blue lagoons, iceland
Iceland was the last stop of our honeymoon trip we took in June 2019 and it honestly felt like we were on another planet. Before we got there we were in Venice, Florence and then London so it was justtttt a little different than our previous stops.
We originally planned on just doing the Blue Lagoons during our layover, but our flight ended up getting canceled and rebooked the following day which meant we got to spend the night in Iceland! (Which was actually super crazy because in June, the sun doesn't set until after midnight - that was interesting, lol.)
| Getting There
There's basically three options for getting from Kevlavik Airport to the Blue Lagoons. A bus, private transfer, or rent a car. The airport and Iceland in general seem to revolve around tourism, so you can't really go wrong, it just depends on your schedule and budget.
Bryant and I are always willing to spend a little extra on our longer international travel days, especially towards the end of a long trip. Comfortability is key at that point, and the less stressed we are, the less likely we are to annoy the shit out of each other lol. That said, we decided to do a private transfer on this trip instead of a cheaper option like the bus.
We booked our ride through this adorable blog we found called I Heart Reykjavik - it's basically all things Iceland. From the airport he took us to the Blue Lagoons which is only about a 20 minute drive, waited outside the entire time with our luggage, and then drove us about an hour to our hotel in Reykjavik. He's a local so it was really fun to talk to him and learn about all the places to go and what to do with our little time we had in town.
| The lagoons
We booked our tickets ahead of time through the Blue Lagoon Iceland website - once you arrive, there's a check-in center and plenty of people to help you figure out what to do. From there, you'll get a wristband that's used for drinks, face masks, and is also your locker key. We each had the 'Comfort' package which included one free drink or juice from the swim up bar and one Silica Mud Mask, this package is more than enough to get the full experience. Also, if you want to have more than one drink you just scan your wristband at the swim up bar and it charges your card. Super easy!
Okay, story time. Bryant and I were still adjusting from the long flight and weren't prepared at all for the locker room situation. At check in they explain that men and women split up into separate locker rooms, you put your belongings in a locker, rinse off in the shower and then meet at the "meeting point" outside on the other end of the locker rooms by the lagoons. Bryant has a habit of throwing his stuff into my purse since I always have it on me, and neither of us had any idea when we split up for the locker rooms that I actually had his bathing suit with me - LOL.
So as I'm sitting by the lagoons in awe waiting for him to come out, he's still standing outside the woman's bathroom naked under his towel with no cell phone, yelling my name for 10 minutes and eventually got one of the workers to announce my name over the speaker! So long story short - make sure that everyone has what they need before splitting up and heading into the locker rooms.
Two tips for the lockers rooms...first, remember your locker number. If I could go back in time I would have taken a pic on my phone before heading out to the lagoons. There are tons of lockers in there and with a lot going on, I totally blanked when I got back in there and had to find someone to help me out. Second tip: if you have a lot of hair, be sure to pump it full of the conditioner they provide in the showers after you've rinsed off. This helps create a barrier between your hair and the high amounts of silica in the water and if you don't use it, your hair will be crispier than a Dorito!
As far as bringing a phone or camera into the lagoon area, totally doable. The water is shallow enough that you won't be trying to save it from getting wet while moving around and there are plenty of little rock ledges where you can set it down and enjoy the lagoons for a little without holding it. I saw some people with their phones in little plastic baggies which was a smart move.
| What Things Cost
Summary of what we paid for on our trip to the lagoons.
TIPS TO SAVE MONEY
We could of saved a lot of money not doing private transport, but in the end we both thought the convenience and experience was worth the extra money. For Blue Lagoon's tickets, you definitely don't need to do anything more than the 'Comfort Package' to get the full experience.
Yes, it's real touristy. But if you've never swam in warm, blue gatorade colored water in a place that literally looks like a smokey crater on another planet - it's so worth it! Very cool experience and we didn't feel like we were completely smothered by other people at all.
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