For day 3 we had booked an excursion to The Blue Lagoon via Greyline. Tickets were £63 each which included travel, pick up from the hotel & drop off and the admission to the lagoon. I’d booked the 11:00-15:00 time slot as I thought this would be an optimal amount of time to spend there.
When we arrived at the Lagoon at around 11:30 we joined a massive queue. Hurried in we were shouted at instructions of the wrist bands and were told how to wear them and how important it was to not lose them. Around 10 minutes in the queue and it was our turn to collect our wrist bands and hurry for the changing rooms.
We changed into our bathing suits and headed for the showers. Take a towel with you at this point and leave it on the storage shelves provided as the security won’t let you back to the changing rooms without being dry. It’s a requirement to shower before you go into the lagoon and they recommend lathering your hair in the conditioner provided as the minerals in the water can make your hair dry. I completely covered my hair and popped it up in a bun. Mum and I met the boys in the pool entrance and got into the lagoon – still inside. There was a swim up door which opens to the outside.
Photographs at The Blue Lagoon
Before going to Iceland I knew I would need a decent camera that could withstand different weather conditions. I already own a DSLR, and my iPhone is pretty damn good but I wanted a waterproof camera as I knew my DSLR would probably suffer with condensation at some point or the battery would die at a cruical point. I did lots of searching and reading reviews and decided to buy an Olympus Tough TG-4 which is freezable to -10°C and waterproof to 15m which suits both my summer and winter holiday camera needs! I have to say it was a bit weird swimming around with the camera dangling on my wrist in the water and then turning it on and snapping a load of pictures and it actually working. I was a bit skeptical on how this would cope with the heat of the Blue Lagoon but it has a massive thumbs up from me and meant we could capture the experience and not look like an idiot by holding up a phone hoping I didn’t drop it in the water.
Swimming in The Blue Lagoon
The lagoon temperature is around 37°C – 40°C which is absolutely amazing and so relaxing. Inside the lagoon you will find a cave, lots of nooks and crannies to hide away in, a swim up bar, a massaging waterfall, saunas and a mud mask bar. The wristbands act as a waterproof credit card so you can go up to the bar and purchase your drinks on the wristband. We didn’t do this as we knew it would probably be pretty pricey. After swimming around for around 20 minutes we headed for our silica mud masks. We slapped it on each others faces and waited 5 – 10 minutes for it to harden and then wash off.
We went and sat on the side of the lagoon and took in our surroundings waiting for the mask to harden. Once washed off we swam around the lagoon. The temperature in places changes from warm to hot. When we found a hot place we would linger for a few minutes.
There was a queue of about 5 people in front of us for this but there is a small pool with seating in that you can pass away the time an experience the power of the waterfall. I have to say that this was a highlight. The sheer force took my breath away and nearly pushed me off my feet! After Mr M had also had a go we went back and chilled out.
Is it worth it?
If you’ve never been to Iceland before it’s a definite must to experience it and tick off the bucket list but would I go back? Absolutely not. After chatting to some locals, the Blue Lagoon is a tourist trap making and charging so much money. The Blue Lagoon is man made and they’ve done a great job at targeting tourists and charging over the odds for the pleasure of swimming in the lagoon. Locals recommend visiting local baths, many of which can be found across the city and are a great chance to engage in conversation with the Icelandic people and experience the geothermal water at a fraction of the price.
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