are exposed to the elements so if it snows – you’re towel is going to get wet and cold!
Condition your hair. The seawater in the Blue Lagoon has high levels of silica. While silica is not harmful to hair, it can make your hair stiff and difficult to manage so it’s recommended that you apply conditioner to your hair before entering the lagoon. Complimentary conditioner is provided in the shower area.
You have to take it off! As a general rule, you’re supposed to shower without your swimming costume before entering the lagoon. There are both open showers and cubicles to protect your modesty, however this was not policed at all and we were able to leave our costumes on. The showers are located within the changing areas and not outside for everyone to see – phew!
Make full use of your wristband. Upon your arrival, you will be given a wristband which not only acts as a key to your changing room locker, but is also used as an in-water credit card to purchase drinks and refreshments.
Get snap happy! Cameras are welcome in the lagoon and I’d recommend a head strap if you have a Go Pro so you can swim around hands-free. In addition, you can purchase waterproof phone covers from the in-water bar.
Don’t take the chance. Whilst your watch, fit bit or prescription glasses might be waterproof, the silica and other elements can damage or corrode your items so if in doubt, don’t take it and take care not to submerge items into the water. Salt, minerals, and other elements found in the seawater of the Blue Lagoon can irritate your eyes. Therefore, if you wear contact lenses, it’s recommended that you remove them before entering the lagoon.
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